Post the 9/11 attacks, New Zealand’s initial contribution was NZSAS personnel being utilised as a “strike force”. This was followed by the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT).

Over a period of 10 years, the New Zealanders provided security, supported to the local authorities, and played a project management role on projects – such as providing communities with new amenities, employment and assisting with the distribution of humanitarian aid especially during the harsh winter months. The deployment to Afghanistan resulted in 10 New Zealand deaths, and other servicemen and women coping with post-traumatic stress.