Duncan Garner

Oh, NZ journalist receives death threats. That’s a pan-media story these days?

When it happens to me it’s just desserts and the natural consequences of my unwanted behaviour.

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One comment read: “You should probably euthanize yourself before publicly humiliating even more.”

Another said: “If any pitbull attacks again I hope its [sic] you for your f***** up comments!!!”

MediaWorks contacted police who have since acted; one person has been issued a warning.

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Garner on Moroney and Social Media

Duncan Garner joins the fray on Sue Moroney.

Labour MP Sue Moroney’s moronic tweet this week about why a wealthy bach owner shouldn’t decide our flag referendum was a shocker.

She knows it. Labour leader Andrew Little knows it. It was serious face palm stuff wasn’t it? Moroney didn’t engage her brain with her loose fingers and wayward, poorly judged thoughts.

She also forgot the immense and invasive power of social media. It’s the equivalent of sending out a press release to the entire world.

In the old days rookie MPs were told to ‘breathe through their nose’ (a nice way of saying don’t ever open your mouth) as they learned the ropes from the back benches.

But today MPs are all over Facebook and Twitter because it’s such an effective (and free) way to connect directly with voters.   Read more »

Actually Duncan, no we shouldn’t, we should take none

Duncan Garner has decided that we should take up to 1500 refugees so his liberal guilt can be made to feel better.

We like to think we are the caring nation, don’t we? We are the good guys of the world – the honest broker.

We care for human rights more than others, right?

That’s nonsense actually. So I’m just going to come out and say it – I’m embarrassed that we don’t take more refugees, and it’s time that changed with the upcoming Government review of our numbers.

We take plenty of immigrants and foreign students – and there is no problem with that. They’re at record levels in fact.

So what are the reasons we don’t offer more places for refugees? You can’t stack up an argument against this.

The refugee quota was set at 800 places in 1987. We do less than that 29 years later, despite being a bigger, wealthier and more multi-cultural country.

Our population growth has grown 42 percent since 1987. The Bolger Government actually stripped 50 places in 1997.

And since 2001 it became much, much harder for asylum seekers to get into the country.

 So, it’s been this way for far too long and we’ve gone backwards.

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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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Face of the day

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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 »