Gardiner, a tight head prop, played 11 games, including one test, for the All Blacks in 1974, touring Australia and Ireland. His test cap came against Australia in Sydney.
Gardiner died in New Plymouth on Monday, January 18, aged 74.
Taranaki Rugby chief executive Laurence Corlett said he first met Gardiner in 2005.
‘’He was a big powerful man. Loved a beer, loved a chat.’’
He played 102 games for Taranaki, Corlett said.
“A great guy. He epitomised everything that is good about rugby in Taranaki.’’