Duncan Garner wants to spend more time with his mum

  • 01/05/2018

Duncan Garner wants to spend more time with his mum and Mark Richardson believes he has grown wiser in the past five years.

The AM Show hosts shared a tender moment on a panel discussing the older generation.

A recent survey by Public Trust shows people over 65 feel undervalued in New Zealand.

Duncan Garner disagreed, "I think these people, of this age group, are really employable"

Richardson agreed that people in the group have invaluable experience "there's no substitute for it".

He went on to use himself as an example of, in his words, "the old, wise one" of the group.

"I do think that I'm getting wiser," observed Richardson.

Amanda Gillies laughed. 

Richardson told his co-hosts his views have changed for the better over the last 5 years .

Garner accused Mark of lying.

"No, I'm not! You learn with every day you're on this planet if you're open to accepting different opinions." 

Garner then went on to share his disappointment in himself with the treatment of older people.

"Mum came round last night and she wanted to have a chat. I've felt terrible all morning... I was on the phone trying to figure out this new phone thing and I was a bit grumpy to her."

Garner said he was dismissive and his mum left the room.

He took the chance to apologise to his mother and vowed to spend time with her this evening. 

Gillies loaded on the guilt, saying, "Yeah, make it up to her. Look how incredible she is to you at the moment. She's been invaluable."

Richardson piped up again, "in comparison to other cultures around the world, on average I believe that our... general culture… we don't respect our elders enough."

"OK, wise one," said Garner.