Radio Live Drive host, co-host of TV3’s 3rd Degree and The Vote, keen boatie and Westlaker Duncan Garner has teamed up with Water Safety New Zealand to help reduce the number of Kiwi ‘blokes in boats’ drowning. It’s no surprise that Duncan has become an ambassador to the cause – as a keen fisherman and boatie himself he understands the risks on the water and will be taking a Coastguard Boating Education Day Skipper course to set an example for others to follow.
Duncan was at Westlake in 1989-1991. He was involved with the production of the school magazine and won the 1990 Kevin Leadbetter Prize for coming First in Journalism. He was part of the Under 17 Eight Rowing team and managed to get a special mention of congratulations in the 1990 yearbook for his support and humour given to the U19 Senior Eight crew throughout the year as well as his superb effort in becoming the first ever Westlake sculler to reach a sculling final at the Maadi Cup regatta. Duncan played for the Rugby 1st XV for two years and was a Prefect in his final year at school, winning the Takapuna RSA Award for Work in School and Community.
After leaving Westlake, Duncan completed a three year degree course in Communication Studies at the Auckland University of Technology and was one of only two successful applicants out of over 300 for TVNZ in 1995. He enjoyed a year reporting on sports and news and completed three years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery as reporter for TV1 enjoying the challenging of the APEC and the election so close together. He joined the team of the current affairs show Holmes from 2000 to 2002 and moved to TV3 in 2003 as a political reporter taking on the network’s Political Editor role in 2007. Duncan’s 17 years in the gallery saw him cover the 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011 General Elections in New Zealand. In March 2010, TV3 launched the weekend current affairs program The Nation, with Garner as co-host and in December 2012 Duncan took over the Radio Live Drive slot, after a trial week earlier that year proved successful. In March this year Duncan became the host of two new current affairs shows on TV3 – 3rd Degree and The Vote.
Duncan has been repeatedly recognised for the quality of his work – winning the coveted Television Journalist of the Year at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards. He later scooped another win – in tandem with Patrick Gower – in 2012 in the Best News Reporting category for his work on the John Banks/John Key tea tapes scandal.
With Monday’s Labour Day weekend marking the start of the boating season, Duncan will swap his blazer for a lifejacket to try and get the message across to recreational boaties nationwide. On behalf of Westlake Boys’ High School and Westlakers we wish you a relaxing Labour weekend and encourage you and your families to stay safe on the water!
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