16 Jan 2013

Holmes knighted in special ceremony

9:24 pm on 16 January 2013

Broadcaster Paul Holmes has been officially invested with his knighthood at his home in Hawke's Bay.

Sir Paul was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours and his investiture was brought forward due to the 62-year-old's ill-health.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae knights Paul Holmes.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae knights Paul Holmes. Photo: RNZ

Sir Paul with wife Deborah.

Sir Paul with wife Deborah. Photo: RNZ

About 100 people were present at Sir Paul's home at Poukawa near Hastings on Wednesday, including Prime Minister John Key, Labour Party leader David Shearer and former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley.

The ceremony was held outside under a marquee on Sir Paul's extensive property.

Assisted by Lady Holmes and his brother, Sir Paul made his way to the dais where he knelt before Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and was tapped on the shoulder with the vice-regal sword and presented with the insignia of his honour.

Sir Jerry told Sir Paul he joins a small group of New Zealanders who have been recognised for having made a pre-eminent contribution to this country and its people.

He praised Sir Paul's contribution to broadcasting and as a supporter of a number of community initiatives.

"Your legacy to New Zealand broadcasting as a pioneer in talkback radio and in news and current affairs on television is considerable. You are indeed a man of many talents, skills and endeavours whom we acknowledge and celebrate today."

Sir Paul said the honour is an important day for all broadcasters, and he wants to be remembered as a decent guy.

"I'd like to be remembered as someone who in my broadcasting was fair-minded - not convinced of a person's guilt or innocence right from the start. So that's how I'd like to be remembered - as a good bloke."

Sir Paul said his health is failing due to a reoccurrence of prostate cancer and a heart ailment and he is facing the reality that his time is limited.