Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay celebrates our new listeners by interviewing some prominent Aucklanders.

On with the show:

Sir John Key:

The former PM is our 'Aucklander of the Day' as we ponder the risks to farming in 2019 from increased bank funding costs, trade wars, Brexit and Donald Trump.

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Dick Tayler:

We talk to our Roving South Island Farming Ambassador, and one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, about mental health and his own battle with depression.

Fran O'Sullivan:

We catch up with NZME's Head of Business on the state of the economy and look at what promises to be a watershed year for Fonterra.

Steve Wyn-Harris and Grant McCallum:

Today's panel features a Central Hawkes Bay sheep farmer and a Northland cow cocky - one a card-carrying member of the Nats, the other The Country's resident liberal.

Phil Duncan:

Monday's resident weather expert on the prospects for the remainder of the summer.

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