Sir Paul Holmes
Sir Paul Holmes has been congratulated for his knighthood
at a special investiture ceremony in front of about 100 guests,
including dignitaries, at his Hawkes Bay lodge.
Under a white marquee tent on his wide back lawn, he was
given a "dubbing of the sword" by Governor General Jerry
The dignitaries, including Prime Minister John Key and Leader
of the Opposition David Shearer stood up to applaud the
honour bestowed to the veteran broadcaster, journalist and
Though visibly frail, Sir Paul shook the hands of guests as
he walked down the aisle, and even gave a wink to Mr Shearer
upon returning to his seat.
In his speech, Sir Jerry said the journalist had celebrated
"the colourful, the passionate and the expressive side of our
national psyche" throughout a long and varied career spanning
print, radio and television.
"You have asked hard questions of politicians, bureaucrats
and celebrities. And you have told the stories of everyday
New Zealanders as they celebrated the good times, and grieved
in the sad times.
"As you said at the close of your nightly programme for 15
years: 'Those were our people today, that's Holmes tonight.'
"Sir Paul, your achievements and commitment to your work as a
broadcaster and supporter of community initiatives have
brought us together here today.
"Your legacy to New Zealand broadcasting, as a pioneer - in
talkback radio, and in news and current affairs on television
- is considerable. You are man of many talents, skills and
endeavours whom we acknowledge and celebrate today."
Sir Paul said his health was "an imbalance".
"It's not good, generally. I don't think Houdini will do it
He said the honour meant a lot personally, for his family,
for the Paralympics cause, for all of broadcasting, and for
the Erebus plane crash case, which he had written a book on.
"The honour today means an incredible amount on so many
- Michael Dickison of the NZ Herald and APNZ