Postal Services Act 1998

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Version as at 12 April 2022

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Postal Services Act 1998

Public Act
1998 No 2
Date of assent
18 March 1998
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


1Short title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Postage stamps
5Detention of postal articles
6Postal articles found to be in contravention of this Act
7Postal operator or claimant may apply for order as to disposal
8Disposal following conviction
9No action to lie
10Postal articles believed to be in contravention of other enactments
11Valuable postal articles to be kept safely
12Record of postal articles detained and opened
14Offender not relieved from liability
15Opening of postal articles to effect delivery
16Undeliverable postal articles
17Disposal of unclaimed postal articles
18Postal articles required to be dealt with under other provisions
19Obligation to pass on postal articles
20Wrongful divulgence of information
21Posting of objectionable thing
22Posting indecent article, etc
23Unlawfully opening postal article
24Posting of dangerous enclosure
25Recording on postal article incorrect time or place of posting
26Definition of business of postal operator
27Postal operators must be registered
29Applications for registration
30Cancellation of registration
31Offence relating to registration
32Register of postal operators
33Requirement to notify Secretary of certain matters
34Inspection of register
35Removal from register
36Certificate of Secretary to be evidence
37Right of appeal
38Determination of appeals
39Postal operator to identify mail accepted by it
40Public letterboxes
41Notice of work
43Appeals in relation to conditions imposed
44Determination of appeals
45Loss or delay of letters
46Postal operator must notify Secretary of intention to cease business
47Obligations on postal operator ceasing business
48Designation of postal operators as postal administration
49Effect of designation
50Designated postal operators to comply with Government policy directions
51Duration of designation
52Crown not liable
53Revocation of designation
54Revocation, etc, of conditions
55Information to Secretary
56Failure to comply with information disclosure requirements
58Offences punishable on summary conviction [Repealed]
59Time for bringing prosecution extended [Repealed]
61Regulations requiring disclosure of information
62Consequential amendments and repeals
63NZ Post to be registered postal operator
64Application to postal articles posted in contravention of Postal Services Act 1987
65NZ Post to be sole postal administration for 5 years

An Act to regulate the provision of postal services