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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