Sunday, April 21, 2013

Afghan interpreters are most welcome in New Zealand.

New Zealand has rightly welcomed the Afghan interpreters and their families. This signals the end of New Zealand's involvement in the tragedy that is Afghanistan. The sad fact remains that much of the good work; that is reconstruction, will become null and void once all foreign 'help' has left Afghanistan.
The interpreters did much to smooth the way for our boys and girls in uniform and put themselves at risk by doing so. If NZ had not brought them back to NZ then it would not have been long before the 'Mediaeval' Taliban would have killed them and their families.
We should now 'smooth the way' for this group in return and include them as part of us, the wider New Zealand family. Their time of  watching over their backs is at an end.
Now, my Afghan friends, wherever you settle; take advantage of everything that New Zealand offers in the form of education, health care and employment. You have earned your new start in our little country at the bottom of the earth or as we like to be called---'Middle Earth.' Just remember, we are not 'hobbits.' The Land of the Long White Cloud,' Aotearoa is now your home.