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Hundreds expected at Sir Paul Holmes' funeral

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New Zealand News | Friday February 8 2013 6:59

Hundreds expected at Sir Paul Holmes' funeral

The organisers of Sir Paul Holmes' funeral say they've taken into account the love and adoration the country has for the broadcaster.

More than a thousand mourners are expected to pay tribute at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral this afternoon.

With five big screens inside and outside the cathedral, best efforts have been made to make sure people will be able to see and hear the service.

The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore says as Sir Paul touched the hearts of so many, they've had to balance the public's desire to say goodbye, with the family's grief.

"And also we recognise our nation is grieving - somebody who has been in all our homes, and part of all our families in that way.

"So, I think we've worked well together in achieving that."

Jo Kelly-Moore says this funeral, like any other is about loved ones saying goodbye.

"Priority of course is to work with Sir Paul's family, and to care for them in this journey, and that's the heart of our preparation."

EXTRA: Newstalk ZB will be broadcasting the service live from 1pm. Click here for more details

MORE: John Key unable to attend Sir Paul's funeral

Photo: Paul Holmes (Newstalk ZB)

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