Sir Paul given standing ovation
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 4:17p.m.
Poor health didn't stop broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes from enjoying every minute of the knighthood ceremony held in his honour at his Hawke's Bay home today.
Prime Minister John Key joined friends and family of Sir Paul at his picturesque Poukawa property, for an investiture that was fast-tracked and held away from the traditional Auckland and Wellington Government House venues.
Looking frail following recent heart surgery and battles with prostate cancer, Sir Paul got a standing ovation following the ceremony in a marquee on his front lawn.
Afterwards, he said the knighthood was for all broadcasters who were often under-recognised, and hoped it would also be appreciated by the organisations he assisted, including the Paralympics.
He acknowledged his wife Lady Deborah, and children, and said it would have been a proud moment for his late parents.
Asked about his health, he said he had to face up to reality and accept that the long and well-earned retirement he had plotted years ago would be a lot shorter than hoped.
"It's not good. I don't think Houdini will do it this time particularly."
As well as having battled cancer and heart problems, Sir Paul has twice survived crash landings of his Tiger Moth aeroplane.
Mr Key said Sir Paul was an "incredible New Zealander" who had achieved both in broadcasting and within his community.
The relationship between the pair had always been professional, and tough interviews had generally ended with handshakes.
While Sir Paul's health was not good, his spirits were very much intact, Mr Key said.
Sir Paul said he planned to take things a day at a time and enjoy his new title.
"I want everybody to call me sir."
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23/01/2013 1:51:07 p.m.
As a child in the 90s I had the pleasure of watchn you wth my parents...even tho some of your remarks were a biit "tough" to digest, you spoke what many of us saved for the comfort of our homes... God speed mr Holmes ...from a "cheeky darky"
20/01/2013 8:43:13 p.m.
Paul Holmes' wish you were our Leader, you made us all proud, bless you and thank you' we respect you and always.
20/01/2013 6:41:04 p.m.
Stephen Hookway wrote:
One of New Zealand's finest.
20/01/2013 2:39:50 p.m.
sally petley wrote:
Dear Paul, Thank you for the pleasure you have given us over the years with your presentations and unbiased interviews. Yes I reiterate your deserving of the knighthood bestowed on you.I have great respect for the father role you have also played in the last few years.Always you have shown a proud kiwi attitude, Bless you!!!!
19/01/2013 11:31:56 a.m.
Joanne Barlow wrote:
He deserves to be call a Sir cause he bought the lives of others especially New Zealanders into our homes every night, stories that needed to be told and people that needed to be heard, good on you Sir Paul, a true proud KIWI!!
18/01/2013 10:38:23 a.m.
18/01/2013 7:55:22 a.m.
Ric millard wrote:
Sir Paul was a legend in Vienna during the early 80s where he did the breakfast programme on ORF English service. Austrian drivers are normally dour and take no prisoners but it was always possible to see who was listening to Holmes's programme as they fought to get the laughter tears out of their eyes. If Austria had knighthoods Paul would have had one 35 years ago. A great man and a Capital Letter ambassador for New Zealand and the power of the mind.
18/01/2013 12:10:07 a.m.
If only you knew what these 'Knights' got up to in their spare time.... Im neutral about Sir Paul, but not cool with Sir Peter... Now there's a man who didn't do good when I was assulted and he just looked the other way. How many more "Sir's" are there out there are gonna stop shit like that happening??? Hopefuly this Sir would!
17/01/2013 4:53:58 p.m.
Key never misses a photo shoot. Good to see Mrs Shipley NZ's first unelected PM there too. The ex carpetbagger MP for Ashburton. A user!!!!!
17/01/2013 3:37:16 p.m.
Karen Rowlands wrote:
A great man, always interesting and deserves this award. I think Debra deserves this so much also, just thinking of the years that she has stood by what he has said etc. Cannot have been easy for her.
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