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Jun 21, 2021

Leading businessman Sir Eion Edgar dies of cancer, aged 76

The Queenstown-based Edgar had made a significant impact on New Zealand, and particularly Otago sport for decades, having been a former trustee of the Halberg Disability Foundation and president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and the former chairman of the New Zealand Winter Games.

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He also played a critical role in the development and funding of Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Edgar Sports Centre in Dunedin – the largest single-building indoor sports arena in the Southern Hemisphere.

Edgar died of pancreatic cancer, which he had been fighting since the end of last year.

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Edgar.

“Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves a tremendous legacy and on behalf of all New Zealanders, I would like to extend my thanks for everything he has done and how this has benefited people and communities.

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