(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — New Zealand’s postal service is expected to reduce its deliveries from six days each week to three beginning in June 2015.
The BBC News reports that delivery services in rural areas — where residents are more reliant on receiving their mail — will only be cut to five days each week. Everywhere else, mail deliveries are being cut in half, largely to help the postal service’s financial status.
The New Zealand Post called the change “inevitable” in a statement, pointing to the “ongoing and rapid decline in letter mail volumes.”
It was not immediately clear what impact the change in delivery schedule would have on employment in the postal service.
The changes will not include express mail or courier post, the BBC News says, and will only apply to standard postal services.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN