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22-26 November, 2021

Brought to you with the support of MartinJenkins


Covering the hot topics that matter 

Following on from the highly successful online congress in 2020 EDNZ will host a virtual Congress again in 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 22nd November.   Featuring three speakers and a panel session on each of the five days between the 22nd and 26th November, the focus will be on:

Day 1- Climate Change

Day 2 - Skills shortages and Immigration

Day 3 - Technological Shifts

Day 4 - Changing demographics

Day 5 - Supply Chains and Export Logistics

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 work schedules allow.  All presentations will be recorded so should you miss anything a recorded copy will be available to you.


Registration fees 

EDNZ Members: Individual $125
     Organisations with 10 or less staff: $750

Organisations with 11 or more staff $1000

If you wish to take up either of the organisational options above please email

Non EDNZ Members: Individuals $200

Organisations of all sizes - $2000

If you wish to take up either of the organisational options above please email

(All values are GST exclusive) 


Please note that registrations will close on 19 November, at 5 pm and that no refunds will be issued after the 12 November 2021


Monday 22 - Friday 26th November 2021

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DAY 1 - MONDAY 22 November

Theme: Climate Change - Mitigation and adaptation

9 am - Welcome

9.10 am - Rachel Brown - CEO, Sustainable Business Network

9.40 am - Barbara Nebel - CEO, Thinkstep ANZ

10.10 am - Kelly Forster - Programme Director, He Waka Eke Noa (Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership)

10.40 am - Panel Session

Rachel Brown                        Barbara Nebel                                  Kelly Forster


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DAY 2 - TUESDAY 23 November 

Theme: A hot topic - Skills Shortages and Immigration 

9 am - Welcome

9.10 am - Nick Robinson, Director  Strategy and Investment, Dairy NZ

9.40 am - Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of Productivity Commission - speaking on immigration 

10.10 am - Ruth Isaac, General Manager, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 

10.40 am - Panel Session

     Dr Ganesh Nana                             Ruth Isaac                             Nick Robinson

Technology Class

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 24 November 

Theme : Technological shifts on the horizon

9 am - Welcome

9.10 am - Graeme Muller, Chief Executive, NZ Tech

9.40 am - Sam Huggard, Strategic Researcher, Etu

10.10 am - Mitchell Pham, Chairperson, NZTech & Digital Council for Aotearoa NZ.

10.40 am - Panel Session: Graeme, Sam and MItchell 

Graeme Muller                 Sam Huggard                            Mitchell Pham

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Environmental Scientist

DAY 4 - THURSDAY 25 November 

Theme: Changing demographics - changing times

9 am - Welcome

9.10 am - Kevin Jenkins, Partner MartinJenkins

9.40 am - Donna Purdue, Chief Economist, Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment 

10.20 am - Brad Olsen - Senior Economist - Infometrics

10.40 am - Panel Session: Kevin and Brad 

           Kevin Jenkins                                    Donna Purdue                   Brad Olsen

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DAY 5 - FRIDAY 26 November

Theme: Supply Chains and Export Logistics during a pandemic  

9 am - Welcome

9.10 am - Dr Tava Olsen, Deputy Dean Faculty of Business and Economics - Auckland University 

9.40 am - Mark Singh, CEO/Founder, Kaptura Limited

10.20 am - Simon Craddock, CE of Port Taranaki

10.40 am - Panel Session, Tava, Mark and Simon

12 pm EDNZ Annual General Meeting - Register here ... 

(For members only)

Dr Tava Olsen                            Mark Singh                                    Simon Craddock



Individual membership for EDNZ has 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. 1. 

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

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