Newsworthy co-host and 3 News reporter David Farrier is saying goodbye to TV3 for the time being in order to further pursue his documentary, Tickled.
Partially paid for through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Tickled follows Farrier as he investigates the world of competitive tickling. The documentary is premiering at prestigious film festival Sundance next week.
"I'll be working on getting Tickled out there, this documentary I've been working on for the last two years. I'm starting with Sundance next week, so packing lots of very warm clothes," Farrier says. "I am mainly hoping to get Robert Redford's signature for my mum."
Farrier has been a part of the 3 News team off and on for the past decade, bringing to the screen a series of entertainment and generally eccentric stories.
He's brought the public's attention to a Christchurch woman seeking homes for 150 birds, and last year conducted a sweaty interview with former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig which is credited with bringing down the politician's career.
He's also joined Tinder in the name of news and talked with an American violinist who collated more than 1000 vile messages online.
Upon leaving, Farrier praised his colleagues on the late-night news show Newsworthy which he's co-anchored since its launch.
"I've had a tremendous time with my colleagues on Newsworthy last year, I just feel so lucky to have worked with such talented friends," he says. "My personal highlights were kicking things off with Neil Finn in the studio, and wrapping last year up with comedians Tim and Eric, who are personal heroes of mine."
With Farrier's departure, co-host Samantha Hayes will now be the solo anchor of Newsworthy.