Passion and professionalism Holmes’ legacy

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader David Shearer has offered his condolences to the family of veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes, who died peacefully at his home this morning.
Passion and professionalism Holmes’ legacy

Labour Leader David Shearer has offered his condolences to the family of veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes, who died peacefully at his home this morning.

“Paul was a true professional. He was hugely respected not only by his peers, but by New Zealanders across social and political spectrums.

“A pioneer of the talkback radio format, he was at the forefront of current affairs television and never shied from controversy.

“He had a fine sense of the ‘ordinary Kiwi’, along with an uncanny understanding of the issues of the day.

“What always struck me was his enthusiasm for his country. He was a passionate New Zealander who stood up for anyone willing to have a go.

“I got to know him a bit more personally in recent years. I saw him as a friend and frequently enjoyed a robust debate with him.

“Paul’s contribution to New Zealand’s media landscape was significant, and he will be deeply missed.

“My sympathy and thoughts are with his wife, Lady Deborah Holmes, his children Millie and Rueben and other family members,” said David Shearer.

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