Rural experience lacking in Parliament, research shows

A study of the background of serving MPs has found only 11 of Parliament's 121 MPs have experience in the agricultural sector.

Nine of these MPs are from National, one from Labour, and one from New Zealand First.

According to the research conducted by Blackland PR, none of the Green Party MPs have worked in the rural sector.

The Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister visit a farm in October.
The Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister visit a farm in October. Photo credit: Getty

Mark Blackham, a director for Blackland PR, told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange that politics is not an attractive line of work for everyday New Zealanders.

"Parliament is less representative than the rural sector is among the general workforce," he said.

"I think politics is a less fun place for people. If you can have a quiet life and earn enough money you might as well stay out of politics," said Mr Blackham.

He also believes that there is a lesser desire for civic duty in New Zealand.

Watch the full interview with Mark Blackham above.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay, Sarah Perriam and Richard Loe, 5-7am Saturday and Sunday on RadioLIVE with Carter's Tyre Service. Click here for all the ways to watch and listen.

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