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

7 am 

Breakfast Q+A Conversation - The New Zealand Opportunity

How does regional NZ leverage its fundamental competitive advantages and opportunities to drive economic growth as our bubbles and borders start to open?

Join Dylan Lawrence, General Manager Investment at NZTE for a panel discussion with Minister Stuart Nash, and investors who have established operations in regional New Zealand.

You will chance to ask questions of all the panellists, so skip the breakfast at your hotel and join us for a coffee, bite to eat and punchy conversation on our regional opportunities.

Hon Stuart Nash is the Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Small Business, Forestry and Tourism.

Dylan Lawrence is the General Manager of NZTE andresponsible for leadership of all investment promotion and attraction activities on behalf of the New Zealand Government. Dylan is a leader experienced in capital markets, venture capital, investment, and international trade.

Tony Wise is the General Manager, Gelita ANZ who have been producing edible gelatine in Christchurch since 1913. Following a fire in 2018, the bulk food grade gelatine line has been decommissioned and the business now focuses on specialty collagen and gelatine products. The vision for the New Zealand business is to specialise on special species collagen peptide and gelatine products from local and imported skins and bones.

Jimmy Chand is the General Manager of CVNZ is a genetic operation and is responsible for 10% of the global meat chicken supply. CVNZ operates in Rangiriri Waikato and employs 120 local staff. CVNZ is a branch of Cobb which is 1 of only 2 poultry meat genetic supplier. The site has cost in excess of $90 million NZD and pre Covid was destined to turnover in excess of $45 million NZD per annum. The site was opened in early 2019 and employs over 100 people.



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 - sponsored by Far North Holdings Ltd.

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 

12.15 pm    LUNCH - Day 1 - Sponsored by Central Economic Development Agency

                   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 and the role of Kāinga Ora in
                  partnering with communities to respond"

3.45 pm     Breakout Room 1 - International Perspective: Industry Transformation Plans & Regional Transformation
                  Doing - Ifor Ffowcs Williams - CEO Cluster Development 


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

4.15  pm     Plenary Room  - Neil Holdom, Mayor of New Plymouth District Council  - A Just Transition 

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 HenleyHutchings Partner
                   John Hutchings

9 am           Welcome 

9.05 am      Plenary Room - Covid 19 and its impact on Councils  - CEO of LGNZ, Susan Freeman-Greene

9.45 am      Plenary Room - MartinJenkins et al. "Navigating the machinery of government – A session that focuses
                   on your experience engaging with central and local government and opportunities to better navigate
                   the system in the future."   Please note this session has a pre-conference survey that we would like you to
                   fill out.   You can complete the short survey via this link ...

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

10.15 am    MORNING TEA

10.45 am    Plenary Room - Keynote speaker: Dr Fred Olayele - Chief Economist, New York City Economic Development
                   Corporation "Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery in New York: Lessons and Opportunities".

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

12.00 pm    LUNCH

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

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

2.00 pm      Plenary Room  - Ganesh Nana, Chair of NZ Productivity Commission  - Innovation and Frontier Firms Inquiry 


2.45 pm      Breakout Room 1 -  Alistair Schorn, Senior Economist, Infometrics -  The contribution of exports to economic development in New Zealand’s regions – risks and opportunities. Exports, particularly of primary and food products, will continue to underpin New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19 in 2021 and beyond. The export commodities that regions produce contribute directly to employment, earnings, spending and investment across their economies.

2.45 pm      Plenary Room - NZTE and business support 

3.15 pm      Conference wrap up

                  End of Day two 

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