17 Jan 2013

More Afghan interpreters seek to settle in NZ

12:08 pm on 17 January 2013

The Ministry of Defence says it will respond to an open letter from a group of families of Afghan interpreters asking to settle in New Zealand.

Twenty three interpreters have already been offered resettlement, because they worked with the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan during the last two years. Twenty one of the group accepted.

The families of five other interpreters have since sent an open letter to some Members of Parliament saying they also worked with NZ Defence, but resigned before 2010.

A spokesperson for the ministry said cases from that time will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the five families will be sent a reply telling them to apply individually.