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Rhea Dasent: Utilities burden for landowners

It's a burden for landowners to host public infrastructure on their property and most have been installed in the past without compensation.Utilities companies expect landowners to be prepared to operate their farming activities...

Winston Peters vs Silver Fern Farms - the battle rages on

Winston Peters is back for his fortnightly catch up with The Country's Jamie Mackay.Major banks are closing branches in provincial New Zealand towns and rural people are losing their jobs. Mackay wants to know if Peters thinks small...

Kyle MacDonald: Why people don't always fight sexual assault

"My friend was recently sexually assaulted and she beats herself up for not fighting back. And to be honest I don't really understand why she didn't, what am I missing?" Confused I can understand why your friend is distressed,...

Farmer urges others to embrace safety

Hawke's Bay farmer and former Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills has been put through the Safer Farms grill - painlessly.After a safety assessment by health and safety inspector Andrew Powell this week at Trelinnoe,...

Small towns hit by bank branch closures

Three towns will be left with no full-service bank branches if Westpac goes ahead with a raft of planned closures.Residents of Ranfurly and Fairlie will be left driving up to an hour to get to their nearest bank branch while people...