This morning he was a legend, this afternoon he became a Sir. And not a moment too soon for the frail broadcaster who was a late addition to the New Years honors list and subsequently had his investiture fast-tracked.
Sir Paul Holmes has received his knighthood to a standing ovation from more than 100 people who gathered at his Poukawa, Hawke’s Bay, home today.
Holding on to his wife, Lady Deborah’s, arm for support, he walked from their home to a marquee set up in their extensive backyard.
Holmes waved to his friends in the crowd and, pausing to hold on to the marquee, he showed his wicked sense of humour by swinging a leg around a pole. He then was helped on to the investiture stall by his family.
Govenor-general Jerry Mateparae dubbed him with the sword before having a quiet word to him. Mateparae then steadied the frail broadcaster as he stood for photographers before leaving the marquee to a standing ovation.
Sir Paul Holmes has delivered recognition to numerous other New Zealanders so it is certainly fitting that he was finally honored himself today. Better late than posthumously.