Your inclusive growth journey starts here!


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. (Buses will be available for the short journey)


Having enjoyed the powhiri and welcome reception you will be given a warm welcome at the Marlborough Convention Centre on the morning of the 31st October where you can register at any time from 8 am.


31st Oct
9 amConference opened by Chair of EDNZ and Fletcher Tabuteau,
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development
9.30 Delivering inclusive growth in the changing world of work –
Professor Roy Green, Australia
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00Four ways we can build a more inclusive economy – Anthony Painter,
Royal Society for the Arts, UK
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Measurement beyond GDP – Girol Karacaoglu and Mubashir Mukhtar
– School of Government, University of Wellington , NZ
1.35 A story of delivery from an economic development agency in USA
2.15 Practical examples of how a focus on collaboration, innovation and
capability lift enables future-fit and digital-ready regionial businesses
and workforces – regardless of tech changes! – Kerry Topp – Datacom, Global
3.00Afternoon tea
3.30 Economic Gardening – Ed Cox – Royal Society for the Arts, UK
4.30 Participatory budgeting – what might it mean for RDAs and Local government in NZ? – Peter McKinlay, Local Government Think Tank, NZ

The evening of the 31st you will be free to explore local restaurants or join the Board for drinks and a networking session.

1 Nov
8 am
Annual General Meeting – for EDNZ members only
9 am Localism and what it means for RDAs’ –
Mayor Dave Cull, President of Local
9.30Delivery of Inclusive Growth – lessons learnt
Charlotte Aldritt – Progressive Policy
10.15Morning Tea
10.45The financing and funding of local government –
Productivity Commisson
11.15 The future of regional economic development –
Dr David
12.00 Lunch
1.00 An interactive workshop with
Professor Roy Green

An interactive
An interactive workshop
Dr David Wilson on the
future of
Regional ED in NZ
2.00An interactive workshop with
Kerry Topp, Datacom
An interactive
workshop with
EDA on
lessons learnt
An interactive workshop
Charlotte Aldritt
3.00Afternoon tea
3.30 An interactive workshop with Martin JenkinsAn interactive workshop with Ed Cox
An interactive workshop
Anthony Painter
– Royal Society for the Arts
4.30 Wrap up of conference by Chair of EDNZ


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. To learn more about the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre click here .