The Country

The Country

Jamie Mackay, Rowena Duncum and Tessa Prentice 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 and Hokonui.

Episodes

September 22, 2021 4 min
Westpac's rural economist reviews last night's positive GDT auction, previews some great red meat prices in prospect, plus comments on interest and exchange rates.
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Today the rural raconteur says James Shaw needs to go to Glasgow and go in to bat for New Zealand farmers!
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The Act Party leader and country's most popular centre-right politician has a crack at the government's Covid response and James Shaw's controversial trip to Glasgow for the Climate Change talkfest.
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Is a Canterbury farmer and a champion for rural mental health provider Farmstrong. Today he talks about how the relationship began through sport and how his farming operation handled the crippling financial and mental blow of M.bovis.
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September 22, 2021 37 min
Interviews are with David Seymour, Geoff Spark, Nathan Penny and Jim Hopkins.
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Is a Kiwi selling New Zealand venison in Shanghai. Today we find him about to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival by eating and gifting mooncakes. He also nominates a Michael Bolton classic as his pick for Farm Tracks.
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September 21, 2021 6 min
Is a North Otago farmer and award-winning environmentalist who reckons she's "not gonna take it" when it comes to the government's mandated farm plans.
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Has the Minister of Agriculture been hoisted by his own petard, as he admits he only took two support staff to the UK on his FTA mission, as opposed to James Shaw's rugby team!
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Rabobank's chief executive launches our Farm Tracks promotion with a classic from the Rolling Stones. Plus, we look at the bank's new graduate programme encouraging our best and brightest into the primary sector.
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September 21, 2021 38 min
Interviews are with Damien O'Connor, Hunter McGregor, Jane Smith and Todd Charteris.
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September 20, 2021 37 min
Interviews are with Phil Duncan, Peter Nation, Andy Law, Mark Barrowcliffe, Steve Wyn-Harris, Grant McCallum.
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September 20, 2021 6 min
This Taihape farmer has a fight on his hands after Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little said farmland taken by government officials will not be returned to Taihape Area School.
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Interviews are with Jacinda Ardern, Bruce Cameron, Emma Higgins, Don Carson and Sam Whitelock.
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The co-founder of farmer protest group Groundswell joins us to discuss the finer details of "The Mother of all Protests" scheduled for Sunday, November 21.
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September 17, 2021 38 min
Interviews are with Bryce McKenzie, Simon Limmer, Jeremy Rookes, Stu Loe, Chris Brandolino and Barry Soper.
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The 2021 Rural Communicator of the Year talks about the "Annus Horribilus" that 2021 has been for Mid Canterbury. Plus, he talks about his new rural health initiative - Lean on a Gate, Talk to a Mate.
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We hear a heart-breaking story from a Hawarden farmer whose shelter belts, fences and water system have been literally blown away.
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The GM of PGG Wrightson Real Estate takes a look at a rural market that's running hot!
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September 16, 2021 37 min
Interviews are with Mark Zino, Peter Newbold, Barbara Kuriger, Brian Hanna and Chris Russell.
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Country Sport Breakfast: Fonterra chief operating officer Fraser Whineray talks to BK about a sustainability score card released this week, which shows some impressive results.
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