Sir Paul Holmes a Veteran Radio and Television Broadcaster in New Zealand for the past 23 was often a controversial figure described as charming, challenging and entertaining who interviewed thousands, passed away this morning surrounded by his family, aged 62, after a long fought battle with prostate cancer.
Known as an absolute workaholic who fronted his own television current affairs show rising through the ranks of the broadcasting world from the 1970’s claiming headlines with a string of public relationships and divorces. Philanthropically he championed The Stellar Trust an organisation set up to fight Methamphetamine or ‘P’ which he helped launch in the midst of his adopted daughter Millie Elder’s very public battle with the drug and The Paralympics for 20 years.
He certainly packed a lot into his 62 years becoming a millionaire, pilot surviving two plane crashes, philanthropist, intrepid traveller and a loving husband and Dad. I’ll always remember seeing him back in the 90’s hugging Eve Van Grafhorst, a little Australian girl whose family had to emigrate to New Zealand because she had AIDS and the schooling system back in the 1980’s wouldn’t allow her to attend. She said she had felt unlovable and horrible after not being able to attend school so he picked her up and gave her a big hug. I have attached a documentary made on her if you click on her name.
His resume and list of accomplishments are long and distinguished but what captured me were his words in an interview recently asking if he had any regrets in life, commented ” I wish I had spent more time at home with my family”.
Rest in Peace …