Duncan Garner

Can Labour win? Garner doesn’t think so

Duncan Garner explains why Labour don’t get it and never will while they continue to attack John Key.

How on earth can Labour beat John Key?

This thorny question must have totally consumed Labour’s MPs at their recent caucus retreat.

I can’t imagine any back-slapping took place. More back-stabbing. After all, what is there for them to celebrate?

A long hot BBQ season?

Whether you like Key or not you have to concede that he’s one smart, pragmatic holder of the vast but crucial Centre ground.

And Labour’s only helping him by looking divided and hopelessly confused over the controversial trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

No less than four former Labour Party leaders support the TPPA: Phil Goff, Mike Moore, Helen Clark and David Shearer.

They’re in the prime minister’s camp as leader Andrew Little takes his caucus towards the Greens.

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Garner on the TPPA and Labour’s destruction of bi-partisanship

Duncan Garner attacks Labour over their stance on the TPPA.

The political consensus on free trade is over.

Stand by for thousands of protesters to target the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on Thursday.

After decades of supporting free trade, Labour has chosen to veer left into the bosom of New Zealand First and the Greens and oppose the TPP. It’s short-sighted and totally hypocritical, in my view. It looks like the party has had its strings pulled by anti-TPP academic Jane Kelsey.

This is a serious and controversial departure for Labour, and it may yet hurt the party among middle New Zealand voters.

Do these politicians know that our bottled wine can be sold tariff-free in Canada, Japan and the US on day one of the TPP being implemented? Why would you oppose that after we as a country have fought for this for so long? Most fruit and other produce can be exported tariff-free too, as a result of the TPP.

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Today’s face of the day Duncan Garner, says that rumours of 3 News’ death have been greatly exaggerated.

3 News has not died like some would suggest.

We are evolving and investing heavily in the cross-platform news business.

To suggest, like some have, that we have given up on news is the opinion of the wildly and totally uninformed and ignorant.

3 News becomes Newshub.

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When you read your news in the shub it is called Newshub

It’s part of a much wider shake-up of how we do things, how you consume the news and views we report and of course a rebrand.

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Duncan Garner shares his mid-life crisis

With his show 3D axed, his colleague Plunket announcing a shock departure, and general unease in the Mediaworks stable, Duncan realises he’s got a long life ahead and family comes first.

Sorry to be morbid, but I’ve been slightly obsessing about death lately. My own, specifically.

What a grim time the end of this year has become – Paris gunmen and terror attacks, then yet another American mass shooting this week.

Then there’s the threat posed by natural causes and illness.

The good news this week was that there’s now a “game-changing” drug to treat melanoma, which kills 300 New Zealanders every year.

But the bad news is that our government’s drug buying agency, Pharmac, has deemed the drug (Keytruda) a low priority.

This is the problem with Pharmac – they’re in a position to play god with people’s lives.

Yes, the agency must make decisions within a budget, but this stance is particularly devastating to families here who need access to that drug. It costs $300,000 for a full treatment. That counts most people out.

In Australia and Britain the drug is publicly funded. I don’t understand why Pharmac think they know better. It’s a matter of life and death, after all.

Then there’s Jonah Lomu’s death aged just 40. The public memorial this week was a superb celebration of his life, cut so short at age 40. His adorable boys are just 5 and 6. They have lost their Dad.

My boys are 5 and 7. My girls are 12 and 14.

I desperately don’t want to depart planet earth just yet and leave them behind. I love seeing them grow. I need them. They need me.

The only thing that terrifies me more than dying is leaving my family in the lurch.

Garner’s future should be just fine.  Unless he’s squandered all the salaries he’s been collecting over the years.  But yes, Radio New Zealand is a bit full up with media refugees looking for a soft pre-retirement landing, TVNZ aren’t hiring, and Mediaworks and job security are not two terms that go together right now.  He’s right to worry.   Read more »

Devoy lashes back at Garner: Bad race relations is a White Men problem

Islamic shill Susan Devoy has lashed out at Duncan Garner after he criticised her in his column yesterday.

The ironic thing about people who send me letters about how useless I am and that our race relations are OK, is that most of them are from Pakeha men: as Duncan Garner proved in his latest opinion piece.  I get many letters and emails: some polite, many abusive or threatening.  The personal attacks aren’t new and I’ve got pretty thick skin, for a simple squash player.

But as well as the haters I also get the opposite: messages of thanks and support from people who are grateful I stood up for their right to live in peace and dignity.  They aren’t powerful  or famous people but their voices mean more to me than those who think it’s PC gone mad to actively work at peaceful race relations.

Super Diversity isn’t coming, it’s already here. We are home to more than 200 ethnicities – more cultures than the UN has member states. More than one million of us were born overseas and these trends will continue. New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on the planet, to ignore our differences is a naïve and hopeless response to an issue the entire world is grappling with.

Race relations in our country are far from OK.  A third of all complaints we receive are about racial discrimination but we know many people never bother complaining. If we aren’t careful the future we leave our children will be vastly different from the peaceful New Zealand we grew up in.

It’s not OK for Muslim Kiwis to be singled out, abused and discriminated against because of violent extremists. Neither is it OK to blame Jewish Kiwis for an unfolding tragedy thousands of miles away.

It’s not OK for Maori New Zealanders to be racially profiled shopping at their supermarket or walking down the street.

It’s not OK to put an advertisement on Trade Me that says No Asians, No Indians or Europeans Only. This year I spent the day with some of the toughest Kiwis I’ve ever met, elderly Jewish women who survived the Holocaust. One remembers how advertisements for jobs and houses increasingly declared: No Jews. They told me hate starts small, in prejudice and intolerance and they were right.

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Garner on Devoy’s jihad against Christmas

Duncan Garner doesn’t hold back on FIANZ shill Dame Susan Devoy and her wonky jihad against Christmas.

I’d almost forgotten about the ludicrous decision to appoint a squash player as the country’s race relations commissioner – till Susan Devoy dropped another clanger.

And what a howler it was,  throwing her (insignificant) weight behind Auckland Regional Migrants Services’ plan to ditch the word Christmas and refer instead to  “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings”.

Apparently Devoy, the service’s patron, wants to save the majority of Kiwis (who are not Christian) from feeling excluded at this time of year. Good grief.

It’s hard not to form the impression that Dame Susan doesn’t have enough to keep her busy. I want to be very clear: Devoy was a gutsy, world-class squash player. But none of these qualities make her at all qualified to oversee race relations in this country.

It’s time to ditch her role and the entire office she heads. I know my position will be unpopular among the hand-wringers and do-gooders but let me explain.

We celebrate Christmas in New Zealand. It’s part of who we are, whether we are Christian or not.

It’s a time for family, gifts, talking, laughing, over-eating, drinking, celebrating the end of the year and, if you so desire, church. No-one needs to worry about being excluded from the joys of the season.

At the last census 42 per cent of Kiwis identified as non-Christian. But I have never felt excluded by the word “Christmas”.

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Only Mediaworks seem to think they have a winner with the illegal gun purchase

Public good?  Public service?   My arse.   This was all for ratings.   So how did that work out then?

The controversy surrounding current affairs show Story’s most high-profile investigation yet has failed to help pull up the ratings.

Reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan bought a .22 rifle over the internet for an item on the TV3 show, which aired on Wednesday night.

In a statement released before the show, Auckland City police announced they had opened a criminal investigation “following information that a firearm was purchased illegally online”.

But the drama does not appear to have enticed viewers, with Wednesday night’s episode receiving lower than average ratings.

According to figures from TV website throng.co.nz, 164,490 viewers tuned in to watch du Plessis-Allan purchase the rifle.

This was up slightly on the previous night’s episode, which saw a live audience of 132,060.

But according to a Stuff analysis of throng.co.nz data, it was below the average of 189,897 viewers per episode achieved during August and September.   Read more »

Oh look, a Mediaworks/Police Association piece on guns. What a coincidence

It is looking more and more like Mediaworks and the Police Association have manufactured a story and outrage to push for the police having more access to firearms and restricting access further for law abiding citizens.

This has been the talk amongst arms officers who have been meeting this week ahead of a conference, and last weekend on Radio Live Greg O’Connor outlined precisely how you can purchase a firearm illegally. No surprises then that this week Story, a Mediaworks current affair show has coincidentally used those same techniques to break the law.

No further surprises then that an article turns up the same day about the issue…the one they created and have been selling as news when it appears it is really native advertising.

The Police Association warns it will take a mass shooting for an inquiry to be launched into the availability of firearms.

It told members at a conference that officers are seizing guns almost daily and the problem is getting worse. But the Police Minister isn’t convinced.

“Don’t wait until there is a disaster and have an inquiry under duress and you’ll have an emotional response,” says Police Association president Greg O’Connor. “Do it now.”

There are no official statistics on how many firearms are seized, so the Police Association is collecting its own data. Since September 1 its members have reported seizing 58 weapons while on routine duties, which is more than one per day.

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Heather du Plessis-Allan under police investigation

Back when Nicky Hager ran his Dirty Politics hit job I was attacked for dusting up regulators, texting John Key, getting OIAs turned around quick smart, emailing my mates and having chats that were a bit colourful. None of that was illegal at all, two police investigations, two government inquiries all proved that nothing was illegal.

Even though none of it was illegal the Media Party went all in and hounded me and my friends. An illegal act of hacking and stealing my data was excused by Nicky Hager, Herald journalists, and other media as “public interest”. They lauded the criminal as a hero when he was in reality a criminal. They also worked with and know who the hacker is and still protect him to this day. They are as complicit as the hacker is in the crimes they committed.

Yesterday it was revealed that two other journalists have participated in a crime, obtaining a firearm illegally. They too have justified this as “public interest” like it gives them a free pass to commit crimes.

They are wrong. In Sweden three journalists, including their boss were charged for just such a crime.

Heather du Plessis-Allan and Duncan Garner went big on the story and with the able assistance of Greg O’Connor had a good story. Right after they started ramping up the promos on radio and started spilling the beans things started to go awry.

I don’t think they have realised how much trouble they have gotten themselves involved in. This involved firearms. It is serious. And we know it is serious because they’ve breathlessly told us so. My earlier post points out how dimly the Police should take their actions.    Read more »

Dirty Media meets Dodgy Unions, this time over gun control

So Radio Live host Duncan Garner and his TV3 co-host Heather Du Plessis-Allan have got a hold of a gun through mail order from Gun City. This is sure to propel to the front of the news a discussion around gun control and a whole lot of panic, to the detriment of rational conversation and law abiding gun owners.

Firstly if someone has obtained a gun illegally and have broken the law – they should be prosecuted just like everyone else would be. Journalists included.

There are good reasons for that suggestion. Firstly for the Police to prove that they are actually onto managing firearms offences when they occur and secondly to ensure the law isn’t mocked by inaction. Inaction on this example surely points the finger of blame back on the Police for not doing enough about it. Nobody can rightfully whinge about guns getting into the wrong hands when the Police won’t take the law seriously and prosecute law breakers.

I also note that the point made by journalists in this instance is grossly undermined if they are not themselves charged. You can’t cry wolf about gun laws and then when you break those laws – expect not to be prosecuted.

The Police have no choice but to prosecute the journalists concerned.

But I wish to make another more pertinent point about why this topic is even in the news.

Police Association president Greg O’Connor was quick to get on the radio after this story broke on Radio Live and state that there is a big issue with guns in NZ.

But Greg has been working hard lately to get all Police officers armed with Glock pistols. Rather than carry Glocks in the squad cars he wants Glocks on the hips of every cop. Greg claimed that thugs are increasingly obtaining guns illegally and thus cops need to also be armed.    Read more »