New Zealand on Wednesday announced pay cuts for top public officials including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a period of six months to cushion the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a news conference, Arden said her Cabinet and heads of government departments will face a 20% pay cut.

“I feel acutely the struggle many New Zealanders are facing and so too do the people I work with,” she said, thanking department heads for voluntarily accepting the salary cuts.

“While this cut in itself won’t shift the government’s overall fiscal position, it is an acknowledgement that every person

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