New Zealand Post has completed the delayed delivery of more than 18,000 pieces of mail allegedly stolen by a postie.
The final batch of about 2300 letters and packages was delivered on Sunday when nine NZ Post staff delivered to about 900 homes in the Queenstown area.
Spokesman Michael Tull said the delivery was "a bit of a milestone" and most of the mail had gone to the intended recipients, despite the transient nature of the town's population.
About 1600 pieces of mail opened or showing signs of being tampered with were accompanied by a letter from the police advising the recipients they could make a complaint as part of 'Operation Jess'.
Philippa Lynette Lindsay, aged 32, of Frankton, was arrested on November 9 and remanded in the Queenstown District Court on December 3 for a post-committal conference on February 14.
The postal worker is accused of stealing more than 18,000 pieces of mail which police seized and catalogued.
She faces one indictably laid charge of stealing mail and parcels between September 1, 2010, and November 9, 2012.By Christina McDonald