Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO
Governor-General of New Zealand
5 August 2012
Statement on the death of two soldiers, and six injured, in Afghanistan
It was with great sadness that I learned of the tragic death of our two soldiers in the Bamiyan Province.
Serving in New Zealand’s Defence Force and being deployed in war-torn countries, such as Afghanistan, carries
significant risk. The soldiers, whose names are yet to be released, bring to seven the number of New Zealand Defence
Force soldiers to be killed while on operations in Afghanistan.
Serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team, those two soldiers, who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and the six
injured, have been part of a team that has worked tirelessly and consistently to bring peace and stability to the
Their presence in Afghanistan exemplified their dedication to New Zealand and the New Zealand Defence Force’s mission in
On behalf of all New Zealanders, Janine and I extend our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and mates-in-arms
of the two deceased soldiers, as they come to terms with this tragic loss. Our thoughts are also with the families and
friends of those who have been injured.
Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae
Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief