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MFAT Cost Cutting Orgy Insane Says Peters


Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
23 Feb 2012

MFAT Cost Cutting Orgy Insane Says Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the government is slashing trade and diplomatic posts and services at a time New Zealand desperately needs them.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is reportedly sacking 305 staff including 63 “frontline” employees.

Mr Peters says this is an “insane” move because New Zealand is desperately trying to increase its overseas trade and it needs diplomatic representation to smooth the way with the increasing number of trading blocs throughout the world.

“This is an experimental approach to a business model and it is entirely without merit. MFAT covers our international reputation and standing as well as critical issues such as trade.

“Countries like Singapore, Brazil and Norway, which are doing very well, are increasing their overseas posts. They understand the way the world works.

“New Zealand, with a meddling foreign minister, is doing the exact reverse. It shows that the government does not understand international relations and is oblivious to the pressures faced by New Zealand exporters.

“The country’s future is jeopardised by these thoughtless cost-cutting moves,” says Mr Peters.

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