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Snail mail finally arrives 23 years later

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/08/2016

A piece of snail mail posted in 1993 has well and truly lived up to its name after it was finally delivered 23 years later.

Jeanette Baker's thank you card to a friend, posted after the birth of her daughter Tyler, only had to travel about 12km from one Lower Hutt suburb to another.

But the journey from Wainuiomata to Waiwhetu took it's time, only arriving late last month.

NZ Post says they don't know what happened to the letter, posted for 45 cents, or where it has been for the last two decades.

"There are two cancellations on the envelope, one from 1993 and one from the Te Puni Mail centre in 2010," a spokeswoman said.

"We have to speculate that perhaps the letter was delivered to the wrong house, and sat there for many years before being put back into the mail network."

Other possibilities include that the letter was blown out of a mailbox or was lodged under a sorting machine at the Te Puni Mail Centre.

NZ Post said it was also a mystery that someone had changed the address on the letter, to a new address that didn't appear to exist.

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