The 2021 EDNZ Conference 

To see images, Award winners, powerpoint presentations and videos from the 2021 Conference in Palmerston North click below.

Our Services

EDNZ is committed to an inclusive and prosperous New Zealand.  We contribute to that vision by building capability, collaboration and thought leadership across the economic development network.

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See the Conference Movie 

For those who couldn't join us at the Conference

EDNZ anticipated that many of our practitioners would not be able to attend the recent EDNZ Conference due to work committments so elected to film the event.

If you wish to purchase the Conference filming you can do so by contacting  The cost for a recording of all plenary speakers is $95.99.

Speakers include:

Chris Roberts, Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Carolyn Tremain, CEO MBIE

Neil McInroy, CEO Centre for local Economic Strategies

Dr Fred Olayele, Chief Economist, New York Economic Development Agency

David Cunliffe, Founder and Director, Polis Consulting

Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of NZ Productivity Commission

Hon Stuart Nash, Minister for Economic Development
Jayne Russell, Ministry of Social Development

Susan Freeman-Greene, CEO of Local Government NZ

Dr David Wilson, Director Cities and Regions NZ

Noa Woolloff, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

Tania Pouwhare, The Southern Iniative 

Justine Gilliland, CEO Venture Taranaki

Mark Rawson, Regional Director, Kāinga Ora 

Rachel Adams, We are Manaaki

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EDNZ offers a range of ED online courses that can you can choose to either graze as and when you choose or build into a qualification.  Invest in your future and enrol today.


EDNZ has developed a resource centre that includes the latest resources to assist you in your battle with the impacts of COVID 19.

Analysing Data


The 2021 Conference has now concluded.


EDNZ celebrates the work of practitioners through the conferral of best practice awards.   Categories of Best practice include:

Inclusive Development


Response and recovery planning

Primary research and analysis

Fellow of EDNZ

A distinguished service award



EDNZ works collaboratively with a number of central government agencies to represent the ED network on issues of the day. This has led to a number of successes for both central government and the network.


Keeping  you in the loop
We do the research so you don't have to.  Read the latest news on economic development within and beyond NZ.  You can also delve into our premier publication, the Mahi Tahi Journal.

Politician News Interview
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EDNZ hosts a jobs board for those working in or wishing to work in the economic development space.  Find your next role here ...



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