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The Hobbit heads to Afghanistan for Christmas

Published: 1:31PM Thursday December 20, 2012 Source: ONE News

The recently released The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey is being delivered to Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan for the New Zealand Defence Force to view on Christmas Day.

The NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) will be the first in the country to see the film, which is produced by Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

NZPRT Senior Military Advisor, Lieutenant Colonel Sholto Stephens said the film will remind personnel of home over the Christmas period.

"It is often difficult serving on operations overseas and being away from family at Christmas, but being able to watch The Hobbit will make the Christmas season more enjoyable and memorable for our team."

He thanked Sir Peter for allowing the NZPRT to premiere the screening of The Hobbit in Afghanistan.

"Being able to be the first in Afghanistan to watch it, almost as early as people back in New Zealand, is a real morale boost for us. It reminds us that we have significant support from back home, from Kiwis everywhere and from all walks of life.

"It is a great way to wrap up 2012 for the NZPRT which continues to assist local Afghan National security forces, who have the lead for security in Bamiyan, as we prepare for New Zealand's withdrawal in April 2013."

While Christmas Day will largely be a working day for personnel in Afghanistan, some Christmas celebrations will take place during what will be a white Christmas.

Currently 192 NZ Defence Force personnel are serving in Afghanistan.