The Petone Post Shop and Kiwibank will be closing their doors on 4 September. The good news is The Post Shop is staying in the middle of Jackson Street. They will be operating from Unichem Petone Pharmacy, corner of Jackson and Bay Streets from 5 September. The post boxes are moving to the former Wellington Mail Centre building (now Bunnings), 47 The Esplanade.
Unfortunately, Kiwibank is closing altogether. The closest branch is Queens Drive, Lower Hutt, on the outside of Queensgate Mall. They have established a telephone line for customers who are not able to travel to Lower Hutt and do not use online banking. Those affected, please ring 0800 521 522.
There will be only two ATM’s on the Street – ANZ and BNZ. There are other machines inside both supermarkets – Pak’nSave and Countdown. Westpac is at the western end of the Street in the Countdown complex.
A bit of history: the closing of the Post Shop ends an era of the Post Office being the corner of Jackson and Britannia Streets. The Post Office opened on that site on 2 July 1900 in a purpose-built brick building. That building was then demolished in 1935 and a steel reinforced building was erected in its place – that building opened in 1936, but without the veranda we have today. Going even further back in history – the first postal service operating daily from Petone to Thorndon began in July 1840.