We believe that Eagle Ridge personifies all the attributes of this magnificent creature, which has also had physical links to the property since it was first built in 2001. As part of the original landscape design, a large metal eagle statue was assembled as the centerpiece of the front courtyard at the entrance to the Function Centre. The eagle represented the American and Canadian heritage of the initial owners but was removed in 2006. When new owners Nigel and Deborah purchased the estate in 2016, one of their first priorities was to replace the eagle.
Their vision became reality when they secured a stunning 350kg, 1.2m high corten steel replica of the ancient Hokioi (New Zealand eagle), a bird of such stature that the Maori ancestors believed it to be a spiritual messenger that could transcend the physical and spiritual realms. Produced by Glenorchy sculpture artist Dan Kelly, the sculpture features a wingspan of 5.5m and took 4 days to install.
The legend of the Hokioi was that of a powerful bird that rested on the top of mountains; never on the plains. It was considered to be a gigantic bird of prey and described by the Ngāti Apa Maori Chief as red, black and white coloured, tinged with yellow and green and red feathers on top of its head.
The eagle has a presence that sets it apart from the rest of the bird world. The sight of a lone eagle perched at the top of a tree is awe-inspiring. A noble creature cloaked in layers of beautiful plumage commands Mana (prestige/integrity) and respect within the animal kingdom as a chief would by his people. With a slight air of mystery the eagle portrays a sense of royalty and as the lion is king of the jungle, the eagle is ruler of the skies.
In this way, Eagle Ridge has links with the local Maori tribes and the land where it is situated, as well as links to the tribes of North America, where the eagle is deeply entrenched in their culture, is greatly respected and holds a strong spiritual connection. The Eagle is truly a magnificent creature, having the beauty, grace and elegance of a king, acute senses, raw power, agility and speed.
EAGLE RIDGE captures the spirit of this incredible animal to fulfill its mission: to create memorable and successful events that exceed our client’s expectations, nurture relationships and delight the senses – one client, one event, one experience at a time.