Duncan Garner

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Duncan Garner
Born (1974-03-08) 8 March 1974 (age 45)
NationalityNew Zealand
OccupationTelevision journalist
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Duncan Garner (born 8 March 1974) is a New Zealand radio and television host and journalist. He took over the Radio Live drive slot in December 2012[1] and was previously the 3 News political editor in Wellington.

Early life[edit]

Garner was born on 8 March 1974[2] and attended Westlake Boys High School.[3] He studied for a communications degree at Auckland Technical Institute.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

He started his career as a reporter for Television New Zealand in 1995, working on the current affairs show Holmes from 2000 to 2002.

Garner then moved to rival TV3 in 2003. He broke the story of a NZ$195,000 golden handshake that Labour Party 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 Cabinet.[4][5] Tamihere was later cleared of financial impropriety, and the story won Garner the 2004 Qantas Media Award for Television News Reporter - Politics.[6]

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.[7] The tapes caught deputy leader Bill English saying he would sell Kiwibank, and MP Lockwood Smith saying National had to adopt policies the party did not like in order not to scare voters.[8] The broadcast earned Garner a nomination for Best News Reporting in the 2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards.[9]

In March 2010, TV3 launched the weekend current affairs program The Nation, with Garner as co-host.[10]

In the wake of the 2010 MPs expenses scandal, Labour Party politician Chris Carter alleged that Garner had a vendetta against him. 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."[11]

In 2013, Garner hosted two new current affairs shows on TV33rd Degree and The Vote.[12]


  • 2004 Qantas Media Award for Television News Reporter - Politics – Tamihere golden handshake/SFO investigation
  • 2007 Qantas Television Award, Television journalist of the year[13]

Personal life[edit]

Garner was in a relationship with television journalist Mihingarangi Forbes for nine to ten years until 2008 and they have two daughters. As at 2010 Garner also had a child from another relationship.[14] Garner was married to Deanna Delamere for six years until they separated in 2018 and they have a son.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Duncan Garner on RadioLIVE". RadioLIVE. December 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Garner, Duncan (11 March 2017). "Boom: Not-so-super changes put my generation at war with our parents". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Bright futures left in ashes". The New Zealand Herald. 3 March 2001. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  4. ^ Thomson, Ainsley (13 July 2005). "Tamihere seeks grudge matches". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Waipareira Trust CEO dismissal fair but flawed - Authority". The New Zealand Herald. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Qantas Media Awards 2004 Broadcasting Results". Scoop. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  7. ^ Gower, Patrick (6 November 2008). "Cocktail party spy who fooled National says it was easy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Key views conference tapes in hunt for infiltrator". The New Zealand Herald. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Qantas Film and Television Award winners". TVNZ. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  10. ^ Bowron, Jane (3 April 2010). "Current affairs shows draw viewers". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 3 April 2010.[dead link]
  11. ^ Meng-Yee, Carolyne (13 June 2010). "Big-spending MP may quit". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Hosts preview TV3's new show, The Vote". March 27, 2013.
  13. ^ "TV3 is high flier at Qantas TV Awards". Sunday Star Times. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  14. ^ Hewitson, Michele (3 April 2010). "Michele Hewitson Interview: Duncan Garner". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Broadcaster Duncan Garner and wife have separated". Now To Love. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.