Otorohanga New Zealand DX 15c stampways document exchange service.
Author : StampMogul.
New Zealand Post threatened legal action against persons or organisations which carried letters against the state monopoly.
Stampways Coast Community Society commenced operations on 1st December,1987 because a number of local rural delivery contractors were terminated, and the residents were not happy.
On 3rd October,1988 NZ Post went to the High Court requesting an injunction to close down "stampways".
The hearing was "post" v "coast", and Justice J. Doogue handed down his judgement that the service operated contrary to Section 3(1) of the Postal Services Act of 1987.
They had to close the business.
Due to general dissatisfaction in NZ with the Post Office there was a move to introduce competition in the late 1990's (similar to other private competition in Scandanavian countries). This became law in May,1988 and numerous "alternate post" operators registered with the Ministry of Economic Development to conform with the new regulations.
Thus New Zealand is one of a growing number of countries which permit competition in the postal operations for letters.
Note that courier companies are not restricted in conveying parcels & larger packages.