C-bomb salutation: Was it OK to retrieve the correspondence from letterboxes?

Downer delivered information to some residents' letterboxes that contained the salutation "Dear C***". Most copies were retrieved before the residents read them (file picture).


Downer delivered info to some residents’ letterboxes that contained the salutation “Pricey C***”. Most copies have been retrieved earlier than the residents learn them (file image).


Tasman District Council contractor Downer has backed its retrieval of letters starting with the phrases “Pricey C***” from the mailboxes of recipients.

“Because the letters weren’t particularly addressed to an individual or deal with, and had been hand delivered, we made the decision to retrieve the envelopes with a purpose to restrict any additional offence,” mentioned Downer’s basic supervisor for water Gareth Mappledoram in an announcement issued on Saturday in response to questions over the legality of the transfer to take again the correspondence.

The assertion comes after information broke on Friday that letters containing the C-bomb were delivered last week to a few properties along Lower Queen St, near Nelson, in relation to a deliberate water shutdown.

Is it all right to reclaim correspondence from residents' letterboxes (file photograph)?


Is all of it proper to reclaim correspondence from residents’ letterboxes (file )?

“As soon as we understood the gravity of the scenario, our native crew labored shortly to attempt to restrict the offence the letter might trigger,” Mappledoram mentioned.


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Along with retrieving the letters, Downer workers “spoke in individual to every property, to clarify the scenario and offered a duplicate of the corrected correspondence”, Mappledoram mentioned.


A number of folks raised questions in regards to the legality of recovering that mail from residents’ letterboxes.

New Zealand Submit senior communications adviser Greta Parker mentioned it was not authorized for a sender to retrieve mail that had arrived in somebody’s letterbox or PO field.

“Below the Postal Providers Act, mail should be delivered as addressed,” Parker mentioned.


Nonetheless, the act seems to use to postal operators.

When visited by Stuff on Friday, some residents mentioned they’d not seen the correspondence in query because it had been recovered earlier than they checked their mailboxes.

A letter from a Tasman District Council manager to a resident of Lower Queen St, in Richmond, near Nelson.



A letter from a Tasman District Council supervisor to a resident of Decrease Queen St, in Richmond, close to Nelson.

Nonetheless, they knew about it as a result of they’d been visited by Downer and council workers to apologise to those that had already opened the letters.

Those that weren’t house have been left a letter from Tasman District Council utilities supervisor Mike Schruer.


“Earlier this morning our contractor Downer delivered a letter to your property that contained inappropriate language,” it reads. “The Tasman District Council had no direct enter into the writing or distribution of the letters, which was dealt with by Downer as a part of its contract to ship a council service. Nonetheless, our brand was displayed on the letter.”

It goes on to say that Downer administration will conduct an inside investigation and maintain these accountable accountable.

Mappledoram on Friday mentioned the crew have been “appalled one thing like this might occur” and have been taking it very severely.


“A mistake like that is merely not acceptable and an investigation is at the moment below manner. The native crew have met personally with anybody impacted to apologise.”