More than $1 million spent on Ethiopian rental property considered ‘important diplomatic tool’

  • Taxpayers have spent more than $350,000 on upgrades to a rental property for New Zealand’s ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union in Addis Ababa.

A further $695,000 was spent over three years on the operating cost of renting and running the Official Residence of Ambassador Bruce Shepherd, which include utilities, taxes, maintenance and security.

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A Google Earth view of the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa where the NZ Embassy to Ethiopia is located in a commercial apartment.

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