Why National? Young Country asked Justice Minister Simon Power.
. . . I have a fundamental belief that governments should leave people alone, and that the role of the state should be relatively small, and that the state should not be in you life more than it needs to be.
New Zealanders have this natural aversion to being told what to do by governments, both local and central, and I’m pretty much in that camp.
He was also asked to give one piece of advice to a young rural person.
His answer was:
. . . “Don’t underestimate the impact they can have on the way governments and economies operate if they are going to step up and say their piece.”
My experience with listening to what farmers have to say, whether it is at the saleyards, pub or wherever, they tend to be understated but very, very smart. Their instincts are almost 100% right on where the country should be heading.
The other thing to remember is what good advocates farmers are. So when they come to talk about an issue with me, they have very compelling cases to make due to being well-structured and having thoroughly thought through the process.
Young Country was launched last year.
It was a brave move, given the recession, but it seems to have hit the spot and not just with its target audience of younger country people. Lots of us not so young ones find it good reading too.
(And no, I don’t have shares in the company or work for the magazine, I’m just an appreciative subscriber).