The Country

The Country

Jamie Mackay and Rowena Duncum deliver your daily fix of everything going on in NZ's biggest industry, along with a generous side-serve of news, sports and politics. The Country from Newstalk ZB, Hokonui and Gold Sport.

Episodes

April 19, 2024 40 mins

Jamie Mackay talks to Todd McClay, Doug Avery, Nadine Tunley, Shane Jones, and Jim Hopkins.

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Rowena Duncum talks to Richard McIntyre, Stu Loe, Stu Duncan, Chris Brandolino, Kevin "Smiley" Barrett, and Barry Soper.

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Federated Farmers immigration and labour spokesperson on new changes to work visa requirements and what they mean for farmers. 

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Our farmer panel from North Canterbury and the Maniototo update both farm and economic conditions. 

 

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NIWA weather guy with what’s in store for farmers, plus an early Anzac morning forecast. 

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This week we find the Taranaki dairy farmer in Fiji ahead of tonight’s Hurricanes match. He updates how the end of the dairy season is going, plus comments on news this week that son Jordie is off on a sabbatical to Ireland. 

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Newstalk ZB’s senior political correspondent on how Shane Jones and to a lesser extent, Winston Peters, have dominated headlines this week.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Toby Williams, Peter Newbold, Chris Russell, Nick White and Simon White.

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Filling the big gumboots of Federated Farmers President Wayne Langford, is the Gisborne-based National Meat and Wool Chair. Today we talk about the future of sheep farming, A&P Shows, and hosting the Parliamentary rugby and netball teams.

 

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The GM of PGG Wrightson Real Estate takes his monthly look at the state of the rural market. And, surprise, surprise, it's tough out there!

 

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Our Australian correspondent talks about the terrorist attacks in Sydney, attending a hemp growers' conference, Wagyu steak with 60% marbling, and Winx falling pregnant again!

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Courtesy of the Luxury Trail Company we head to Clyde to catch up with a Cyclone Gabrielle-affected farmer who won a Farmstrong promotion to ride the Dunstan Trail.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Shane Jones, Mike Cronin, Jim Hopkins, Scott Duggan, and Karen Williams.

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The Prince of the Provinces is sitting in for the King of the Country (Christopher Luxon) who's hustling for trade on the world stage. From dim-witted frogs to dopey dolphins! Who's in his sights next? And does he want progress at any cost? We ask the Minister of Digging it Up and Damming it Up.

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Fonterra's head of co-operative affairs reviews last night's GDT auction - up 0.1 per cent with WMP up 0.4 per cent.

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Our resident rural raconteur has his say on Shane Jones, mining, the media and climate change denial.

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Has Volkswagen NZ's national sales manager got a deal for you on the new Amarok? You bet!

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Former vice president of Federated Farmers, and a Wairarapa arable farmer, who's been up the road a bit helping communities recover from Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Damien O'Connor, Greg Millar, Nadine Tunley, and Todd Clark.

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Our US farming correspondent joins us from Bluegrass Country in Kentucky to talk about a good spring, the Kentucky Derby, getting the Bird Flu from dairy cattle, an ageing farming population and Donald Trump!

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