Story: State-owned enterprises

Breaking up the Post Office

Breaking up the Post Office

In 1987 the century-old New Zealand Post Office was split into three new state-owned enterprises – New Zealand Post, Postbank (which took over the Post Office Savings Bank) and Telecom (which took over telephone and telegraph services). This cover from Katipo, the journal of the Post Office Union, shows that the union continued to represent the staff of all three businesses. Postbank was sold to the ANZ bank in 1989 and Telecom was sold to a consortium in 1990. New Zealand Post remained a state-owned enterprise in 2011.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: S-L 1016-COVER

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Rob Laking, 'State-owned enterprises - State-owned enterprises’ performance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/32683/breaking-up-the-post-office (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Rob Laking, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 Feb 2015