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My Daily Digest: March 23, 2021

Venture beyond the farm gate A few thousand New Zealanders know a little more about food production thanks to another very successful Open Farms day at the weekend.

The event sees farmers of all types throw open the gates to the public so they can see first-hand what goes into the production of the milk, meat, grains, fruit and vegetables that those in the primary industries grow.

The initiative is a fantastic one. Our online world has stripped the empathy from a lot of the big conversations we’re having as a society. We say things online we probably wouldn’t say to someone face-to-face.

But meeting a farmer in the flesh, on their own patch, gives context to what they do. They’re not a headline, but a person.

And from there, hopefully a more constructive conversation can grow.


Bryan Gibson


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Tonight on Sarah’s Country


Opinion Maker Tuesday: The Crown Pastoral Land Reform debate


One government policy amendment making headlines is the future of the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill, which has submissions before Parliament at the moment.

Joining Sarah to discuss the issues and implications around the Bill are featured guests Environment Canterbury councillor Ian Mackenzie and ACT Party rural spokesperson Mark Cameron. And, on the panel we have Kate Cocks of Mt Nicholas Station and Glenmore Station’s Emily Murray.

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