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The Maori Party Pays Respects To Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes

The Hon Tariana Turia
Maori Party Co-Leader | MP for Te Tai Hauauru

The Maori Party Pays Respects To Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes

1 February 2013

The Maori Party sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the extended family of Sir Paul Holmes who passed away this morning at his home in the Hawkes Bay.

“I think the legacy he will leave behind in broadcasting was his ability to interview in great depth leaving the audience with a greater understanding of the issues at hand,” said Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia.

“Sir Paul could come out with the most outrageous statements and there were many times when we disagreed over certain issues. But that is one of his most admirable qualities, that he had the courage to say what he thought, but also had the respect to hear and accept the other side of the argument.

“I have been extremely moved by many of his recent statements. This was a man who looked death in the face, and shared with us his most intimate reflections. He sought our forgiveness, he gave voice to his fears and in doing so he demonstrated a remarkable courage in preparing us all for the passage of life and death. I truly believe the way in which he died must also be part of his legacy to the nation.

“Our aroha goes out to his wife, Lady Deborah and to his children with whom he was obviously so devoted,” said Mrs Turia.

Na reira, e te reo paoho, e te kaimiri whakaaro, e te puaki o te mahuki, takoto mai ra i to moenga roa.


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