He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan explores New Zealand’s involvement in Afghanistan – the longest ever war in which this country has played a part. This full-length version of the film gives an overview of our engagement, and backgrounds some of Afghanistan’s turbulent history before and after the events of 9⁄11. The documentary asks three simple questions: Why did NZ go into Afghanistan? What did we do there? Why did we hear so little about it?
The documentary takes viewers on the ground in Afghanistan with independent New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson as he seeks eyewitness accounts of incidents involving New Zealand troops, and interviews soldiers who have served on the front line in Afghanistan. The documentary includes a range of further voices and perspectives, including those of Commander Joint Forces Major General Dave Gawn; Māori soldier Alpha Kennedy; media studies lecturer Donald Matheson and academic; journalists Mike McRoberts, Dr Ali Safi, Nicky Hager; and members of the Afghan community.