Due to Covid 19 EDNZ has taken the decision to defer its annual Conference until the first half of 2021. 


In recognising the need for people to 'congregate' and share their Covid 19 experiences, EDNZ will host a national online congress throughout the week of the 7th September, 2020.  The zoom event will focus on Covid -19 , its economic impact, our response and our respective journeys to a revitalised economy.  

If you hail from any of the following communities you will find something to interest you during this event:  economic development professionals, councillors and council officers, Chambers and central government representatives and officers, community not for profits.

The programme has been structured to allow delegates to check in and out of the congress as their work schedules allow.  To register or learn more about the programme and speakers scroll below. 

The EDNZ Congress is proudly brought to you by our premier sponsor, MartinJenkins.

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Please note that registrations will close tomorrow, the 4 September, at 5 pm


Monday 7 - Friday 11th September 2020

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Theme: the economic impact of COVID - 19

10 am - Welcome from Chair of EDNZ - Pam Ford 

10.15 am What a post Covid 19 world will look like for NZ - Shamubeel Eaqub

10.45 am - The diverse impact in our regions - Brad Olsen

11.15 am - Measuring the impact of COVID 19 - Benje Patterson


1.30 pm A history of economic shocks - Dr Ganesh Nana

2.15 "A longitudinal study on the impact of small business on regional growth"  Tony Henderson - Newport - PopUp Business School, Aotearoa


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Theme: how ready were we?

10 am - Initiatives from the regions - The Taranaki Story - Justine Gilliland

10.30 am - Responses from the maelstrom - the Queenstown story - Peter Harris 

11 am - How ready were we for Covid 19 - Professor Shaun Hendy


1.30  pm - Initiatives from our cities - Pam Ford 

2 pm - Covid 19 -Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - Jayne Russell, General Manager, MSD

3 pm - National spokesperson for ED, Hon Todd McClay

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Theme : What does recovery look like across NZ?

10 am - Linda Stewart CEO of CEDA - The marvellous Manawatū - our Conference destination for 2021

10.03 am - Minister for Economic Development - Hon Phil Twyford - where to from here?

10.30 am - Planning your recovery - using the EDNZ Guide - Harvey Brookes 

11 am - Clusters as a recovery mechanism - Ifor Ffowcs - Williams 


1.00 pm - Economic Gardening - Grow your own - Joseph Stuart 

1.30 pm - Skills Supply & Demand - Rob Heyes, Infometrics

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Theme: Central and Local Government's response to Covid 19

10 am - Evidence and Insights - the real time data challenge - Ben Wallace - Principal Analyst, MBIE 

10.30 am - The challenges in responding to Covid 19 - Jason Krupp, Deputy CE, LGNZ

11.00 am - Central government responses to Covid 19 - CEO of MBIE, Carolyn Tremain  - Session sponsored by Venture Taranaki


1.30 pm - The tourism story - David Perks, Chair of RTNZ

2.00 pm - Impact, challenges and opportunities - NZTE - Lisa Thompson

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Theme: Voices from the regions - how has Covid 19 changed your region?

10 am - 11 am - Supporting Māori economic success post-COVID-19 - A panel discussion facilitated by Dr Jason Mika. Panellists include Richard T Jones, CEO of Poutama, Pania Tyson-Nathan, CEO NZ Maori Tourism, Kylie Ruwhiu- Karawana - Consultant with TRC Tourism 

11.15 am - The Te Waka Story - Michelle Hollands and Ashleigh Turner, Te Waka

2 pm - Minister for Regional Economic Development, Hon Shane Jones - session is sponsored by Te Waka 

2.45pm - Taupō, He Tupu Ururua – Applying the four wellbeings and a community-led approach to economic recovery - Kylie Hawker - Green, CEO Enterprise Great Lake Taupō

3.15 pm - Wrap up by Pam Ford Chair of EDNZ 


Individual membership for EDNZ has just become even more appealing and affordable.  Due to Covid - 19 a 12 month discount of $160 has been applied to the individual membership fee. If you are considering enrolling for the above event, or indeed any event offered by EDNZ consider becoming a member of EDNZ for just $220 and take advantage of the significant discount on fees for all events.  That includes a discount on the 2021 Conference which will be held in Palmerston North in the first half of 2021. 

Click the button below to learn more of the benefits on offer to individual members and to register as a member.