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.


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

9.30 am “Delivering inclusive growth in the changing world of work” Professor Roy Green (Australia)

10.15 am – Morning tea

10.45 am “Economic Gardening” – Ed Cox – Royal Society for the Arts, United Kingdom

11.15 am Panel session: Professor Roy Green, Ed Cox, Associate Professor Ida Kubiszewski

12 am – 1 pm – Lunch

1.00 pm “Measurement beyond GDP” – Girol Karacaoglu and Mubashir Mukhtar
– School of Government, University of Wellington , NZ

1.30 pm “What are the factors that contribute to wellbeing?” Associate Professor Ida Kubiszewski –
Australian National University

2.15 TBA

3 – 3.30 pm – Afternoon tea

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

4 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. Geoff Henley

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

1st November 2019

9 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 – TBA

10.15 Morning tea

10.45 – TBA

11. 15 Powering up the Regions:
Improving the mechanisms for delivering world class regional economic development” –
Dr David Wilson

12 pm – 1 pm Lunch

1.00 pm – to be advised

1.00 pm – T2050 Roadmap, Venture Taranaki – CE0 Justine Gilliland

1 pm –
“The well-being framework
Brad Olsen – Infometrics

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

145 pm Localism and what
it means
for RDAs’ –
Mayor Dave Cull,
President of Local

1.45 pm – Inclusive Growth Aspirations of NZ – Philipa Duthie – CEO of the Royal Society for the Arts Australia, New Zealand

2.30 – 3.00 pm – Afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45 pm Interactive workshop with Martin Jenkins

3.45 pm – Wrap up by Chair of EDNZ, Pam Ford


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 .

Post EDNZ conference MTB riding opportunity

Peter Harris, ED manager from Queenstown, is planning to either ride the Queen Charlotte Sound track or explore Nelson tracks over the weekend of November 2/3 and would be keen to join forces with any others interested.  More info here h and here

Please contact Peter before the end of May on or 027 230 9971 if you are interested.

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