Thanks and Well Done

Our NZDF boys and girls have completed their mission in Bamiyan and are returning home.

Photo: NZDF

Photo: NZDF

The New Zealand flag has been lowered for the final time at Kiwibase in Bamiyan marking the official close of the Provincial Reconstruction Team and this country’s 10-year involvement with it.

The United States and Malaysian flag, representing other nations in the PRT, were also lowered leaving the Afghan flag flying alone. 

The New Zealand, Malaysian and United States flags are lowered for the final time. Photo: NZDF supplied

The New Zealand, Malaysian and United States flags are lowered for the final time.
Photo: NZDF supplied

The Kiwi troops are due to pull out this month, although a final date has not been set, leaving just 27 personnel in a “behind the wire” role in Kabul.

The base will now be stripped of equipment, which will be retuned to New Zealand, and the base will be handed over to Afghan security forces for use as a barracks.

At the flag-lowering ceremony Governor-General Jerry Mateparae said the final “crib 21” rotation could now start the 13,000km trip home.

“You leave a legacy of which you can be proud.”

Sir Jerry read out the names of the 10 Kiwi soldiers who died in Afghanistan: Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell, Private Kirifi Mila, Corporal Dougie Grant, Lance Corporal Leon Smith, Corporal Dougie Hughes, Lance Corporal Rory Malone, Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer, Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Richard Harris.

He said they had come to resists tyranny, promote democratic values and bring peace to troubled lands.

A memorial of three marble slabs was earlier unveiled in Bamiyan township to mark the Kiwi and Afghan troops who died in Bamiyan.



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  • PlanetOrphan

    Welcome home people, excellent job!.
    May peace live with us all.

  • Orange

    Well done, you’ve done us proud.

  • Travis Poulson

    All that work for nothing eh, how sad. Wonder how long after the last international troops leave before the Taliban takes over, 6 weeks, 6 months, a year? The Taliban in Afghanistan are like the possums in NZ, you can maintain a level of control for while,but ignore it/leave they’ll just take over again.

    • thor42

      Maybe…….. maybe not…..

      • Travis Poulson

        People seem to have forgotten the Afghan war. And any other war there. The Afghans simply can’t be removed/wiped out/defeated. The International force have deadlines to leave, the Taliban have all the time in the world. They live there, it is their home, and their fanatical determination is enduring.

      • Ronnie Chow

        You forget Saudi Arabia .

    • Ronnie Chow

      Agreed totally , mate . They have already surrounded Kabul .Wait for another Najibulla swinging from a post .

      • Travis Poulson

        Of course I’d love to be wrong in this case for the sake of the afghan civilians, but I don’t think I will be.

        • Ronnie Chow

          It’s over , it will take some Time , but it’s over

          It began with stinger missiles into thee wrong hands ,Chevron pipeline , entire,failure and will end with a complete Chinese exploitation of the entire

          whole country . just look at the Cong for an example .

          ask Gazzaw , he wold say , It’ The LonjgbGame.

          • Travis Poulson

            Sounds/looks like you’re having a merry Saturday night :)

          • Ronnie Chow

            I refuse to edit .Correct on the analysis , that Balvenie!

  • johnbronkhorst

    You made us proud, carried yourselves and our flag with pride. The reflected glory and respect you earned for us (New Zealand), is VERY much appreciated and will live long in the memory!!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I am so proud of our boys and girls for the job well done. For a small country we do a lot for the world peace. Now I am waiting for nasty comments from stinky Norman.

    • Gazzaw

      At least our troops will not have to sneak in via the back door in plain clothes this time around to avoid being spat upon and abused by the likes of Goff and his ilk.

      • Ronnie Chow

        It’s all about practice , Gazzaw the wise . Even Norman would send troops overseas .
        Which , at a guess , would make his agenda rather scary .

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Ronnie – Don’t ever forget Norman’s piggy squeal – “gimme my flag” – Now you get the drift and his agenda….

        • Gazzaw

          Sure he would. Like sending the Navy down to protect the Greenpeace wankers from the Japanese whalers.

          • Ronnie Chow

            We wish , bro’
            butt we don’ have , the ships .t’s all wanky WWII shit .

      • Honcho

        What happened to our vietnam vets was an absolute disgrace dont get me wrong, I as a New Zealander would not stand by and let a minority spit at and throw eggs at our returning soldiers, especially these guys and gals, heros every one of them.
        Kia kaha, Onward.

    • Mr_V4

      Is it true that North Korea are mounting Norman into the tip of a ballistic missile? They thought about using a nuke, then realised Norman was more toxic.

  • cows4me

    Will the government extend the hand of friendship to the translators and let them live here or will they be forced to take their chances with the Taliban?

    • sheppy

      According to the one news site they are going to be settled in Hamilton

      • Gazzaw

        Excellent. They should make great citizens.

  • manuka416

    Courage, Commitment, Comradeship, Integrity. Well done.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Another proud poster for Bishop Tamiki at his very profitable Maori Cultural Centres ..

    How a bout they stood up like real men .