Desperation is growing for Afghan New Zealanders watching from afar as the Taliban raids homes, families go into hiding, and their calls for help from the Government go unheeded.
More than 15 former interpreters who worked for New Zealand’s Defence Force in Afghanistan stood outside Parliament on Monday, wearing medals and holding signs saying “We served now we need help”, and “Please talk to us for five minutes”.
The interpreters want the Government to move forward on immigration applications for their family members, who remain in Afghanistan. No Government ministers met the group at Parliament on Monday.
This is disgraceful. Ministers should be doing everything they can to get their families out.