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. They request privacy from the media as they now grieve.
Information on how the public can pay tribute to Paul will be announced in due course.
Statement from Kevin Kenrick, Chief Executive, TVNZ:
“Sir Paul had a long and illustrious career with TVNZ and he has many friends here. He’s been part of the TVNZ family for so long – from our family to his we extend our deepest sympathy.
Sir Paul redefined current affairs on New Zealand television for a generation and has been a leading light in the world of journalism in this country.
His legacy will be remembered within TVNZ and across the industry for many years to come.”
Statement from MediaWorks:
Sir Paul Holmes was a colleague, friend and mentor to many of us at MediaWorks.
He’ll be sadly missed by his many friends and former co-workers across our business, and the broadcasting industry as a whole.
Paul was a formidable competitor who lifted the bar for broadcasting in both radio and television. His impact on the media landscape over the past two decades can’t be over-estimated.
While Paul was fiercely competitive on the screen and behind the microphone, in private he was always quick to lend his support and provide advice. His charisma and natural empathy with Kiwis from all walks of life, as well as his willingness to roll up his sleeves and get the job done won him the respect of colleagues and rivals alike.
The thoughts of everyone at MediaWorks are with Sir Paul’s family and friends at this sad time.
Sussan Turner, Paul Maher, Mark Jennings and the MediaWorks family