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Guyon Espiner

Published: 3:22PM Monday October 09, 2006

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Guyon Espiner is TVNZ's political editor. He has covered politics from the press gallery in parliament since 1998 and took over as political editor from Mark Sainsbury in January 2006.

Covering elections since 1999, when Helen Clark came in to power, Espiner says elections are always great drama.

"The 2005 campaign was fascinating. We had great stories, such as the Exclusive Brethren funding mystery; the Taito Phillip Field corruption claims; and meaty policy debates, including the interest-free student loans idea from Labour and National's tax cuts. Election night was a cliff-hanger complete with a plane trying to fly into the Sky Tower and TVNZ nearly evacuated. And under MMP it's never over on election night. In 2005 we had the Greens kept out of Government and Labour signing up Winston Peters as foreign minister, which is still having repercussions to this day!"

Guyon attended Canterbury University, and then honed his journalistic skills at the Wellington Polytechnic Journalism School (now Massey).

He joined TVNZ in 2003 after ten years in journalism, mainly with newspapers, including working at Wellington's Evening Post, followed by a stint as political editor of the Sunday Star Times.

Despite spending the last few years in television, Guyon is a self confessed fan of the written word and continues to express himself on paper, writing a political column in North & South.

Follow Guyon on Twitter @guyonespiner