The New Zealand government has not released a breakdown of how many people were evacuated and how many remain, so the claim cannot be verified.
On August 27, Jacinda said New Zealand would discontinue flying to Kabul due to increased terrorism risks. The statement was issued after an attack on the airport that killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members. The New Zealand Government's press release ''Final Kabul evacuation flight completed'' said 276 New Zealand nationals and permanent residents from Kabul and their families and other visa holders were evacuated to New Zealand.
A few reports claimed that Afghan interpreters left stranded when New Zealand halted its compassion flights are concerned and find the government's decision reprehensible.
The Guardian reports Ali, an Afghan interpreter, was approved for a resettlement visa in New Zealand after fearing retaliation from the Taliban for supporting forces, and he is still in Kabul. He is in touch with a group of 37 other translators, interpreters, and others who helped the New Zealand military in Afghanistan. None of them, he claims, have been evacuated.
The New Zealand Herald reports, Jacinda warned, "We did not get everyone out." But Ardern also said she couldn't confirm whether the interpreters and their families had been rescued.
''We cannot yet tell how many of those registered were among those evacuated. We know with certainty we did not get everyone out. We have more work to do." Ardern stated they could not describe how many people were evacuated and how many remained but would do so shortly.
Therefore, given the lack of credible information from the New Zealand government, it is unconfirmed whether nearly 40 interpreters who worked with the NZDF are still in Afghanistan or not.