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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand's postal service says it plans to cut up to 2,000 jobs as it transitions to delivering the mail just three days a week to most customers.
The job cuts amount to about one-fifth of the service's workforce and will be implemented over three years.
New Zealand Post made the announcement Friday after the government last week agreed to allow the service to reduce its six-day delivery service from 2015 in urban areas.
Rural residents, who make up about 12 percent of customers, will get their mail delivered five days a week.
The service says mail volume is dropping at more than 7 percent each year. The rate is accelerating as customers increasingly turn to the Internet to communicate and pay their bills.
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