When Nawidullah Atayee risked his life to help Kiwi troops during the Afghanistan War he did not foresee he would end up a world away from his family.

Afghanistan-born Atayee moved to New Zealand in 2013, granted residence under Ministerial directive, amid fears for his safety after acting as an interpreter for the New Zealand Defence Force.

Six years on, the Hamilton man is desperate to be reunited with his family after applying to bring his parents and siblings - a group of 10 - from Afghanistan to New Zealand.

However, this week he removed one of his brothers from

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