Paul Holmes to become a sir early

Last updated 09:12 08/01/2013
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VETERAN BROADCASTER: Paul Holmes

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Veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes will be given his knighthood next week in a ceremony brought forward because of his ailing health.

Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae has agreed to a request made by Holmes' family to hold an early investiture ceremony on January 16.

Holmes has been battling heart problems and the return of prostate cancer.

He suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart condition which thickens the muscles and restricts blood flow, and underwent surgery early last year. He was back in hospital in October after contracting an infection.

Prostate cancer, which Holmes was diagnosed with almost 10 years ago, has returned more aggressively than before.

Holmes cut back on his broadcasting hours late last year, before announcing his full retirement last month.

Government House spokesman Antony Paltridge said the ceremony would be held in Hawke's Bay, but the location had not been finalised.

It is believed the ceremony will take place at Holmes' family home - an olive orchard in Poukawa.

After the New Year's honours list was announced, Holmes told Fairfax Media his inclusion may have been because he was now considered "safe".

His decades-long career has been marked by sometimes-contentious incidents before the microphone.

Holmes said the honour was also for his work in the community as well as his broadcasting.

He is patron of Paralympics New Zealand and is on the board of Auckland's Westpac rescue helicopter charity, among other charitable pursuits. 

Watch Paul Holmes in one of his first TV roles as moustached wannabe Lothario in the 1972 social drama Gone Up North for a While.


 

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