This Sunday on Q+A, five deaths in Afghanistan this month and we're asking questions. What are we achieving there? Should we stay or should we leave early? What happens after we leave?
Former Afghan cabinet minister Dr Najibullah Lafraie gives insight into the risks ahead for our troops and what the Taliban really want. Then Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is live with Shane Taurima.
Plus, child poverty is back on the agenda. The Ministry of Social Development this week said any progress being made has stalled - the poor are getting poorer again and our kids are suffering. One in five now live in poverty.
So what's to be done? This week Every Child Counts released its Netherlands Study and next week the Children's Commissioner hears from his Experts Advisory Group. So what are their key solutions? And will the government listen? We talk live to Every Child Counts manager Deborah Morris-Travers and Associate Social Development and Associate Housing Minister, Tariana Turia. We'll also see what she makes of the Waitangi Tribunal's report on water rights.
And finally, with the vote on the alcohol purchase age just days away, why does National MP Nikki Kaye want to "keep it 18"?
On our expert panel this week, insight from Dr Bryce Edwards of Otago University; former solider, public servant and author Sir Wira Gardiner; and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett.