12p.m. - 1p.m. weekdays
WITH JAMIE MACKAY
New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show.
As a former sheep farmer and a current equity partner in a Southland dairy farm, Jamie Mackay knows agribusiness.
He delivers your daily fix of everything going on in NZ's biggest industry, along with a generous side-serve of news, sports and politics.
Tapping into contacts throughout the industry, Jamie always gets to the heart of a story.
You can listen to Jamie Mackay on The Country here.
Barry Soper: Who's the best PM of the last 25 years?
As The Country celebrates its 25th birthday, the show is looking back on the last two decades of politicians. ZB Political Editor Barry Soper joined his first...
New poll suggests 'two-horse race' in 2020 election
Minor parties could be a thing of the past when it comes to next year's election. A new Reid Research poll was commissioned by Business NZ, intended to gauge public...
PM: We considered rural needs during gun reform process
Although changes to New Zealand's gun laws have caused criticism from some parts of the rural sector, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government "made a real...
Peters fires up, targets Hosking, Key and Anning
Winston Peters is not one known for holding back, and he certainly didn't wasn't afraid to let loose today while on The Country. The Deputy Prime Minister faced...
Simon Bridges slams Winston Peters: 'He wasn't awake'
National Party leader Simon Bridges says the Government should have acted more like Scott Morrison when it came to dealing with Turkey. The Government has come...
Outright ban of semi-automatic weapons would 'make culling animals impossible'
A Whanganui gun retailer fears a knee jerk reaction to the mosque shootings could leave only New Zealand police and "bad guys" with semi-automatic firearms. Prime...
Federated Farmers support toughening gun laws
Federated Farmers are happy to support new gun legislation despite how it may affect farm operations. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that the Government...
PM defends taking two months to make CGT decision
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended waiting two months before announcing a decision on the Capital Gains Tax. It has been nearly four weeks since the Tax...
Electric revolution unlikely to affect farmers for some time, VW boss says
An electric revolution is coming, but farmers may be immune for now. Car companies are ramping up their eco-friendly efforts, with many planning to produce more...
Winston Peters dismisses 'fake news' around Capital Gains Tax
Winston Peters says there is a lot of "fake news" circulating around the Capital Gains Tax proposal. The Tax Working Group released their report two weeks ago,...
Wool companies innovate to stay competitive in difficult market
John Brakenridge is the chief executive of the New Zealand Merino Company. He joined The Country with Jamie Mackay to talk about why his company has moved back...
Simon Bridges: 'Capital gains tax a kick in the guts for middle NZ'
Fired-up National leader Simon Bridges says when it comes to the proposed Capital Gains Tax "we've got to fight it as it's an assault on the Kiwi way of life". Speaking...
Winston takes aim at Judith, Jenny and lazy journalists
Winston Peters has made his views on a number of issues, ranging from Judith Collins to the oil and gas ban. Speaking to The Country, the Deputy Prime Minister...
Peters dismisses criticism of PM as 'small-minded and petty'
Winston Peters has rejected criticism that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been absent from her role. Ardern has faced criticism over not fronting up to interviews,...