Broadcaster Paul Holmes has been released from hospital after a health scare.
The 61-year-old was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital last week after falling ill at his home at Poukawa, near Hastings.
However, Holmes was back to his irreverent best when contacted by the media on Saturday. Answering the phone with a glass in hand, he said he was enjoying a pleasant convalescence at the multi-million dollar rural property he shares with wife Deborah.
The health scare prevented Holmes from presenting his Newstalk ZB radio show on Saturday morning, and he was replaced by Wendyl Nissen. Radio Network general manager of talk programming Dallas Gurney said Holmes would be returning to his 9am to 12pm slot this week.
Friends rallied around to voice their support for the veteran broadcaster.
Sports personality Martin Devlin was shocked to hear his mentor had been in hospital and wished him well.
Sir Peter "The Mad Butcher" Leitch said he was sure his good friend would overcome any health issues.
Holmes is a survivor. He was a passenger in a helicopter crash that killed a cameraman in 1989. Then in 2004, the qualified pilot survived two crash landings at Turangi and in Hastings. His greatest survival story came in 1999 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. APNZ