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Mycoplasma bovis found on Mid Canterbury farm
Mycoplasma bovis has reared its head again. A positive case has been confirmed in Mid Canterbury. Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor told The Country's Jamie...
Winston Peters: NZ First still has rural voters' backs
Don't count New Zealand First out of this year's election, says Winston Peters. The party's leader came out fighting on The Country today when host Jamie Mackay...
The highs and lows of selling climate-friendly meat
There are benefits for farmers selling climate-friendly meat - if consumers are willing to pay for it, says Rabobank's Senior Animal Proteins Analyst, Angus Gidley-Baird. A...
James Shaw defends Greens' agriculture policy
The Green Party is promising to give farmers $297 million to help them transition to climate-friendly practices, but its "Farming for the Future" agriculture policy has...
David Seymour: Greens are 'smoked' with latest farming announcement
The Green Party is being warned that a fertiliser levy is not a solution to more sustainable farming. The Greens unveiled its agriculture policy in Canterbury at...
Winston Peters hits out at anti-smoking 'Nazis'
Winston Peters defended his smoking habit on The Country today, saying he was caught out by "Nazi police". The Deputy Prime Minister was photographed earlier this...
Shane Jones weighs in on NZ First's election hopes, Peters v Tame
Shane Jones remains buoyantly optimistic about New Zealand First's election chances next month, he told The Country's Jamie Mackay today. The Regional Economic...
David Parker addresses winter grazing concerns in heated interview
The Government's freshwater reforms have ruffled a few rural feathers, with some critics calling the changes "draconian" and "onerous." There are three areas of...
Jacinda Ardern defends allowing Aucklanders to leave the city during level 2.5
Jacinda Ardern is defending her Government's decision to open Auckland's border. Epidemiologist Michael Baker continues to raise concerns the move may be unsafe. Aucklanders...
Collins weighs in on Winston's 'ridiculous' tractor comments
Although Judith Collins spent her childhood driving tractors on the farm, she's under no illusion about her ability to master one of today's machines. "They're...
Winston Peters doubles down on tractor comments
Last time Winston Peters was on The Country he caused a bit of a stir by insinuating that anyone can drive a tractor. The Deputy Prime Minister was responding to...
PM's message to farmers worried about regulations
A recent survey shows government regulations are a major concern for farmers, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says this anxiety may actually come from "fear and...
David Seymour calls out "unforgivable" Government response to Covid-19
Speaking to the House today, Act leader David Seymour said it was the role of the Opposition to offer constructive criticism when needed. He said that was easy,...
Judith Collins calls for PM to stop making Covid announcements
Senior Labour MP Grant Robertson has rejected National's suggestion that Jacinda Ardern step back from announcements on Covid-19 alert levels so close to an election. National...
Winston Peters on letting skilled agricultural workers into NZ
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has dismissed concerns from the agricultural sector that the Government has double standards when it comes to allowing skilled...
James Shaw: Government would be more coherent with two party coalition
Green Party co-leader James Shaw won't say if he would be happy to see the back of Winston Peters, but reiterated he thinks the NZ First leader has been a disorganised...
Jacinda Ardern denies she plans to 'sleepwalk' to election victory
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denies that her party will have a "say nothing, do nothing" approach to the election. Earlier this week, she said that there would...
Face mask industry providing opportunities for NZ wool exports
The face mask industry could be "game-changing" for New Zealand's wool exports, says Nick Davenport. Davenport's company Lanaco uses specialist-breed New Zealand...
David Seymour confident a centre-right government can win election
National may be falling behind in the polls, but ACT leader David Seymour is confident that the country will see a centre-right government return to power in September. The...
Shane Jones: 'Now is the time for tactical voting'
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has urged farmers to remember who has constantly batted for them within the coalition Government over the last three years. Mr...
Jacinda Ardern on MP scandals, Winston Peters and Tiwai Point
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she vows to keep doing her bit to "make sure that we meet the expectations of the public" after a week of political upheaval and...
Why Winston Peters is not worried about Judith Collins
Some commentators have suggested that selecting Todd Muller as National Party leader was a rash decision, but Winston Peters has only compassion for him and his...
James Shaw: What Tiwai Point closure means for carbon emissions
The Greens are seeing the bright side in the closure of New Zealand's biggest energy user. Rio Tinto will wind up operations at its Tiwai Point aluminium smelter...
Ashburton farmer takes out new Guinness World Record for wheat
Eric Watson from Ashburton has taken out the Guinness World Record for the highest wheat yield - for the second consecutive time. Watson produced an incredible...
Hunters question Department of Conservation over tahr plans
The Department of Conservation is in the gun again over the way it is consulting hunters. Last week, the Tahr Foundation described as "a sham" DoC's consultation...