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NZ Post launches new look for posties

NZ Post has launched new uniforms in the lead-up to Christmas.

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NZ Post has launched new uniforms in the lead-up to Christmas.

NZ Post posties and couriers will be looking a little lighter and brighter when they appear at your mailbox this Christmas.

NZ Post has ditched posties’ yellow and red uniforms for new orange and blue ones which incorporate the new NZ Post branding, launched in June 2021.

NZ Post chief people officer Monica Ayers said it aligned with the new branding being rolled out on packaging, vehicles and NZ Post properties, as well as significantly increasing visibility for safety.

“Our people have been delivering for New Zealanders for 180 years, and we’ve seen a huge amount of change over that time,” she said.

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“The uniforms worn by our posties and couriers are a reflection of the times. The new uniform is modern, breathable, sustainable and focused foremost on the safety of our delivery teams – which is hugely important to us.”

The new NZ Post delivery uniform includes a short-sleeved polo shirt, as well as a long-sleeved polo, shorts, trackpants and fleece.

The bright orange color was introduced to maximize the visibility of the postal team.

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The bright orange color was introduced to maximize the visibility of the postal team.

Protection for the colder months is via a reversible high-vis puffer jacket, with removable sleeves to create a puffer vest, as well as full wet weather gear.

Workwear Group senior designer – industrial Mark Godoy said he was proud to have been involved in designing and producing the uniforms.

From the 1960s to the 1980s the women wore a gray dress while doing the postie run.

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From the 1960s to the 1980s the women wore a gray dress while doing the postie run.

“We started with a clear position that safety was at the forefront of the design, and compliance with established New Zealand safety standards was non-negotiable. The new uniform has high visibility day and night as well as offering climate control and a comfortable fit.”

The NZ Post delivery uniform has not changed significantly over the past 11 years.

From 1984 to 1987 posties were able to rock this blue and red tracksuit.

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From 1984 to 1987 posties were able to rock this blue and red tracksuit.

“The new uniforms have been made with sustainability in mind. As our NZ Post posties and couriers begin to wear the new-look uniform, old uniforms will be returned so they can be recycled.

“We have partnered with a recycling team who reuse and recycle materials into soft fiber which can be used for insulation, furniture, and more,” Ayers said.

Over the past 100 years, NZ Post delivery uniforms have changed to keep up with current fabric technology, contemporary fashion trends, and changes in society.

Images shared by Te Papa showcase NZ Post uniforms dating back to the early 1910s, when posties wore a full wool suit complete with epaulettes, silver buttons, leather cuffs, red piping, buttoned pockets and a tie.

Te Papa history curator Stephanie Gibson said it was incredible to see how the styles of the NZ Post delivery uniforms had changed over the years.

“Te Papa has a special collection of historic NZ Post uniforms from the 1910s to the 1980s which tell a unique story of the changing landscape of New Zealand society. It’s exciting to see the next milestone moment for what’s long been an indication of the style and trends of the times,” she said.

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