BREAKING NEWS
Man charged with murder of Tauranga baby ... More soon
Close

MFAT seeks art adviser as 200 jobs cut

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 05:00 27/08/2011

Relevant offers

Politics

England lose to Iceland, John Key puts off call to David Cameron Officials reviewing P contamination guidelines, as expert says risk overstated New Zealand and Australia can 'piggy-back' each other post-Brexit, says Prime Minister John Key Should we rename State Highway 1 after Captain James Cook? No fast track on money-laundering law in wake of Shewan report - Key Pharmac poised to fund melanoma drug Keytruda subject to feedback Damning inquiry 'misinterpreted', says State Services Minister Paula Bennett 'Cloud' technologies prompt Search & Surveillance Act review John Key floats departure tax idea Korean police could charge NZ government official after diplomatic immunity waived

The Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry is looking for someone to look after its art collection – at the same time as it seeks to shed 200 jobs.

It has advertised for a part-time "works of art adviser" to buy paintings and sculptures for embassies and give advice on framing, hanging and caring for works.

The post, offering up to $30,000 a year, reports to the ministry's art manager, who will also work part-time. The ministry owns 2539 works of art, worth $3.8 million.

This year, chief executive John Allen said it was likely the ministry would "slim down" by 200 people as it tried to save $30m to $40m a year.

Labour acting state services spokesman Grant Robertson questioned why two people were needed to manage the collection.

"The Foreign Ministry has a lot of art ... and it does deserve to be looked after. But why do we need two people? An additional person ... seems very odd ... in terms of the context of what's happened."

Staff learned this week that 144 people would lose their jobs as a result of a merger of the agriculture and fisheries ministries.

The ministry said it maintained a collection in public areas in 95 buildings globally.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content