2018 Conference

Themed, ‘Building inclusive growth in Aotearoa’- 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.  More information on the sponsorship packages available can be found here …


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 abstracts has been made, more information on how to submit an abstract and the themes of the conference can be found here …


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.  Be sure to use the following booking code to access the discounted accommodation rate.

Must be entered in GROUP CODE (not promo code)

Code is EDNZ18

Stay dates: 17/10/18 – 20/10/18 **delegates wishing to stay additional nights before or after the conference can book online but they must call the Copthorne to extend the stay 09 402 7411

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.



You can secure your spot at the conference by pre – registering your interest in attending the Conference below.  Formal registrations will be called for in March.