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New Zealand's military presence in Afghanistan will continue beyond the withdrawal of the Defence Force's Provincial Reconstruction Team.

The PRT is due to be taken out of Bamyan province in April.

But Prime Minister John Key says a 27 strong military contingent will remain in Afghanistan until April 2014.

"This is because we do not want to see the gains that have been made over the last decade in security, development, health and human rights lost."

John Key says they haven't broken a promise there'd be a withdrawal of our forces from the country.

"The point here is that we've had to assess what we now want to make as our next contribution. It's a very different one and I think people working in head office, providing logistics and planning is quite a different setup to what we've previously had."

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