The war on terror in Afghanistan has cost New Zealand $185 million and eight lives over the past five years.
And another $32m has been budgeted this financial year, as the Defence Force prepares to withdraw its provincial reconstruction team.
The figures are revealed in documents released by Parliament's foreign affairs, defence and trade committee, and show in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 financial years $44.51m and $50.03m was spent while the country's SAS unit was in Afghanistan.
The figures were released ahead of yesterday's service for Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer, both 26, who died when their squad was involved in fighting near Do Abe, in the northeast of Bamiyan. They were the seventh and eighth Kiwi soldiers to die in Afghanistan in the past two years.
New Zealand ends its involvement next year, and Prime Minister John Key says Durrer and Malone's deaths won't bring that forward, and the exact timing is subject to debate.
"I don't think the terrible loss we've suffered... means we should leave earlier," Key said.
"We should continue on track."
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said last month that over the coming weeks a specialist team would visit Bamiyan to draw up a detailed exit plan.
The Green Party has called for New Zealand's contribution to end when the current rotation's tour is up in October. Foreign affairs spokesman Kennedy Graham said the party supported reconstruction work but the escalation of hostilities in the region had seen staff increasingly used to monitor and defuse tensions.
"The rationale, which we originally supported, appears to have eroded to the point where there is no sound reason for them to be there."
The papers also reveal how much the Defence Force spent on other overseas deployments. It spent $85.6m over four years in Timor Leste. A further $5.4m has been budgeted in this financial year. And the deployment to the Solomon Islands cost $31.2m from 2007-12, with $4.1m to be spent this financial year.
The Defence Force has also outlined its sales plan, with the army offering a relocatable field surgery, a low-level air defence system, and 20 armoured LAVs.
The navy has the former survey and research ship HMNZS Resolution listed on Auckland Shipbrokers' website, and the papers reveal the air force is readying several Sioux helicopters for sale.
Defence Force land and houses in Devonport, Papakura, Hobsonville and Bulls are for sale, alongside houses for removal in Waiouru and Ohakea, as well as Nelson's Army Hall.
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