23 Feb 2012

NZ foreign affairs cuts to spare Pacific links

4:43 am on 23 February 2012

New Zealand's foreign minister says the Pacific has nothing to fear from proposed changes to the ministry of foreign affairs and trade.

Changes to the ministry are due to be announced today and wide cuts have been signalled.

Murray McCully says the changes will deliver what he calls a bold change regime.

"I don't think there are any reasons for anyone to be concerned about changes in the Pacific. The government has made it clear that our engagement in the Pacific is a high priority and just as I have indicated publicly that you won't see cuts to our diplomatic capacity at the United Nations, I think you can safely assume that we're won't see any cuts to our diplomatic capacity in the Pacific."

Murray McCully says he won't make any comment on details of the changes until the Ministry has announced them.