The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has made 51 staff in regional offices redundant.
The 16 job losses at Invercargill, seven at Nelson, 12 at Rotorua, nine from Napier and seven at New Plymouth are part of the government's public sector budget cuts, the Public Service Association says.
"Staff say they are already struggling to meet customer demand and the job losses will mean fewer people on the phones, fewer people talking to customers face-to-face and less processing work being done," says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.
"Regional New Zealand is in desperate need of jobs and economic stimulus. These are good jobs that are going from places where work can be hard to find.
"People in good jobs bring value and income to small communities. They spend their earnings at local businesses so local businesses will also be hit by these cuts."
An IRD spokesman said on Thursday the cuts would help it deliver a more flexible and sustainable approach with work that could be done over the phone taken up by offices in the main centres.
Last year IRD said it would cut 156 full-time jobs across the five offices.
source: newshub archive