Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay caught up with Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones playing Santa in Southland.

On with the show:

Eric Roy:

On today's show we look back 40 years to the Erebus disaster and we kick it off with a former National MP who once famously said you shouldn't stand for parliament "until you've been through a couple of tough lambings".

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Shane Jones:

We find the Prince of the Provinces in Southland where he's playing Santa to ten engineering firms as the money flows freely from the PGF fund.

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Chris Russell:

Even our Australian correspondent has an Erebus story as we talk tornadoes, bush fires and Israel Folau.

John McOviney:

The chief executive of Steelfort comments on the state of the New Zealand red meat industry and lawnmowers!

Listen below: