Paul Holmes to become a sir early

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

Relevant offers

TV & Radio

Lindsay Lohan reveals miscarriage Game of Thrones: A Song of the Sofa (spoiler) From Doctor Who star to US President on NZ stage The state of Kiwi comedy Women on the beat Please put your clothes on Cruel punishment for those who would not fight DVD review: The Rise and Fall of The Clash Christmas' trip down memory lane Could Game of Thrones change the TV industry?

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.


 

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Mike Kilpatrick

Couch Potato

Primetime? Don't make me laugh