Sam Sachdeva

Mark Mitchell has completed his first trip to Iraq as Defence Minister, saying Kiwi trainers are having a significant impact on the morale and quality of Iraqi troops. However, Mitchell warns the battle to defeat Islamic State won’t be easy, and is coming at a significant human cost, as Sam Sachdeva reports.

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Todd Barclay offered to play him the recordings he had made of a staff member - but still says he “simply doesn’t know” whether they actually existed.

The Green Party has revealed a plan to increase New Zealand’s refugee quota from 1000 to 5000 within six years, arguing the sharp increase would merely see us catch up with other countries.

The Green Party has revealed a plan to increase New Zealand’s refugee quota from 1000 to 5000 within six years, arguing the sharp increase would merely see us catch up with other countries.

Military service runs in the blood of new Defence Minister Mark Mitchell, who has picked up the portfolio at a time of growing global instability. Sam Sachdeva spoke to him about New Zealand’s role in fighting terrorism and his exposure to the worst of humanity during the Iraq War.