Paul Holmes

When I heard my friend Paul Holmes had died, I needed to write. This is what came out

Timing. It was part of the Paul Holmes genius. There were tougher questioners, better researchers, more authoritative interviews. But no-one understood the ebb and flow, the rhythm and pace, the pure performance part of an interview like Paul.

The misuse of Don McKinnon, the road rage of Tau Henare and how the Rugby World Cup train debacle is just a foretaste of things to come for Auckland

The launch of Paul Holmes' book Daughters of Erebus in Parnell last Monday night was, like all of Paul's social events, a great night. I don't know about the wisdom of opening old wounds, but it was a rare opportunity to mix with the maestro's wide and eclectic circle of friends.

After a Fiji holiday, the MPs' spending scandal looks incredibly tame; plus university reminiscences

 

Last month I spent a blissful week at a remote resort in Fiji with my oldest friends. (More of that later.) 

Fiji is a poor country with a military dictatorship for a government, a collapsed property development sector, and just recovering from a devastating hurricane.

How Gerry Brownlee's mining blunder has put Nikki Kaye on the endangered species list and blown a hole in National's blue-green image; and notes from the year's best A-list party

Paul Holmes’ sixtieth birthday bash was the best party I’ve been at in years, but regrettably I can’t add any juicy detail to the reported contretemps involving Simon Dallow, Wendyl Nissen and Gilda Kirkpatrick.

David Bain trial begins; gang members carry concealed weapons; Ngai Tahu charging eelers; ACC entitlements to be cut; new political programme; and more

The retrial of David Bain begins in Christchurch today, 14 years after he was first convicted of murdering his parents and three siblings in Dunedin. The Press recalls that Bain, now 36, spent 12 years in prison before the Privy Council ordered in 2007 that he be retried.