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

February 23, 2024 40 mins

Jamie Mackay talks to Christopher Luxon, Hunter McGregor, Vanessa Winning, Ben Picton, and Shane Jones.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Mike Petersen, Dr Jacquleine Rowarth, Chris Brandolino, Sam Casey, Damian McKenzie, and Barry Soper.

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This man wears, and has worn, many hats in agriculture. He is the current chair of apple exporter Scales, a former chair of Beef + Lamb NZ and a former NZ Special Agricultural Trade Envoy. Today we talk the state of horticulture, sheep and beef, forestry, irrigation (Tukituki) and Hawke's Bay one year on from Gabrielle. 

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Today we find a leading farm academic in Christchurch after she attended the East Coast Farming Expo in Wairoa. We get her recollections of 13 years and one day ago and discuss why we should be getting excited by Null Segregants.

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We ask our NIWA Weather Guy about the Big Dry.

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In the absence of Joe Wheeler, who's in Japan, we pull a skeleton (quite literally) from the closet to talk footy alongside the man wanting to be the All Blacks' No.10.

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We wrap a sad week in politics, in more ways than one, as we ponder Efeso Collins and Ginny Anderson.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Shane Jones, Ben Picton, Nathan Guy, and Chris Russell.

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The Prince of the Provinces, Matua Shane Jones, a great chief fond of speaking about himself in the third person, has no time for Ginny Anderson’s comments, “nephs” on the couch, bank economists and a “dim-witted frog” getting in the way of infrastructure projects and mining.

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We find Rabobank’s Sydney-based senior market strategist in Tokoroa, where’s he on a speaking tour commenting about the outlook for the New Zealand economy and where our interest rates are going.

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The former Minister of Agriculture talks red meat and honey wearing his chair’s hat for the Meat Industry Association and Apiculture NZ.

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Our Australian correspondent talks about Tay Tay, mutton and wine.

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The Country's Rowena Duncum brings you a brand-new Farmstrong-powered series. "Getting Through" looks at what it takes to recover from extreme weather events, by people who've been through it first-hand. In episode 1, Ro is joined by Northland Kūmara grower Krista Franklin who, along with husband James, lost 84% of their crop to Cyclone Gabrielle and says the event rocked the family "to our core."

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Jamie Mackay talks to Christopher Luxon, Emma Parsons, Craig Wiggins, and Duncan Humm.

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The PM ponders Grant Robertson's legacy, our "fragile" economy, inflation, interest rates and getting beneficiaries back to work.

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Fonterra's MD of Strategy and Optimisation casts her eye over last night's GDT auction (up 0.5%, WMP down 1.8%). It continued a great run for the dairy sales platform, which has only suffered one fall since the 7.4% August 15 tumble.

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Rural mental health advocate and founder of "Lean on a Gate, Talk to a Mate". Today we find him at day one the East Coast Farming Expo in Wairoa.

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Mid Canterbury deer farmer and the co-founder of the NZ Farming Facebook page. We yarn about the big dry in Canterbury, deer killing space and returns, and what's trending in social media. 

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Jamie Mackay talks to Cameron Bagrie, Leila McDougall, Janine Mallon, Jenny Newman, Hunter McGregor, and Blair McClean.

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Independent economist comments on the legacy (or otherwise) of Grant Robertson, who's leaving politics to be the VC of Otago University. We also look at exchange and interest rates, the housing market, and the state of the world economy.

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