Keeping in touch

Discussion in 'The Other Half' started by The_Therapist, Jun 23, 2009.

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  1. Good morning!

    As a little background detail, Im off to New Zealand for 10 weeks to visit my mother, whilst my partner is in Afghan.

    Does anyone know whether Blueys will be sent out from over there? As I wont have any internet access for those 10 weeks, and obviously I would like to be able to write to my partner whilst away.

    Failing that, do the Australians or New Zealanders have any systems in use for contacting forces out in theatre, as I believe their personnel are deployed to Afghan as well? (Please correct me if Im wrong).

    Any information would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks in advance,
    T_T
     
  2. Use E-Bluey's. Doesn't seem to care where you are in the world, just where it's going....
     
  3. As I wont have any internet access for those 10 weeks,

    My bold, bit hard for e-blueys
     
  4. Summary of Key features

    The Armed Forces Concession is a pricing concession for items posted to or
    from New Zealand servicemen serving abroad or at sea. This also applies to
    overseas servicemen serving with the armed forces in New Zealand.

    Letters and Parcels sent through the Armed Forces Concession are
    subsidised. Postage is charged at the domestic rate for both letters and
    parcels, instead of the international rate. However there is a 10kg weight limit for parcels

    Product Requirements Outbound Letters

    • Destinations are limited to those that are agreed between the Armed
    Forces and New Zealand Post, and are subject to change.
    • Letters must be marked as Forces Concession. All items posted must
    carry the individual's name, rank, regimental number and name of
    Operation.
    • Items are to be presented at a New Zealand Post retail outlet or collected
    from a military base.

    Outbound Parcels

    • Destinations are limited to those that are agreed between the Armed
    Forces and New Zealand Post, and are subject to change.
    • Parcels must be marked as Forces Concession. All items posted must
    carry the individual's name, rank, regimental number and name of
    Operation.
    • Items are to be presented at a New Zealand Post retail outlet or collected
    from a military base.
    • For parcels under 2kg, the green Customs Declaration (OS008a) must be
    completed.
    • For parcels over 2kg, the red Consignment Note (OS007) must be
    completed.
    General
    • The address written in English in the follow format:
    “Forces Concession”
    Service Number / Rank / and Name
    OP “Operation name”
    Address 1 (Po Box / Street number)
    Address 2 (City / Postal code)
    Address 3 (Country)
    C/- INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE
    AUCKLAND
    • A New Zealand return address
    • An ‘International Air’ or ‘International Economy’ service indicator on the
    front, top left hand corner

    Source: http://www.nzpost.co.nz/NZPost/Images/NZPost/PDF/PostalUsersGuide.pdf

    Page 70.

    Have had mail sent from NZ whilst on ops, took 10 days from NZ to TELIC.