Jamie Mackay, host of The Country, (formerly known as The Farming Show) has interviewed leaders of the National and Labour parties every week for years, with one exception.
That exception was then-Labour leader David Cunliffe who declined the opportunity because he thought he wouldn’t get a fair hearing.
There’s now a second exception, one of Cunliffe’s successors, Jacinda Ardern who has said she’ll now only be doing a monthly slot.
The Country is the most expensive advertising hour on radio which indicates the size of its audience.
The show goes nationwide, with a sizeable number of urban listeners and it’s a must-listen for most rural people.
Interviews with party leaders are almost always pre-recorded at a time that’s convenient to them and last about five minutes.
What does it say about a PM who doesn’t have a very few minutes to spare for an audience that big?
People wanting to listen to interviews with the PM will no doubt be able to find others but the ones on The Country deal with rural issues in a way others don’t.
If she’s not available for weekly interviews on The Country she’s not interested in talking to country people.