Today The Country catches up with MPI after the announcement that the number of properties infected with Mycoplasma bovis has risen from 28 to 30.

On with the show:

Phil Duncan:

Monday's resident weather expert looks back on a wild week and forward to a cold one!


Jason Sharp:

With today's announcement that Spark and TVNZ have the broadcast rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, we ask the GM of rural broadband supplier Farmside how rural New Zealand is going to fare with live streaming and limited fast broadband access.

Geoff Gwyn:

MPI's Director of Response for M. bovis confirms two more infected properties in Mid Canterbury which brings the tally of IPs to 30. We ask him if MPI still has the situation under control and if he's concerned that some farmers are still unhappy with the compensation issue.

George Burke:

The people have spoken and it's time to decide the future of The Country's Coffee Boy, Sam "Lashes" Casey. Can he pull a rabbit from the hat or a snapper from the Hauraki Gulf to save his job?

Don Nicolson and David Broome:

Today's panel features the former president of Federated Farmers and the former chief of staff for Winston Peters.

Listen below: