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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.
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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...
Bridges defend slushy machine rage
The National Party leader is sticking by his stance on the slushy machine debacle, saying that they were intended for prisoners before he spoke out. Last month,...
PM defends Mallard: 'You'd get more complaints from the Government'
The Prime Minister has defended Speaker Trevor Mallard in his latest spat with the National Party. Simon Bridges has yesterday thrown out of Parliament's debating...
James Shaw defends stance on genetic engineering
Green Party co-leader James Shaw says that genetic engineering is not a "purely scientific" argument. Federated Farmers spokesman Andrew Hoggard came out this week...
Winston Peters: Simon Bridges isn't a 'leader's backside'
Winston Peters has described Simon Bridges as not a bad bloke, but not a "leader's backside". The NZ First leader has weighed in on the continued discussion around...
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...