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Shameful exposé of Afghan war but not enough media grunt

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Volume 19, Issue 1

May, 2013

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Hollings, J. (2013). Shameful exposé of Afghan war but not enough media grunt. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(1): 303-305. Review of He Toki Huna (The Hidden Adze): New Zealand in Afghanistan. Documentary directed by Kay Ellmers and Annie Goldson, 2013. 60min.
Author(s): James Hollings
Reviewed documentary by Kay Ellmers and Annie Goldson
Publication date: 
May, 2013

New Zealand's war in Afghanistan is our longest-ever foreign engagement. Our troops have been there for 10 years—more than World Wars One and Two combined. It has cost the country around $300 million, and one soldier has died for every year the New Zealand military has been there. And for what?  That is one of the questions this documentary, perhaps the first serious attempt on film to question New Zealand involvement in the International Security Assistance Force, tries to answer.