Sir Paul Holmes says he is feeling great about his special
investiture ceremony at his Hawkes Bay home today.
One hundred guests and a large media contingent are expected
to gather, as the broadcaster, journalist and author is
knighted at 1.30pm in a marquee set up at his Poukawa home.
Sir Paul was made a knight in the New Year's honours for his
services to broadcasting and the community.
The rare early investiture comes after family and friends
requested the ceremony be moved forward because they are
concerned about Sir Paul's health.
Sir Paul has been battling prostate cancer and a heart
ailment, and underwent operations for both conditions last
He told Newstalk ZB this morning he was "feeling great about
"I'm looking forward to the celebration of the investiture. I
mean, you know, that really is something special - it doesn't
happen more than probably once in your life ... this is
Sir Paul said it was "very nice" of Governor General
Lieutenant-General Sir Jerry Mateparae to travel to his home
to hold the ceremony.
But he added there were extenuating circumstances.
"I have been a bit poorly," he said.
"It's sometimes a bit of a battle. Getting up and down those
stairs takes it out of me - I might have to buy a little
bungalow on a beach."
Sir Paul's Hawkes Bay property - a sprawling farm with olive
trees grown for his olive oil business - was looking
fabulous, he said.
"It's going to be a heck of a day. And the place, I must say,
the farm is looking divine. We've spent all week on it, a
couple of weeks on it, really, building up to this day."
Sir Paul said his family were all proud - and were already
addressing him by his new title.
Asked if it was at his insistence, Sir Paul joked: "Of course
it is - I'm a dictator, a rogue."