But from the start of the war there was something else which concerned him - the extraordinary secrecy. He pauses, and answers the question before posing another. This experience is a simulated representation of events, based on official records, and interviews. The Beehive offices of ministers swarm with staff and high-powered advisors. Lance Corporal Matthew Ball, Private Allister Baker are also badly injured, as was their Afghan interpreter Ajmal Ahmadi. We enjoy staying in touch with our cousins through the news as reported by Stuff. Defence Minister Wayne Mapp pushes back against this notion.
Did the New Zealanders accidently shoot at their allies? That soldier, from the high ground, had his account dismissed by the investigators and Army bosses. But those concerns were dismissed, and the deployment went ahead as planned. All this over a supposedly-functioning capital city where six million people are just trying to go about their daily lives. Many were slaughtered, while thousands of people escaped death by fleeing into the mountains. The story of the Victoria Cross had swelled support for the war effort and Defence officials continued to provide advice for an ongoing involvement. In the middle of the room, two men wearing traditional dress of richly-textured fabrics and headwear are sitting cross-legged on dusty cushions sipping cups of green tea - the ubiquitous beverage in this mostly alcohol-free country.
Her older brother supported the 10 children in Kabul. The other, Villager B, sells fuel. My gut instinct was that it was nearer to the criminal warlord-type activity. In the mornings, Karzai enjoys walking through them, clearing his head, chatting to companions, watching his young daughters play on their scooters, even managing to forget for a moment the threats the nearby presidential guards grasping automatic weapons are protecting him from. It owes its soldiers who were there an honest explanation. This is the war New Zealand left behind.
We know why these big, big powers of interests in Afghanistan, in the region and in the world were here. The sacrifice was really yours. He co-founded a project management and consultancy company and returned to Afghanistan for the first of many extended trips there overseeing development projects. But what does it actually mean? Apiata and some of his comrades in arms are in two vehicles, laid up in a defensive position for the night. An airport staff member immediately recognises him and comes over to say salam.
As he hangs up, his phone rings. They should not flinch from that. The contractor, an Afghan company, failed to ensure the base of the road was sound, says a former councillor for the area, Razia Iqbalzada. This meant the patrols had to wait for more than two hours in a known ambush zone. He felt that level of seniority and responsibility keenly. She agreed to give a first interview since 2012 because some of the broad questions remain unanswered about why New Zealand went to war, what was done in our name, and what was achieved by our presence there.
All of which is why the battle of Baghak serves as a case study for the war in Afghanistan. Rory Malone on deployment in Bamyan province, Afghanistan. Crucially, there are discrepancies around how the battle started and who the New Zealanders started firing at when they opened fire. Not so much the battle itself - more what happened before and after. The son of peace activist Elsie Locke and older brother of social justice campaigner Maire Leadbeater, Keith Locke is no hawk. But their accounts accounts match with those given to us by sources previously. Kiwis are good at that, we thought to ourselves.
Materials were either diverted to other uses or the project was never carried out at all. The same concern - but on a larger, and on-going scale - centres around a vital road. And they're a very proud people, as we know, and that's always been a challenge and it was evident to me that would remain a challenge. Alpha Kennedy, the soldier turned development project leader, wonders about that too. Sure, the projects themselves were not huge sums of money - but it was money down the non-existing or broken drain. There is no peace in Afghanistan.
Hospitals and schools sound like worthy recipients of aid money - were they the big winners? The site of the giant Buddha statues carved into the sandstone cliffs seem within reaching distance. A young man pours green tea into delicate cups and drops sweets on each of the saucers. Again, these are his own words. You see tremendous bravery, tremendous resilience, courage, comradeship. So we are poor and have to look to donor countries to participate, to build some dormitories for girls to make their lives better.