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Courier/PostieAlternative titles

Kaikawe Karere

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Bicycle Courier
Motorbike Courier
Parcel Contractor
Postal Deliverer
Rural Mail Contractor

Couriers/posties sort, collect and deliver mail, packages, parcels and other goods to houses or businesses, using a vehicle or on foot.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

What are the chances of getting a job?


Chances of getting a job as a courier/postie are average due to stable worker numbers; however, cuts are on the horizon for posties from 2015.

According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of posties/couriers has increased slightly between 2011 and 2013. 

However, mail volumes decreased by about 30% between 2006 and 2013. Because of this, New Zealand Post has signalled that as of 2015 it will reduce the number of days urban postal deliveries are made from five to three. This will see the loss of hundreds of postie jobs.

In rural areas, New Zealand Post will continue to deliver five days a week, and rural postie numbers will likely see little change.

Opportunities for couriers increasing 

While letter numbers have been falling, the increasing popularity of online shopping has seen parcel volumes increase. This has seen some increase in demand for couriers.

Better opportunities during holiday season, and at smaller courier companies

Opportunities for couriers/posties increase during busy holiday periods such as Christmas, when mail volumes grow significantly. These courier/postie jobs tend to be casual or part time only.

It is often easier to find work with smaller courier companies, as competition is strong for jobs at larger companies. Larger companies offer better pay, and some have a backlog of people interested in becoming couriers.

New Zealand Post the largest employer

New Zealand Post has about 95% of the letter delivery market. It employs all posties and is also a big employer of couriers.

Couriers/posties work for:

  • courier companies as employees, or self-employed owner-operators in a franchise or contract arrangement
  • New Zealand Post as a self-employed rural mail delivery contractor
  • other registered postal operators.


  • Hancy, K, recruitment analyst, New Zealand Post, Careers New Zealand interview, October 2013.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2013.
  • New Zealand Post, 'Annual Report 2012', October 2013, (www.nzpost.co.nz).
  • Rutherford, H, 'Jobs to Go and Fewer deliveries', Stuff website, October 2013.
  • Strickland, S, courier recruitment consultant, New Zealand Couriers, Careers New Zealand interview, August 2010.

Current vacancies

Get On Board with Go Bus! Listed: 23 Jan 2015 Otago
Class 4 drivers come join the team! Listed: 21 Jan 2015 Wellington
Class 4 Pro Drivers! Listed: 20 Jan 2015 Waikato
Class 4 & 5 Metro DRIVERS, required URGENTLY ! Listed: 20 Jan 2015 Canterbury
Exceptional operator wanted. Listed: 16 Jan 2015 Auckland
Class 2,4 and 5 Drivers - Immediate start! Listed: 09 Jan 2015 Auckland
** TRUCK DRIVER - CLASS 5 ** Listed: 09 Jan 2015 Auckland

Other vacancy websites

Progression and specialisations

Experienced couriers/posties may move into training or supervisory roles.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Bryan Saril holding a large parcel, and entering a building

Opportunities for couriers/posties increase during busy periods such as Christmas

Updated 7 Nov 2013