He's known to some as the Sonny Bill Williams of politics. But can Forestry Minister Shane Jones sidestep The Country host Jamie Mackay's curly questions about foreign ownership, the billion trees initiative and funding for Northland?

Shane Jones says farmers are too soft on the National Party and they need to stop "bitching and moaning".

Talking to Jamie Mackay on The Country today, the Minister of Forestry and Regional Economic Development launched a blistering attack on the nation's farmers.

Jones said he was disappointed in Federated Farmers president Katie Milne, who is on the board of directors of Westland Milk