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Jacinda Ardern 'deeply grateful and humbled' by rural support
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is "deeply grateful and humbled" by the backing of farmers in this year's election. Ardern confessed to The Country's Jamie...
'A very dark journey' - Todd Muller opens up about his mental health
Todd Muller is no stranger to stressful situations, but his reaction to his brief stint as Leader of the Opposition caught him by surprise. Muller was National's...
Judith Collins says voters prevented National from having more diverse caucus
Opposition leader Judith Collins has a simple message for New Zealanders who want a more diverse National Party line up. "One of the smart things for people to...
Why this nutritionist says we should eat more red meat
Independent nutritionist Mikki Williden says Kiwis shouldn't be afraid of eating red meat. Recently the Heart Foundation suggested people should consume less than...
Act's Mark Cameron on moving from the farm to the Beehive
Moving from the farm to the Beehive has been a culture shock for Act agriculture spokesman Mark Cameron. Currently dairy farming in Ruawai, Cameron has lived and...
Chloe Swarbrick on farming, bringing urban agriculture to Auckland Central
Green MP Chloe Swarbrick may be a self-confessed "townie through and through," but she still has empathy for New Zealand's farming community. Swarbrick told The...
Jacinda Ardern assures immense work for farming leaders
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reassures that effort and time has been persistent with New Zealand’s farming leaders. She says if asked by the Farming leaders, they...
Winston Peters: ' We are far closer... than National or ACT will ever be'
Winston Peters maintains this election campaign isn't the end of his time in Parliament. He says New Zealand First has been painted as the underdog. But the Party...
Meet the farmers behind Ag Mental Health Week
Cork dairy farmer Peter Hynes was writing an article on Farm Safety Week when he noticed that Ireland and the UK lost more farmers to suicide than accidents. He...
'He's on a personal crusade': Jane Smith slams David Parker's freshwater reforms
North Otago farmer Jane Smith says she likes to "play the ball, not the man," but when it comes to Environment Minister David Parker and his freshwater reforms -...
Shane Jones on NZ First's drop in popularity with rural New Zealand
The Green Party should back off from criticising the rural sector says Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. Jones was unhappy with Conservation Minister...
Ardern: Comments on Collins and SFO was a statement of fact
The Prime Minister's standing by her remark about National's leader and the Serious Fraud Office. Judith Collins wants Jacinda Ardern to "correct the record" after...
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...