2018 Conference

The Economic Development NZ 2018 Conference will be held on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort, located on the waterfront in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

The conference will include

  • high calibre international and domestic speakers,
  • the MBIE Gala Awards Dinner,
  • an Economic Development NZ Annual General Meeting for members
  • a welcome reception
  • breakout sessions that showcase good practice throughout NZ
  • an interactive workshop on topical issues
  • the opportunity to connect with delegates and speakers through the conference calendar

Economic Development NZ will be contacting our 2017 conference sponsors in the near future to ensure that they have the first opportunity to select an appropriate sponsorship package.  For now, if you or your organisation is interested in becoming a sponsor please contact our Executive Officer, Susan Houston on 027 440 6180 or info@economicdevelopment.org.nz.  We are confident that we can build a sponsorship package that adds value to your strategic goals.


There will be an exhibition space available to companies to display and promote their services/product.  If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor please contact our Executive Officer on 027 440 6180 to discuss your needs and costs.


A call for papers to the conference, along with the theme of the conference and the details of the many breakout streams will be made in March 2018.


Book now to enjoy the wonderful facilities of the Copthorne Resort and some of the best views to be had in the beautiful Bay of Islands.  For those of you able to stay the ensuing Saturday/Sunday you may like to follow this link and discover what magical things there are to see and do in the surrounding area.

An early bird rate is now available for the 2018 Conference.  You can structure your activities at the conference by selecting from the following menu. Please  note that all costs are GST exclusive.

Welcome Reception – $60

MBIE Gala Awards –   $130

One Day Registration – $450

Two Day Registration – $900 (Please note this cost includes one year’s individual membership of Economic Development NZ)

Exclusive private dinner with International speakers and Board on the Friday evening  – $250  (Please note that this will be off – site and the numbers are limited to 25)

When you have made your decision then please follow this link to book.