A system of postcode was
introduced in New Zealand in 2006 of June 2006.
Unlike the former system, this postcode system is
used in all mail items starting in 2008 of June.
Even though New Zealand first introduces postcodes
in 1977, these were employed solely for purposes of
pre-sorting big masses of bulk mail, not unlike the
Mailsort system employed by the United Kingdom in
the Royal Mail.
As a result, addresses did not
contain post codes.
The Post of New Zealand did not necessitate individual mail
items to indicate in the address the post code, since OCR or
optical character recognition allowed sorting machines which
were automated to scan the complete addresses, instead of
just post codes, which is what happens with outdated
All mail were manually sorted until the beginning of the
There are 1,856 four-digit post codes, every one of which
may be used for up to ten thousand individual areas. They
begin with zero in the Northland area and go on southward,
terminating with codes beginning with nine in Southland and
In 2008 of October, the New Zealand
Post established a campaign to 'remember your
postcode', offering up a prize of NZ$10,000 for
recalling a post code.
In large towns and cities, the last 2 digits
designate 1 of the 4 types of delivery, as shown by
Palmerston North addresses.
A PO Box address indicates that mail is sent to a
private box, typically at a Post Office of Post Shop
A Private Bag is a private bag for mail sent to an
organization such as a big company or a department
of the government.
A Rural Delivery is employed in rural regions for
With the latest system, a number of regions in
Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch currently
either are assigned their own post code, or have
fewer suburbs to share it with. For instance, if a
post code includes Mount Eden, Epsom, and Mount
Albert, each one now has its own unique post code.
Every Post Shop reception area is now assigned its
own postcode. With the previous system, some post
codes encompassed quite a few Private Bag number
ranges or PO Box in the same metropolis.
With the previous system, Wellington, Auckland, and
Christchurch were separated into postal zones, which
were integrated into the system of post code for
empty in bulk mails.
Towns and cities with Maori names are recognized by
the New Zealand Post in New Zealand. Despite the
significant dissimilarity among the 2 languages, it
was not necessary to put in the post code in the
Mail to New Zealand Parliament members is sent free
of charge to the correspondent. The charge is paid
by the budget of the Member. Before New Zealand Post
has had the bulk of authority on rentals of Private
But today, Private Box and DX Mail offer an option for those
who require an address with remote box. Together with the
rest of the new competitors in the market place, the New
Zealand Post may discover that it is hard to keep up with
the latest system of addressing. This is the reason they
came up with a standard for mail addressing.