2 Apr 2012

Mission heads gather to discuss job cuts, restructuring

10:46 pm on 2 April 2012

Nearly 40 of New Zealand's top foreign diplomats are meeting in Wellington on Monday to discuss proposed cuts to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

MFAT has invited the heads of mission to a two-day summit to discuss its future and how it can save $24 million.

Up to 300 jobs would be cut under the proposal.

The Labour Party released a letter last week showing that many of the diplomats believe the proposed changes would undermine the ministry's strengths.

Labour's foreign affairs and trade spokesperson Phil Goff says he hopes the ministry will take note of the diplomats' concerns at the meeting.

Mr Goff says the meeting is costing the ministry $200,000.