30 Jan 2024

Labour's Ayesha Verrall on Government's planned cuts to the public sector

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 30 January 2024

Labour's public service spokesperson says New Zealanders could lose frontline services as the finance minister looks for public sector funding cuts.

Treasury confirmed last week that department chiefs could suggest cuts to both departmental and non-departmental funding.

Ayesha Verrall says the latter extends to the likes of Te Whatu Ora and housing providers.

Finance Minister Nicola Willis declined to come on Morning Report but said in a statement she expects the chief executives to use "good judgement" when proposing where savings could be made.

Verrall spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.