Duncan Garner

Duncan Garner
Born c.1973
Occupation Television journalist
Nationality New Zealand
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Duncan Garner (born c.1973) is a New Zealand television journalist, as of 2010 the 3 News political editor in Wellington.

Garner attended Westlake Boys High School,[1] and the Auckland University of Technology. Starting as a reporter for Television New Zealand in 1995, he worked on the current affairs show Holmes from 2000 to 2002.

Garner moved to rival TV3 in 2003. He broke the story of the NZ$195,000 golden handshake Labour MP John Tamihere received leaving the Waipareira Trust in October 2004. The story prompted an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, which caused Tamihere to resign from the Cabinet.[2][3] Tamihere was later cleared of financial impropriety, and the story won Garner the 2004 Qantas Media Award for Television News Reporter - Politics.[4]

In August 2008, three months before the New Zealand general election, Garner broadcast audio tapes secretly recorded at a National Party cocktail party by Kees Keizer.[5] The tapes caught deputy leader Bill English saying he would sell Kiwibank, and future Speaker of the House of Representatives Lockwood Smith saying National had to adopt policies the party did not like in order not to scare voters.[6] The broadcast earned Garner a nomination for Best News Reporting in the 2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards.[7]

In March 2010, TV3 launched the weekend current affairs program The Nation, with Garner as co-host.[8]

In the wake of the 2010 MPs expenses scandal, Labour politician Chris Carter alleged Garner said "I am going to fucking well get you" to him at a Air New Zealand Koru Club lounge in 2009. The head of TV3 news and current affairs Mark Jennings replied saying Garner did not have a grudge, and "Carter is a serial offender on expenses ... it's Duncan's job to shine the light on that."[9]

Garner was in a relationship with television journalist Mihingarangi Forbes for nine-ten years until 2008. They have two daughters.[10][11]


  • 2004 Qantas Media Award for Television News Reporter - Politics – Tamihere golden handshake/ SFO investigation
  • 2007 Qantas Television Award, Television journalist of the year[12]


  1. ^ "Bright futures left in ashes". The New Zealand Herald. 3 March 2001. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=174794&pnum=0. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Ainsley (13 July 2005). "Tamihere seeks grudge matches". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10335571. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Waipareira Trust CEO dismissal fair but flawed - Authority". The New Zealand Herald. 28 February 2007. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10426297. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Qantas Media Awards 2004 Broadcasting Results". Scoop. 23 May 2005. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00325.htm. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Gower, Patrick (6 November 2008). "Cocktail party spy who fooled National says it was easy". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10541397&pnum=0. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Key views conference tapes in hunt for infiltrator". The New Zealand Herald. 12 August 2008. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10526550. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Qantas Film and Television Award winners". TVNZ. 5 September 2009. http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/qantas-film-and-television-award-winners-2968999. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Bowrom, Jane (3 April 2010). "Current affairs shows draw viewers". The Dominion Post. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/entertainment/reviews/3544958/Flurry-of-current-affairs. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Meng-Yee, Carolyne (13 June 2010). "Big-spending MP may quit". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10651533. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Hewitson, Michele (3 April 2010). "Michele Hewitson Interview: Duncan Garner". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10635964&pnum=0. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Coronation bill a king's ransom". Sunday Star Times. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/entertainment/538662. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "TV3 is high flier at Qantas TV Awards". Sunday Star Times. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/135528. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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