New Zealand Post will announce tomorrow a new postal system for delivering to street addresses, introducing "zip codes" to the country for the first time.
It's lucky that having cellphones mean that we don't have to remember each others telephone numbers anymore, find the name, press send and away you go. Making sure you're not crossing networks at peak time of course!
The first number of the four-digit postal code will identify the general area of a person's address, with 0 signifying Northland to the North Shore and 9 the code for Dunedin, Otago and Southland. Everywhere else inbetween will be numbered inbetween.
The remaining digits will narrow the focus of where the letter is destined, down to at least the suburb or street blah blah blah. So, are you excited about getting your new number? I know I am. I won't sleep tonight for the anticipation.
Unfortunately, it's not going to do anything for the poor postie delivering Trade Me parcels in Auckland's suburb of Dannemora where all the houses look exactly the same.