26 May 2021

Welcome Reception

7 pm - 8.30 pm - Distinction Coachman Hotel - Palmerston North 

Registration: There will be a Conference registration desk open at the Hotel to save you the early morning start on the first day of the conference.

27th May 2021

8 am           Registration open at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre

9 am           Powhiri and Welcome 

9.30 am      Hon Stuart Nash - Minister for Tourism, Economic and Regional Development and Small Business 

10.15 am    MORNING TEA 

10.45 am    Neil McInroy - CEO of Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Scotland - "The future of local and regional
                  growth post Covid 19"

11.45 am    The Impact of Covid 19  on Maori - Speaker to be confirmed

12.15 pm    LUNCH

                   BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1.15 pm      Plenary Room 1 - Impact and responses to Covid 19 across Otago - Facilitated by Gerard Quinn

2.00 pm      Plenary Room 1 - David Cunliffe - "The PGF - Opportunities, Constraints and Outlook"

2.45 pm      Plenary Room - Dr David Wilson - "Place Based Recovery"

1.15 pm      Breakout Room 1 - Jayne Russell, MSD - "Support programmes post Covid 19"

2.00 pm      Breakout Room 1 - Dr Jason Mika - "Covid 19 and the Maori Economy"

2.45 pm      Breakout Room 1 - Brad Olsen, Infometrics - "The evidence'

3.15 pm      AFTERNOON TEA 


3.45 pm     Plenary Room - Kainga Ora - "Understanding the housing challenge, the Government's thinking
                  and the role of Kainga Ora in implementing the plan"


4.15  pm     Plenary Room 1 - Charis Tutaki, Auckland Unlimited, Johny ODonnell, Creative Strategist and
                   Facilitator Nelson -  'The Youth Perspective" - facilitated by Nigel Davenport

3.45 pm     Breakout Room  1 - Linda Stewart, CEO of CEDA - ‘What’s your sustainable (and defendable) competitive
                  advantage?  The strategic positioning of Manawatū.’

4.15  pm     Plenary Room  - TBC

End of Day one presentations

27th May - Gala Awards Dinner 

The Gala Awards Dinner will commence at 7 pm at the Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North and will include the celebration of excellence within our profession via the National EDNZ Best Practice Awards.   

More information on the Awards and how to submit an application can be found here ...  Please note that the Awards Committee has added an additional Awards category for 2021 - Best Practice Business Support Recovery Initiatives

28th May 2021

8 am           Registration open at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre

8 am           Plenary Room - A one hour workshop to capture issues de jour - Facilitated by EDNZ Board Member, John                       Hutchings

9 am           Welcome 

9.15 am      Covid 19 and its impact on Councils  - Speaker to be confirmed 

9.45 am      Plenary Room - NRDA - "Nelson Project Kokiri"

9.45 am      Breakout Room 1 - Justine Gilliland, CEO of Venture Taranaki - the Taranaki story

10.15 am    MORNING TEA

10.45 am    Keynote speaker: Dr Fred Olayele - the New York experience and response to Covid 19

11.30 am    Plenary Room  - Carolyn Tremain, CEO of MBIE -'The future of place based economic development

12.15 pm    LUNCH

                   BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1.15 pm      Plenary Room  - The impact of Covid - Noa Wooloff, Taskforce Coordinator, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

2.00 pm      Plenary Room  - Tourism post Covid 19 - Chris Roberts, CEO,  Tourism Industry Aotearoa

2.00 pm      Breakout Room 1 - To be confirmed 

2.45 pm      Plenary Room  - Productivity Commission  - Innovation and Frontier Firms Inquiry 

2.45 pm      Breakout Room 1 - NZTE and business support 

3.15 pm      Conference wrap up

                  End of Day two 

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