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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...
Judith Collins on her autobiography and growing up with Labour-voting parents
Judith Collins' bestselling autobiography is called Pull No Punches and one of the country's most polarising politicians certainly does that. She joined The Country...
Winston Peters denies NZ First delayed roll out of cameras on fishing boats
New Zealand First's leader says his party didn't stall the roll out of cameras on fishing vessels. A recording of Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash speaking in 2018...
Peter McBride named chairman-elect of Fonterra
Fonterra directors have selected Zespri chairman Peter McBride as the dairy co-op's chairman-elect. Under Fonterra's constitution, its chairman is selected by the...
Jacinda Ardern defends forestry conversion, Provincial Growth Fund
The Prime Minister says that the Government's plan for forestry is to put the right tree in the right place. Farmers want a cap on new forestry planting to prevent...
'She needs to stop being kind to him': Muller urges PM to fire David Clark
National Party Leader Todd Muller had some blunt words for Health Minister David Clark and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on The Country today. "This is completely...
Peters takes on 'woke brigade' - but party stuffs up on social media
Winston Peters and the NZ First party have made another blunder after their second "woke brigade" tweet had to be deleted because of a racial slur. On Tuesday,...
James Shaw: Labour-Green coalition isn't bad news for farmers
A vote for the Green Party does not necessarily mean a vote against farming, co-leader James Shaw says. Shaw disagreed with The Country host Jamie Mackay's suggestion...
'I'm pretty hard to offend': PM addresses 'stick to your knitting' comment
The Prime Minister denies that the extension of the wage subsidy scheme being extended to September is an electoral move. The first round of wage subsidies stop...
Judith Collins reveals her thoughts on NZ's politicians
National Party MP Judith Collins joined The Country with Jamie Mackay to share her thoughts on the current state of politics in New Zealand, while also giving her...
Todd Muller on freshwater reforms, ETS and Winston Peters
National Party leader Todd Muller joins The Country with Jamie McKay to talk about the Emissions Trading Scheme, Freshwater Reforms and going into coalition with...
Why Winston Peters doesn't want to talk about Todd Muller
Winston Peters did not want to talk about Opposition Leader Todd Muller on The Country today. The Deputy Prime Minister told Jamie Mackay he was tired of discussing...
Jane Smith blasts government over delayed move to level one
Calls for an immediate move to level 1 are growing. Jane Smith is a North Otago farmer and former winner of the BFEAs, an annual awards programme which recognise...
James Shaw: A coalition with National 'not up to leadership'
It is not up to Greens co-leaders James Shaw or Marama Davidson whether they decide to form a coalition with National Party at this year's election. Mr Shaw says...
Jacinda Ardern stands firm on level 1 move despite Winston Peters' call
The Prime Minister is standing firm on the wait for the move to alert level 1 and says she hopes the country can make the shift within four weeks. On Monday, Jacinda...
Todd Muller: Agriculture is 'part of who I am'
National's new leader Todd Muller may be eyeing the Minister of Small Business portfolio, but he's still an agricultural man at heart. "I haven't taken off the...
Winston Peters on potential National coalition if Bridges is rolled
Winston Peters has said he won't be playing third fiddle in a potential coalition with a Bridges-less National Party. Simon Bridges is forcing a leadership vote...
Todd Muller denies leadership ambitions despite endorsement by ex-PM
One of the men believed to be considering a run at the National leadership - and touted as the right leader by a former Prime Minister - says he isn't interested...
Shane Jones swipes back at billion trees critics
Concerns that carbon foresters are planting pine trees that will never be harvested are the result of "misinformation", says Regional Economic Development Minister...
PM on what farmers can expect from Budget 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admits that the Government's limit on funeral numbers is a "sticking point for lots of people". Under the rules of alert level 2 only...
Winston Peters responds to Simon Bridges' 'my sweetheart' comment
Yesterday on The Country Simon Bridges raised a few eyebrows by referring to the Deputy Prime Minister as "my sweetheart Winston". On today's show Jamie Mackay's...
Barry Soper: Could Simon Bridges face a leadership challenge soon?
Could there be a challenge to Simon Bridges' leadership in the next few weeks? A UMR poll has the National Party below 30 per cent while Labour is at 55 per cent. Jacinda...
How rural real estate is selling in lockdown
Peter Newbold is the GM of PGG Wrightson Real Estate. He joined The Country with Jamie Mackay to share his advice on selling a farm in lockdown, and gave an update...
Small rural businesses are struggling as export markets collapse
Small rural businesses are on their knees, despite a perception they are flourishing as an essential workforce. Former special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen...
Jacinda Ardern: No chance of leaving alert level 3 early
As New Zealand adjusts to life at alert level 3, some Kiwis are already waiting for level 2 to kick in. However, the Prime Minister has ruled out an alert level...