TVNZ, NEW ZEALAND HERALD (New Zealand)
WELLINGTON - In order to adapt to the decreasing volume of posted items, the New Zealand Post is considering cutting mail delivery from six to three days a week to allow "greater flexibility" in its services, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Although Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams said that no measures would be taken unless they had public approval, Prime Minister John key insisted on the inevitability of the process: “People are receiving less mail so it makes sense for New Zealand Post to get itself sorted out,” reports TVNZ.
According to the New Zealand Herald, mail volumes have dropped considerably during the last 10 years, with 265 million fewer items being posted each year compared to 2002. This number is expected to drop by a further 25% in the next five years.
The debate has spread across the country, between those who rely on the Internet technology and those who still count on postal services. "About 30% of NZ isn't online and that's a significant number, and older people do value the mail more," Graeme Clarke of the postal Workers Union told TVNZ.
George Collins, a postal industry organizer for NZ’s largest union, the EPMU, said he didn’t believe the cuts would be justified. "Are New Zealanders going to wait days for their mail?" he asked.
Running out of ideas to keep the mail coming
A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.
A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."
The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.
Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021
Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?
The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.
The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.
The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."
The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."
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