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As a former sheep farmer and a current equity partner in a Southland dairy farm, Jamie Mackay knows agribusiness.
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Bridges reacts to Hosking's praise: 'I nearly choked on my cornflakes'
National leader Simon Bridges says he was shocked to receive a glowing endorsement from Mike Hosking yesterday. The Newstalk ZB host wrote that Bridges is starting...
Simon Bridges: National will have an 'upset victory' in 2020
Simon Bridges may have had a good week in his own words, but the National Party leader is still defending his position as leader. The latest political poll shows...
Senior National MP Nathan Guy to step down
Former Minister of Primary Industries and National MP for Otaki Nathan Guy has announced he will not be seeking re-election next year. He is the third National...
Judith takes aim at ministers: Winston is all 'piss and wind'
National MP Judith Collins has dismissed Winston Peters as all "piss and wind" and says she has her sights locked on Megan Woods. Speaking with The Country's Jamie...
Simon Bridges touts benefit of social media during election campaigns
Simon Bridges says that social media could play a key role in next year's election. The National leader met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the weekend....
Simon Bridges picks Scott Morrison's brain on election 2020 victory tips
National Leader Simon Bridges is hoping to replicate the underdog success of the Australian Liberal Party and has met with Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison to...
Winston Peters: Farmers should be calm about Clean Car Discount
The Acting Prime Minister denies that the Government will be penalising farmers with their e-vehicle plan. The Government wants to crack down on people driving...
Jacinda Ardern: Business confidence surveys are a 'snapshot of opinion'
The Prime Minister says that the business confidence surveys are a "snapshot of opinion". Yesterday, a new survey showed New Zealand business confidence has fallen...
Peters dismisses 'flighty' obsession with Christopher Luxon
Winston Peters says that the sudden obsession with Christopher Luxon is a clear sign about the state of National. Yesterday, the National Party announced a caucus...
Simon Bridges: Let's wait and see over Christopher Luxon
National leader Simon Bridges is brushing off suggestions that Christopher Luxon is coming for his job. The Air New Zealand CEO announced last night he is stepping...
Jacinda Ardern says Cabinet reshuffle coming next week
The Prime Minister has given a time for her Cabinet reshuffle. Jacinda Ardern joined Jamie Mackay for her fortnightly catch-up with The Country host. Asked if...
Jacinda Ardern: Government has not put the brakes on farming
The Prime Minister is brushing off suggestions her Government has put the brakes on farming. Fieldays is underway in Hamilton, and Jacinda Ardern is spending three...
Damian McKenzie keeping positive despite missing out on World Cup
All Blacks and Chiefs star Damian McKenzie is looking on the bright side over his rugby future. McKenzie's hopes of Rugby World Cup glory were dashed earlier this...
Bridges denies Budget leaks were attempt to bury National's bad news
National leader Simon Bridges says he was not cunning enough to have arranged the Budget hack drama as a smokescreen to bury National's bad news. Last week, National...
PM defends lower speed limits, Twyford
The Prime Minister says lowering speed limits is only part of the mix to reduce the road toll. It comes after the Transport Agency estimates speed limits on 87...
Canterbury local first woman to win NZ dog trial championship
Sheer grit helped former Otago woman Steph Tweed make history as the first woman to win a New Zealand dog trial championship. Tweed, 27, won both the North Island...