Following months of speculation, on 24th February 2015 the Prime Minister John Key officially announced the New Zealand government would send soldiers to Iraq.
The public was told that New Zealand will deploy a training force of 143 troops to Iraq, as its contribution to the US-led coalition against Islamic State.
Despite strong opposition to the decision, the Prime Minister said sending troops to Iraq is the right decision, and that it was "time to stand up and be counted".
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop also put the case for deployment to Iraq, however questions remain over New Zealand's response.
Here is a selection of Radio New Zealand discussions, opinions and analysis about New Zealand, Iraq, and Islamic State.
A public forum at Parliament's Grand Hall organised by Diplosphere on the rise of the self-styled Islamic State and whether New Zealand's decision this week to send troops to Iraq can help to address… Audio
Wallace Chapman hosts a discussion about the rights and wrongs of deploying troops to Iraq with guests: investigative journalist and war correspondent Jon Stephenson, Professor Richard Jackson, deputy… Audio
Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Director of the Institute for Transregional Studies at Princeton University, and a leading expert on the theology of Islamic State. Audio
27 Feb 2015
This week the Government has officially told New Zealanders it will deploy a training force of 143 troops to Iraq, as its contribution to the US-led coalition against Islamic State. Audio
26 Feb 2015
As the militant group Islamic State has carved a swathe through Iraq, Syria and Libya, it has become known for high-profile murder videos - posted online - of journalists, aid workers, a pilot, and… Audio
An Iraqi New Zealander Hussam Razzaq says the Government's made a bad call sending troops to his homeland. Audio
NZ Army soldiers carry out patrol exercises at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California as part of exercise Dawn Blitz in 2013. Copyright:NZ DEFENCE FORCE / US Marine Corps.