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My Daily Digest: March 16, 2021

Hats off to the Rural Games winners The New Zealand Rural Games and sports awards were held in Palmerston North at the weekend and brought together some of the greats of the sporting world.

It’s always a great spectacle with the chance to see world champions ply their trades.

While some of the events seem a bit niche – think cow pat throwing – the games have a participatory element that’s vital to the vibrancy of rural communities.

The awards back this up. This year’s supreme winner was a Palmerston North high school pupil who excels at target shooting.

Staging them in a city centre is also a great move. Almost everyone in society could do with moving more and with the games show, there are a million ways to do it.

Who knows, maybe the world’s next world record gumboot thrower has been inspired.


Bryan Gibson


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Tonight on Sarah’s Country: Opinion Maker: The future of food


“The future of food isn’t waiting for decades or even years ahead of us, the future is already here”- Jack Keeys 


How can New Zealand continue to remain a global leader in food production, as well as making the consumer feel connected to where our food comes from? On the Opinion Maker show, food industry leaders put into perspective where NZ is positioned in the future of food. 

Featured guests include KMPG Insights analyst Jack Keeys and NZX head of analytics Julia Jones. 

Joining the panel is Leaft Food general manager Ross Milne and Food HQ business development manager Amos Palfreyman.

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