Kiwi homes for Afghan interpreters

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Last updated 17:50 25/10/2012

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Up to 25 Afghan interpreters and their immediate families will be offered a chance to resettle in New Zealand after troops pull out of Afghanistan in March.

The package was signed off by Cabinet on Monday and could see up to 75 Afghan citizens settle here.

The interpreters have been pleading with the New Zealand Government for help, fearing their safety at the hands of insurgents once foreign troops pull out of the war-torn country.

Earlier this month the interpreters told the Sunday Star-Times they and their families would be captured, tortured and killed for helping foreigners when the Kiwis leave.

At the time Prime Minister John Key said the interpreters' concerns had been acknowledged and were being considered by the Government.

It is understood the interpreters will be informed of the package soon by officials with the New Zealand provincial reconstruction team in Bamiyan.

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