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Paul Holmes knighted today

Wednesday 16 Jan 2013 8:13 a.m.

Paul Holmes (Photosport)

Paul Holmes (Photosport)

Veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes will be knighted in an early investiture ceremony at home on Wednesday afternoon.

Sir Paul, 62, was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours for services to broadcasting and the community.

The controversial broadcaster began his radio career in the 1970, joining Newstalk ZB in 1987 and continuing as a host until 2012.

In 1989, Sir Paul launched his TVNZ current affairs television show, Holmes, which he fronted until 2004, and from 2009 until 2012, he hosted political show Q+A.

Sir Paul has also been patron of Paralympics NZ, and a supporter of the Stellar Trust, which campaigns against methamphetamine, since his daughter Millie's high-profile battle to get clean of the drug after being arrested in 2007.

In early 2012, Sir Paul underwent open heart surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that thickens the heart muscle, making it harder to pump blood.

At the same time, he saw a return of the prostate cancer he had fought a decade earlier.

Sir Paul retired from broadcasting late last year due to his ailing health, which has also caused his investiture ceremony to be brought forward.

Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae will take the unusual step of knighting Sir Paul at his home in Poukawa, Hawke's Bay, at 2pm on Wednesday.

Sir Paul's former Newstalk ZB colleagues also have a special gift for him - an old-fashioned radio microphone with a plaque reading: "A piece of radio history presented to a man who made radio history".


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