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Off Twitter and loving it

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Last updated 05:00, January 13 2018

Duncan Garner says banning himself from Twitter was the best decision he made in 2017.

OPINION: I'll make no big sweeping statements or promises to kick off 2018.

Lofty New Year's resolutions are a pile of horse dung.

They're barely remembered within weeks of a boozy and always over-rated New Year's Eve.

It's time to put that phone down and spend quality time doing something other than spreading hate and bile.

The best things just happen, but certainly for good reason.

* Garner receives abuse, is baffled by it
* Garner horrified at being labelled 'racist' after immigration column
* How Twitter went from banal to brutal

Last year, I chose to leave the social media platform Twitter, after a handful of heinously mouthed souls got really ugly, awfully nasty and far too personal.

And my personal ban has stuck. I have not returned. For the better.

Yes, I know I have strong opinions and tussle publicly with politicians and opinion leaders, but no matter what goes down, I never wish for people to die as a result.

But that's what I got for daring to suggest we have failed to plan and build the appropriate infrastructure to meet the demands of tens of thousands of immigrants that pour into New Zealand every year. I was a racist.

I was bombarded with some of the most foul-mouthed abuse you could imagine from faceless idiots and others who you may have heard of, like so-called funny guy Guy Williams, who........

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