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Peters doubles down on media bribery accusations, claimed to oppose funding early on
Winston Peters is doubling down on accusations of media bribery. The Deputy Prime Minister has twice this week implied this, referring to the previous Government's...
Former National leader 'had his doubts' before coalition negotiations concluded
Former National leader Simon Bridges is feeling more optimistic about the new Government after weeks of doubt. Bridges had his concerns as discussions and infighting...
Bremworth CEO issues warning as incoming Government announces plan for woollen fibres
The CEO of carpet maker Bremworth applauded the incoming Government for its directive to use woollen fibres in its 16,000-plus buildings- but warned of a catch. Greg...
Famed broadcaster joins the ranks of an unexpected new industry
Famed farmer and broadcaster Matt Chisholm opens up about his unexpected new role. Matt's joined the ranks of Southdown stud sheep breeding celebrity- a departure...
'We're hobbled here in NZ': NZ First's Shane Jones seeks to make change in new Cabinet role
It's been difficult waiting for the incoming wave of new politicians to open up about the incoming Government. New Zealand's own self-proclaimed Prince of the Provinces...
Outgoing Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor defends Labour's divisive freshwater reforms
Outgoing Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor returns from San Francisco to defend his party's controversial freshwater reforms. O'Connor represented New Zealand...
ACT's David Seymour fires back at Hipkins' statement on Gaza
David Seymour says it's a good thing Chris Hipkins won't be caretaker Prime Minister much longer, after his statement on Gaza. The Labour leader has called for an...
Alliance Group posts 'disappointing' financial loss amid global challenges
Alliance Group this week announced a “disappointing” after-tax loss in the last financial year. The co-operative lost over $70 million for the year ending 30 September...
Farmers set to gather for global master class
28 farmers from five continents and 12 countries are set to spend 10 days in New Zealand to address global food security. Rabobank's 2023 Global Farmers Master Class...
Infometrics Chief Economist warns of incoming challenges impacting the primary sector
Infometrics says there are increasing questions being raised in the provinces about the economic climate. Concerns have been expressed about how hard the primary...
Sheep and beef farmer: The practicality of reducing on-farm emissions
Sheep and beef farmers are under pressure to meet and reduce on-farm emissions. Award-winning environmentalist and Swanndri-wearing pin-up girl for Methane Science...
Outgoing Agricultural Minister reflects on his years in the job
Outgoing Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor joined Jamie MacKay to reflect on the past six years in the job. They discussed the highs, the lows, and him turning...
Dame Lynda Topp throws support behind Fish & Game NZ's hunting and angling campaign
Country star and Kiwi icon Dame Lynda Topp is throwing her support behind a campaign set to 'rewild' New Zealanders. Fish & Game New Zealand have launched an awareness...
Westpac rural economist: Can we expect a drop in tonight's GDT auction?
The current economic climate is looking bleak for farmers, and experts are concerned that trend isn't stopping anytime soon. Westpac's rural economist Nathan Penny...
Steven Joyce confident Luxon can form a stable Government as negotiations begin
National's former Mr Fixit and Minister for Everything is relieved to be away from the negotiation table this time round. Steven Joyce still has faith Chris Luxon...
Jarden expert: How is domestic and global supply shaping up?
With no GDT auction this week and after four positive auctions on the bounce- where is the market at currently? Mike McIntyre, Jarden's head of derivatives, explains...
National's Todd McClay on the future of the incoming coalition Government
National's Todd McClay is one step closer to being the next Minister for Agriculture. The National MP weighed in on his preferred Associate Ministers- and whether...
NZ0 turns to South African fans to fight southern frosts
While it rains in the north, excess frost in Otago threatens NZ0's fruit supply. Chief executive Mike Casey reveals he's turned to South African fans (not the rugby...
NZ Herald Editor at Large on his two-week EV road trip
NZ Herald Editor at Large Shayne Currie's Great Kiwi Road Trip is underway. He'll be travelling up the country in his Volkswagen EV to gauge the mood of the nation...
'Surfing for Farmers' initiative scoops up FMG Rural Champion Award
It seems bizarre to be talking about surfing and snow in the same day, but “Surfing for Farmers” kicks off in less than a fortnight around the country. The initiative...
Nadia's Farm Season 2- what can we expect?
New Zealand’s power celebrity farming couple are back on our screens, but when can we expect Season 2 of Nadia’s Farm? Nadia Lim and Carlos Bagrie talk broken promises...
How important are strong farming voices in Parliament?
They're the new kids on the block. Andrew Hoggard and Grant McCallum, two former farmer correspondents for The Country, now newly elected politicians for ACT and...
Hawke's Bay grower gives an update eight months on from Cyclone Gabrielle
Hawke's Bay's horticulture sector has "years of work ahead" to recover, as the region marks eight months since the devastation from Cyclone Gabrielle. But it's also...
David Seymour on his desired "baubles of office"
David Seymour still doesn't know what role he'll have in a National-led Government. The ACT Party Leader agrees there's a chance he could be Deputy Prime Minister...
The Country: Farmstrong's Live Well, Farm Well- Junior Taulago
Junior Taulago didn’t set out to be a farmer, in fact, his goal was to be a social worker and hip-hop dance instructor. Taulago lived in Samoa until he was eight...