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A unique experience of inspirational international and NZ wide speakers, networking and celebration. 

The EDNZ 2021 Conference is future focussed, posing some of the big questions of the day - what will regional and economic development look like post-Covid 19, how do we help shape it, what have we learnt from Covid 19 and how do we embed those learnings in new practices?  What are the most pressing issues of the day and how do we respond?

This event is unique within NZ, being the only Economic development conference designed for economic development professionals, local government representatives and officers, Chambers of Commerce, academics and research, policy makers.   

Don't miss out - register today and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. 

Please note that the Conference is a hybrid event with our international visitors zooming in.  Organisers will advise of any 
changes to the format closer to the event.  

NB: Click on the music icon on the bottom right of the video above to hear the sound.

The event begins with an informal gathering on the evening of the 26th, followed by two days of plenary and breakout sessions and ending early enough to fly home on the Friday afternoon.

The Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the Thursday night in 2021.

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Our sponsors and partners are at the centre of two fun filled days with opportunities for learning, networking, celebrating and demonstrating a committment to the profession of economic development.  Come join us!

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EDNZ Awards

In 2017 EDNZ introduced the inaugural Awards to celebrate both the heroes of our profession and best practice.

The Awards are now a firm favourite within the economic development community, as is the Gala Success Dinner at which the Awards are presented.

If you are aware of an individual or project deserved of recognition please consider nominating.

For more information on the Award categories and how to nominate click on the button below. 

The calibre of speakers at the conference is once again high.  Below are just some of the speakers you will hear from::

Dr Fred Olayele, Chief Economist, New York Economic Development Corporation, USA

Neil McInroy, CEO of Centre for Local Economic Strategies, UK

Carolyn Tremain, CEO of MBIE

David Cunliffe, Co-Founder and Partner, Polis Consulting

Noa Wooloff, CEO Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

Dr Jason Mika, Senior Lecturer, Massey University

Brad Olsen, Director, Infometrics

Charis Tutaki, Youth Employment Coordinator, Auckland Unlimited

Hon Stuart Nash, Minister for Regional/Economic Development

Conference proceedings will once again be in the very safe hands of MC extraordinaire, Patrick McVeigh




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