Sir Paul Holmes stable in hospital

Sir Paul Holmes remains in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital today as his family continues to hold vigil.

His wife, Lady Deborah, and his brother Ken Holmes said in a statement last night that the veteran broadcaster was receiving medical treatment from the team at the hospital and "other supporting organisations".

Lady Deborah asked for privacy so the family could "focus their energy" on supporting her husband.

Sir Paul was taken to hospital yesterday, less than a week after being knighted in ceremony at his Hawke's Bay lodge by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

The investiture was brought forward at his family's request because of Sir Paul's failing health.

The ceremony was attended by dignitaries such as Prime Minister John Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer.

Sir Paul had been treated for prostate cancer earlier in his career but it returned early last year, putting his work on hold. Last June he also underwent open-heart surgery.

Sir Paul briefly returned to the country's screens and airwaves, but in December announced he was retiring from broadcasting because of his poor health.


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