He Toki Huna investigates New Zealand’s involvement in Afghanistan (the longest overseas war in which NZ has played a role). The documentary follows writer Jon Stephenson as he interviews eyewitnesses in Afghanistan, and poses tough questions about the involvement of Kiwi troops in a conflict that co-director Kay Ellmers calls an “ill-defined war against an unclear” enemy. Ellmers and Annie Goldson made the Moa Award-winning film for Māori Television. An extended cut played at the 2013 NZ International Film Festival. Stephenson and Nicky Hager went on to write 2017 book Hit & Run.
Concerned about the reality gap between what our soldiers do and what their military and political masters say they do? He Toki Huna is invaluable.– Frances Morton, reviewing the documentary in Metro magazine, August 2013