NZ envoys keep their allowance for spouses

Cutting spouse allowances was not such a big saving, says a report on the NZ budget. [ABC]
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Cutting spouse allowances was not such a big saving, says a report on the NZ budget. [ABC]

Last Updated: Thu, 3 May 2012 18:16:00 +1000

The New Zealand Government is expected to back down on plans to dramatically restructure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This follows the leaking of Cabinet papers showing it will make just half of the $24 million in savings it originally planned.

A report in the New Zealand Herald says the papers - which show that 53 foreign policy and diplomatic roles will be cut - are expected to go before the Cabinet next week.

The report says since the leak the ministry has backed down on proposals to cut the allowances of diplomats serving overseas, such as spousal allowances.

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