7 Nov 2013

Peters says cutbacks in foreign dept a mistake

9:18 pm on 7 November 2013

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Government is not putting enough resources into dealing with global issues.

Winston Peters.

Winston Peters. Photo: RNZ

Mr Peters made the comment in Nelson where he is giving a speech to the local branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs on Thursday night.

He says at a time when there is seemingly more unrest in the world, the Government is making cutbacks in critical areas.

"The world is more complex, fast moving than ever before. It begs the question as to why we have literally massacred the foreign affairs department, downsized it and sacked so many very good and capable people.

"The only department we had capable of matching this complexity was, in fact, the foreign affairs department."