Gala Success Dinner

7 pm 27th May

Celebrating good practice 

Our community is typically too busy achieving to take time out to celebrate success.  The Gala Success Dinner is the one exception. 

If you know of a project, initiative, individual that deserves recognition, read on. 

Waiter with Champagne Pyramid

Individual Awards


The Awards are primarily focussed on organisational achievements - the Best Practice Award Categories below are exemplars of that.

However there are two categories that are focussed upon the individual, they are the Distinguished Service Award and the Honorary Life Membership Award. 


The DSA is EDNZ's premier individual award and recognises the contribution of individuals to:

  • the image and practice of ED

  • research that has advanced the theory or practice of economic development in NZ

  • the advance of EDNZ 

  • the national or international recognition of the ED profession within NZ 


Honorary Life Membership Award


The panel has the opportunity to recognise the long and dedicated service of a practitioner who is retiring.

The winner will have rendered conspicuous service to the profession. Which includes involvement with EDNZ and its forerunner, contributions to economic development education, promotion of the profession to the wider community, representation of the profession in Government, non-Government, and community bodies or forums and the list goes on.

The deadline for both Award nominations is the 18th April.


Best Practice



Best Practice Awards

EDNZ recognises seven categories of endeavour through the best practice awards.  They are: 

  1. Collaboration with iwi, business and community - Sponsored by Central Economic Development Agency

  2. Inclusive development

  3. Primary Research

  4. Business Support Recovery Initiatives

  5. Integrated planning

  6. Inward investment

  7. Innovation

The winners of each of the above categories are contenders for the Premier Best Practice Award. The Premier Award is sponsored by MartinJenkins.


To Nominate

To nominate for the EDNZ 2021 Annual Best Practice Awards please complete and submit the form linked below. The deadline for nominations is the 18th April.

What you will need to submit:

An overview of the initiative (no more than 2 pages

Details of the initiative (no  more than 3 pages)

One page in which you outline why the initiative is worthy of an award

4 High Res images of initiative

If successful, a 2 minute video of the initative.

Please note that initiatives have to have been completed in the past 12 months.