Today on The Country we bid farewell to Bill English who has stepped down as leader of the National Party.

On with the show:

Damien O'Connor:

The Minister for Agriculture comments on National leader Bill English standing down, MPI's response to M. bovis and we update the drought situation around the country.

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Cameron Bagrie:

We welcome back the former ANZ chief economist who has set up business as Bagrie Economics and look at where interest and exchange rates are heading in 2018.

Mike Jebson:

The chief executive of the QEII National Trust is in the Supreme Court today defending the intentions of the original landowner to protect 400 ha of Coromandel forest land forever against someone who wishes to overturn covenant protection to develop a property for commercial purposes.

Craig Wiggins:

We announce the finalists in the Norwood Rural Sports Awards being held in Palmerston North on March 9.

Listen below: