Character of the Country


Quirky farm tours on the shores of Lake Pukaki

Tasman Downs Station is home to some of the beautiful Hobbit film scenery, and the quirky Ian Hayman.


Cattle showing goes ahead despite M bovis concerns

Cattle showing is a central part of agricultural shows, going ahead in Canterbury this week despite M bovis concerns.


The dairy farming couple who built their dream whiskey distillery

After learning from distillery masters around the world, Ash and Desiree Whitaker have got something great distilling in Cardrona Valley.


Kaikohe farmer offering sanctuary to Kiwi birds

Roger Hutchings has a Kiwi sanctuary on his dairy farm, is a Balance Farm Environment Award winner and a multi-sport athlete.


Fifth-generation sheep & beef farmer turned Kaipara Mayor

Along with running the district, Kaipara Mayor Dr Jason Smith also owns a 430ha sheep & beef farm.


Labour shortage in Mackenzie Basin due to mis-education – farmer

A Mackenzie Basin farmer says employee numbers have been in the decline for years, and such a labour shortage needs to be addressed.


A man with a mission: Getting 'new blood' behind the wheel

Gordon Handy told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange he's trying to rejuvenate the transport industry.


New Young Farmers chair a woman, first in 12 years

Ash-Leigh Campbell was elected chair of the eight-member board this month.


Two years on from the tragic Cluden Station homestead fire

Ben Purvis is this week's Character of the Country.


The 2018 Monteith Dog Derby winner

Wanaka shepherd and 2018 Monteith's Dog Derby winner Michael Wilson is this week's Character of the Country.


Tribute to the late Renata Apatu

Close friends of Ren, Philippa Wright and Mark Warren, join Hamish to reflect on the fantastic life of Ren Apatu.


How a woman in South Otago recruits young people into agriculture

Leanne Woodhead of the Otago Southland Young Farmers joins Rural Exchange to discuss how she’s getting young people into the industry.


John Chook Harrison Character of the Country

One livestock broker in Mid Canterbury describes his job to be ‘designed’ for him. John “Chook” Harrison, livestock agent at Peter Walsh & Associates.


The inspiration behind children’s book ‘Bob n Pops’

Bob n Pops tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a farm boy and his sausage dog. Author Harriet Bremner discusses the book's inspiration.


Students get hands dirty in ‘holistic’ approach to learning

From beekeeping to farming, Limehills students in Southland are getting hands on in a holistic approach to preparing for the real world.


Character of the Country: Tim Black

Tim Black's father has been involved in the Canterbury Show for over 70 years. Mr Black, the show's senior vice president, joins Sarah at the show.


City kids excited about food & agriculture

We ask Robyn how she is helping to give city kids the opportunity to discover what farming and rural lifestyle is about now?


Character of the Country - Tony Stuart

Tony Stuart has been a regular mention on the show as Loey’s shearer and breeder of the fine Korkekl chops delivered to Hamish.


Ross Dowling talks Rodeo

Affectionately known as 'Rossy D', our character of the country this week is a real Kiwi Cowboy!


Character of the Country - Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson has worked in the primary sector in the communication & marketing of many agricultural companies, has worked closely with Southland Stags.


Character of the Country, Cam Heggie

This Character of the Country is Cam Heggie from PGG Wrightson Genetics Specialist we talk about the up and coming yearling bull sales.


150-year-old farm goes on market

A 220-acre slice of Wellington's farming history has gone up for sale after 150 years in the same family.