Sir Paul Holmes has died

Broadcasting legend Sir Paul Holmes has died this morning:


Sir Paul Holmes, the controversial broadcaster with the cheeky grin and quick wit, has died at home, surrounded by family.

Holmes’ family issued a statement at 9.30am.

“Sir Paul Holmes passed away peacefully early this morning surrounded by his family at home in Hawkes Bay, as he wished to be.

“Sir Paul had been in poor health since having heart surgery earlier in the year. In recent months he had also been suffering from a resurgence of prostate cancer. 

“More than just a broadcaster, Paul was a loving husband and father, as well as a generous friend. He loved people and people loved him.

“Lady Holmes, Millie, Rueben and Ken Holmes would like to thank the public for their incredible support. ”

The family said information on how the public could pay tribute to Sir Paul would be announced in due course.

Rest In Peace


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  • maninblack

    RIP Paul Holmes.

  • Love him or loathe him (or both) his daily show provided NZ with todays debates in primetime. NZ was better informed on so many issues because of his style. RIP.

    • Whafe

      Well put Michael….
      RIP Paul Holmes

  • “Those were our people today, that’s Holmes tonight”

    RIP Paul.

  • He will be missed in the NZ media circus.

  • Lily

    Haere, haere, haere. Hoki atu ki te Kaihanga.

  • Annie218

    A man with an opinion, an inquiring mind and a sense of humour. Lovely photo

  • Mitch82

    I’m quite sad about this.. good innings, Sir Paul.

  • GregM

    Broadcasting got dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century by this great New Zealander. He will be missed by many.
    Rest in peace Sir Paul, and Thank you.

  • JeffDaRef

    Spare a thought for Dotcom, who must be beside himself with grief, they were so close..

  • Requescet in pace, et lux perpetua libera nos.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Rest easy , Paul . Thanks for making life interesting .

  • surfisup

    Sad day, pretty much grown up with Paul on the radio and TV.

    He was head and shoulders above his colleagues.

  • He said after his investiture “I want to be remembered as a decent bloke. Someone who was fair. Someone nwho didn’t look at a person and decide on their guilt or innocence before I had the facts”. I know, very personally, that alone among his media colleagues that is exactly what Paul did.

    I owe him for that and I owe for for the fact that he enabled me and those who were his contemporaries and successors on radio and TV in NZ to find the courage to ignore “the rules” and refuse any more to be forced to emulate an American Top 40 “jock” or a buttoned-down BBC presenter and be real Kiwis. Of course none of us ever managed to convey the humanity and integrity Paul projected, probably because none of us ever matched it.

    Thank you for everything, Paul.

  • Meg

    Rest in peace Sir Paul.

  • Lion_ess

    One of New Zealand’s truly Bright Sparks. RIP.

  • David Broome

    As a former guest on Holmes in the mid 1990s and the rather lucky winner on his radio show it was with sadness i heard of his passing. While a TV star his passion was the radio where his personality leapt from the speakers. He was unique, personable and bright. Above all he was the person you wanted to be around.