Story: Mail and couriers

Cycle couriers

Keeping an eye on overtaking vehicles, Wellington cycle courier Tom Finlay heads back to base after a delivery in 1990. Cycle couriers are often the fastest means of mail and document delivery in inner-city areas. Their daring and even dangerous riding style has given them the nickname ‘suicide jockeys’.

Listen to Alistair McAlpine talking in 1995 to one of Wellington’s 'suicide jockeys'.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 855 –Red Corpuscles on Wheels/Reference number CDR1241).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1990/1778A/32
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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How to cite this page:

Tim Shoebridge, 'Mail and couriers - Couriers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/23077/cycle-couriers (accessed 2 March 2021)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 11 Mar 2010