Kirsty Wynn

Kirsty Wynn is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

Cathedral for farewell to Holmes

The Auckland church chosen for the farewell to Sir Paul Holmes is likely to be full to overflowing as thousands of friends and family say their last goodbyes to the broadcaster.

The Very Rev Jo Kelly-Moore will lead the Friday ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, which is one of the largest in New Zealand.

"Sir Paul was a leading and respected New Zealander so communities will gather from near and far to farewell him - we are expecting a full house," Dean Kelly-Moore said.

"We have room for 1100 inside and can put in extra seating but we also have the wonderful forecourt which is also a place of gathering. The doors can be swung wide and people can hear what is going on."

The Anglican Cathedral had seen the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Paul Reeves, John Haig QC and more recently Sir Wilson Whineray take their final journey through its doors.

The four-hour funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary was broadcast live, as was that of Sir Paul Reeves, but Dean Kelly-Moore said those decisions had not yet been made for Sir Paul Holmes' service.

"Those conversations are still underway and we can accommodate if they are requested."

Dean Kelly-Moore would present the service with the Rev Ann Mellor.

"We are honoured as Sir Paul gathered us around stories, he crafted so many stories. It will be a privilege that we gather here on Friday to honour his story. I am sure that remembering will be at the heart of his farewell."

The veteran television and radio broadcaster died at his home in Hawkes Bay on Friday morning after suffering prostate cancer and heart problems. He was 62.

Sir Paul will remain with his family at home until Tuesday, when they will all travel to Auckland together.

- Herald on Sunday

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