And they're off. But as usual, we have to hear about what our soldiers are doing from the Australians:
The first Kiwi troops going to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) militants will reportedly deploy on Wednesday.
New Zealand is sending 143 troops to train the Iraqi military as part of an international coalition to defeat Isis.
The Australian Federal Cabinet on Tuesday signed off on that country deploying about 330 additional troops to Iraq.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Canberra the deployment would start on Wednesday, and the force was expected to be operational by the middle of May.
It would be nice if we could learn about the deployment of kiwi troops from our own government, not a foreign country. But that might lead to accountability, which is the last thing that this government wants when kiwi lives are on the line. Make no mistake: this is an unnecessary deployment in someone else's religious civil war, and we should have no part of it. And if any of those soldiers come back in a body bag, it will be John Key's fault, and we should hold him accountable for it.