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The urgent need for New Zealand aid to Afghanistan

By Keith Locke The following article was published in the Daily Blog on 4 September 2021 Our government has understandably been preoccupied with helping refugees leave...

New Zealand should never have joined the war in Afghanistan

This article was first published in the Spinoff on 18 August 2021. I argued 20 years ago that sending troops would only help the Taliban....

Mapp’s reassurances on torture fall short

It’s not good enough for Defence Minister Wayne Mapp to say he has “no information” that any of the 58 people arrested on the SAS’s Read More

What Taliban hotel attack says about NZ military involvement

It will be a difficult time for the families of NZSAS soldiers injured in Afghanistan and my sympathy goes out to them as they wait Read More

Cyberwarfare a dangerous path

I see that “cybersecurity” one of the agenda items in this week’s tete-a-tete between Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp and their UK Read More

Bring the SAS home

When John Key was in Afghanistan he flew a kite about extending the SAS mission there beyond the middle of next year. He’d be wise Read More

At long last, a bit more openness about the SAS

I’ve welcomed the government’s move to let us know something about what the SAS is doing in Afghanistan. For eight years we’ve had to rely Read More

Bearded Apiata on NZ Army website

There are two (related) debates raging following the decision of the Herald and other newpapers to publish the photo of VC winner Willie Apiata on Read More

Bring SAS troops home from Afghanistan!

It’s good that New Zealand won’t be sending any more troops to Afghanistan. However, that’s not because John Key has just seen the light. With Read More