Inaugural Awards


At its recent Board meeting, members resolved to host the inaugural EDANZ Awards as part of the 2017 Annual Conference to be held on the 31st August/1 September.  The Awards will celebrate and promote best practice across New Zealand whilst providing for recognition of individuals and organisations.  The winning nominations will be promoted in both national and regional media.

Nominations are open to individuals and organisations.  Those nominations can nominate others or be a 'self' nomination.  The Awards will celebrate best practice throughout New Zealand across the following economic development activities by either individuals or organisations:

  • Integrated, strategic planning
  • Promotion of Innovation
  • Collaboration with Business, Iwi, Community
  • Inward investment attraction
  • Sustainable Development

There will also be a distinguished service Award which recognises the contribution of individuals to:

  • the image and practice of economic development
  • research that has advanced the theory or practice of economic development in NZ
  • the advance of EDANZ national or international recognition of the economic development profession within NZ

The Awards will be presented at the gala dinner in the context of the 2017 Conference.  Details of how to nominate for an award, albeit for an individual, project or organisation can be accessed here.  

For now can we encourage you to nominate and help EDANZ celebrate the work of economic development practitioners throughout New Zealand.  Please note that the deadline for Award Nominations is the 23rd July, 2017.