20 Apr 2015

Defence personnel to stay in Afghanistan

6:18 pm on 20 April 2015

The Government has confirmed it will leave defence force personnel in Afghanistan until the end of 2016.

Afghan policemen in the capital, Kabul.

Afghan policemen in the capital, Kabul. Photo: AFP

Five Defence Force mentors and three support staff have been based at the Afghan National Army training Academy in Kabul since 2013.

As part of the deployment's annual review Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said New Zealand's continued involvement was important.

He said the academy had achieved positive results, and the training was needed for a stable and secure Afghanistan.

New Zealand forces had been active in Afghanistan for more than a decade; officially ending operations there in March 2012.