The 2019 conference will be focussed on inclusive growth within Aotearoa – making it happen.

Inclusive growth is economic growth that is distributed fairly across society and creates opportunities for all . (OECD)

How do we confront the rising inequality within NZ and its adverse impact on economic growth? Especially so in a time when the fourth industrial revolution (based on emerging technologies) is threatening many of our traditional jobs and has the potential to significantly exacerbate the divide between haves and have nots.

There is no bigger policy challenge preoccupying leaders around the world than expanding social participation in the process and benefits of economic growth and integration. For more information on the inclusive growth framework click here …

Join us to hear from experts within and beyond New Zealand on how we can confront inequality within NZ. Topics will cover:

How anchor institutions are the jewels in the regional crown.


Beyond GDP – what counts for economic and social performance?


Preparing for the future – Driven by accelerating connectivity, new talent models and cognitive tools, work is changing. As robotics, AI, the gig economy and crowdsourcing grows, jobs are being reinvented, creating the “augmented workforce.” We must reconsider how work and jobs are designed to prepare for future growth. what professions are disappearing as technology impacts and what are the best value strategies for mitigating the effects of dislocation.

The increasing divide and the disappearing middle – class

How we can use new infrastructure within the region to generate further growth.

Learn more about the role that social enterprise can play in your region.

Hear about the new wellbeing indicators and how they can change the way you measure.

And of course, there is always the networking and exhibitions if you need a mental break.

The Venues

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This year’s gala awards dinner will be held at the world-class destination, The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, on the evening of the 1st November. The Centre, is a destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft and other military memorabilia. Not just for enthusiasts, the centre tells the story of aviation during two World Wars, the time in which the most intense period of aviation development took place.

Wander amidst the impressive displays of aircraft, cars and memorabilia, view the ‘must see’ Dangerous Skies exhibition and enjoy a night under a sky filled with pristine original planes. Trace the history from canvas and wood to the relative high tech displayed in the classics such as the spitfire and hurricane. This is an evocative venue with a wow factor!

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, a first class experience

Wither Hills Estate

The Wither Hills Estate will host the powhiri and welcome reception on the evening of the 30 October, 2019. Allow the charm and hospitality of this beautiful vineyard to embrace you and set the scene for a conference to remember.

Marlborough Convention Centre

The conference plenary and break out sessions that will be held on the 31st October and 1 November will be hosted by the Marlborough Convention Centre. Conveniently located in the middle of Blenheim township, the facility is modern, spacious and supported by an experienced and focussed events team.

You will be able to register for the conference in March, for now, save the dates to be sure, to be sure.