Murray McCully’s department is out of control.
MFaT has blown more than $11 million on an apartment for our ambassador to the UN.
Hells teeth even at New York prices that is a whole lot of hootenanny gone a begging when it would have been cheaper to rent.
The Government has shelled out almost $11 million on a luxury New York apartment for our man at the United Nations.
Gerard van Bohemen, who was previously deputy secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and responsible for multilateral and legal affairs, was appointed New Zealand’s new permanent representative at the United Nations in February.
The US$7.9 million pied-a-terre in Manhattan’s Zeckendorf Development’s 50 United Nations Plaza lists the buyer as “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the apartment in New York had been bought as the residence for the Head of Mission.
He said it cost $10,975,228.
“This follows a decision to sell the old residence, which is now on the market.”