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My Daily Digest: October 19, 2020

Red tsunami hits rural NZ The Labour Party now has a powerful mandate for the next three years after sweeping back to power on Saturday night. The result was perhaps not a surprise, but the margin of it was. Rural seats that have long been National strongholds turned red.

There’s talk that many in rural communities voted for Labour to increase its chances of governing alone without the help of the Greens.

There’s also talk that many younger people in the regions are simply not afraid of regulations for the likes of freshwater and greenhouse gases. Indeed, they may see it as simply the future of farming.

Whatever the reason – and remember covid-19 played its part – those working in the primary industries need to make some decisions.

New Zealand has overwhelmingly supported a party that is committed to creating more sustainable farms through regulation. An argument against this journey simply can’t be won, too many everyday Kiwis are on board. It’s time for our industry’s leadership to show how we can thrive inside these new boundaries, rather than continue to try and break them down.


Bryan Gibson


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Tonight on Sarah’s Country:


7.10pm – Tony Dobbs, South Canterbury farmer and blade shearer, shares his journey of becoming the first person in the world to win 100 open blade shearing finals.


7.20pm – Staff cuts at Lincoln University and Massey University’s College of Sciences may impact the future of teaching. New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science president Jonathan Hickford shares his concerns. 


7.30 pm –  More gender equality is needed in the meat sector. Meat Industry Association of New Zealand chief executive Sirma Karapeeva joins the show. 


7.40 pm – Focus on farm environment plans needed in freshwater regulations. Waikato farm advisor Rob Macnab, who has been facilitating FEP workshops, joins us this evening. 


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