People + Places - Forging futures

The EDNZ 2022 Annual Conference will be held in beautiful Ōtautahi, Christchurch - 12th - 14th October, 2022, hosted by Christchurch NZ and supported by our major sponsor, MartinJenkins. 


The event theme reflects the importance of people and place in forging economic wellbeing with particular emphasis placed on the issues of infrastructure, the growing skills gap, the importance of our regions and addressing the competitiveness challenge in a post-Covid world.


Why attend?

  • Expert local and visiting speakers

  • Economic outlook and forecast

  • Unique information presented

  • The only economic development conference in NZ designed by and for ED professionals

  • All sectors represented — government, business, iwi and third sector 

Come join us and connect with hundreds of economic development professionals, local and regional government representatives, thought leaders and industry players.  Take the opportunity to turn disruption into a new way of practicing economic development. To explore the event schedule, speakers and opportunities to sponsor please scroll below.

We look forward to seeing you there! 


The Conference details

About Christchurch 

Getting there


Air New Zealand operate non-stop flights to Christchurch from all New Zealand's major cities. We fly throughout the week from Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown. Direct flights to Christchurch are possible from most airports in the South Island.

You can fly to Christchurch from most airports in New Zealand. If you're flying from a smaller regional airport in the North Island, your flight may take you to Christchurch via the nearest main airport, such as Auckland or Wellington. Most airports in the South Island will fly directly to Christchurch.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Staying in Christchurch

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Rydges Hotel Latimer, Christchurch

Experience Rydges Latimer Christchurch – a down-to-earth hotel accommodation where natural beauty and unmatched luxury set the scene for your renewal in the Garden City. 

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Chateau on the Park

We're across the street from Hagley Park, home to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum. The city center is three kilometers away and we’re within 10 minutes of Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre. We have a free scheduled local shuttle, an outdoor pool. Enjoy a warm DoubleTree cookie on arrival.


Novotel Christchurch Cathedral 

Airy rooms in an unpretentious hotel with an elegant restaurant & a polished 24/7 bar.

Moving around the City