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POWHIRI AND WELCOME – 30th October – 6.30 for 7.00 pm

First up: The event kicks off on the evening of the 30th October with a powhiri and welcome reception at the beautiful Wither Hills Estate Winery, just minutes from the Blenheim CBD. (Coaches will be available for the short journey)

31st OCTOBER – PLENARY AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Marlborough Convention Centre

8.30 am – Welcome by Chair of EDNZ, Pam Ford

8.40 am- Conference Opening – Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development

9.00 am – Minister of Economic Development – Hon Phil Twyford

9.20 – 10.00 am – Miriana Stephens – Wakatu Incorporation

10.00 am – Morning tea

10.30 am – Delivering inclusive growth – learnings from the US – Todd Greene, Executive Director of the Atlanta Centre Consortium

11.00 am Collaborative governance: theory and practice of uniting business, government and the community sector to deliver inclusive growth – Professor Will Rifkin, Hunter Research Institute – Australia

11.30 am Economic Gardening or inward investment? – Ed Cox – Royal Society for the Arts, United Kingdom

12 – 1 pm – Lunch

1.00 – 2.00 pm – A facilitated conversation with the Rt Hon Helen Clark

2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Hacking Maori and Regional Growth – Teresa Pollard, Datacom

2.30 pm Adopting innovation in a new customised service delivery model for Pacific Businesses – Meeting the complex needs – Pelenato Sakalia, CEO, Pacific Business Trust

3.00 – 3.30 pm – Afternoon tea

3.30 pm – The Funding and Financing of Local Government – Murray Sherwin, Chair, NZ Productivity Commission

4.00 pm – Meeting the future challenges in regional economic development – Are we really prepared for 2030 and beyond. HenleyHutchings shares concepts for the future from a collaborative project with industry leaders. John Hutchings

The evening of the 31st there will be a networking event co-hosted by Marlborough District Council and NZ Trade and Enterprise . More details to follow.

1st November 2019

8.00 am AGM for EDNZ members only

9.00 am – Practical examples of how a focus on
collaboration, innovation and capability lift enables future-fit and digital-ready regional businesses and workforces – Kerry Top – Datacom, Global

9.30 am – Powering up the Regions:
Improving the mechanisms for delivering world class regional economic development” –
Dr David Wilson

10.15 a.m – Morning tea

10.45 am – T2050 Roadmap, Venture Taranaki – CE0 Justine Gilliland

11.15 – 11.45 am Smart + Connected – the Marlborough Story – Adi James and Vance Kerslake

11.45 am to 12.15 – An innovative way to make your region workforce ready – the RED Toolbox – John Sheridan, Digital Business Insights – Queensland, Australia

12.15 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch

1.00 – 1.30 pm – Inclusive Growth for Maori – Dr Jason Mika – Plenary

1.30 – 2.00 pm – Inclusive growth requires new business model – Dr Ganesh Nana

2.00 – 2.30 pm – The Nelson story – Hannah Norton, Destination Identity Manager – Nelson Regional Development Agency

2.00 – 2.30 pm – The well-being framework – Brad Olsen – Infometrics

2.00 – 2.30 pm Participatory budgeting – what might it mean for RDAs and local government in NZ? – Peter McKinlay, Local
Government Think Tank

2.30 – 3.00 pm – Shared Prosperity for South and West Auckland – Alex Hawea, The Southern Initiative

2.30 – 3.00 pm – The Be. Lab, unlocking the possibilities of our 21st century access economy – Minnie Baragwanath – CEO of Be Accessible

2.30 – 3.00 pm – Measurement beyond GDP – Girol Karacaoglu and Mubashir Mukhtar
– School of Government, University of Wellington , NZ

3.00 pm – Afternoon tea

3.30 pm – Climate change and implications for regional economic development- Nick Davis, MartinJenkins

4.45 pm – Wrap up by Chair of EDNZ, Pam Ford – followed by Gala Awards Dinner at 6.30 pm


The grand finale of the conference will be the EDNZ Gala Awards Dinner. Held on the evening of the 1 November at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, diners will enjoy a locally themed menu amidst a dramatic backdrop of working spitfires, classic cars and other military memorabilia. Buses will be available to transport you the short journey to the venue. Coaches will be available for the short journey. To learn more about the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre click here .

Things to do after the Conference

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Taste Marlborough Tour

Marlborough Icons Tour

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