23 Feb 2012

Big shakeup at New Zealand Foreign Affairs won't impact on Pacific programmes

7:35 pm on 23 February 2012

New Zealand's aid and development programme in the Pacific is safe from cuts planned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The head of MFAT, says economic development is a focus of the aid programme and the Pacific remains a key priority for New Zealand.

John Allen says despite the likely loss of 305 jobs, better use of technology and less workforce rotation, saving 20 million US dollars per year, the development group remains unchanged.

"The reason for that is that they went through their own change programme previously when they were reintegrated from being NZAid to becoming the IDG group within the Ministry. And in that process we reorientated that group around government priorities particularly in relation to economic development."

John Allen says the composition of the development group workforce will stay the same.