Economic Development NZ last night celebrated the
economic development professionals of NZ through its Annual
Gala Awards Dinner.
The Awards recognise best practice in a number of important endeavours including:
• Collaboration with Iwi, business and
• Inward investment
• Primary Research
• Integrated planning
The Awards also celebrate the role of the
individual practitioner through a Distinguished Service
Award and an Honorary Life Membership Award.
The Awards were presented by Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-secretary for Regional Development during a glittering gala awards dinner.
Details of the winners for each category can be found below.
Best Practice – Collaboration with iwi, business and community
The winning nomination for Best Practice in Collaboration was: Smart Waikato for its Secondary Schools Employment Partnership
A commendation for best practice collaboration goes to the Matariki Strategy Governance Group for Project 1000.
Best Practice – Integrated Strategic Planning
ATEED for its Tripartite Business Programme
Best Practice Award for Inward investment
Winner is: Northland Inc for the Hawaiki Submarine Cable System
Commendation for inward investment
And the winner is Enterprise Great Lake Taupo for its shed to stock exchange initiative.
Best Practice for Sustainable Development
And the winner is Northland Inc for the Extension 350 project.
Best practice award for Innovation
The winner is: ATEED for DIGMYIDEA
Commendation for Best Practice Innovation
And the winner is the Central Economic Development Agency for NZ AgriFood Week.
Best practice award for primary research
And the winner of the BP award for primary research is: Enterprise North Canterbury for its Community Connector Project.
The final best practice award is the premier award and is conferred on one of the finalists acknowledged above.
The winner of the 2018 EDNZ Premier Award was ATEED for the Tripartite Business Programme.
Distinguished Service Award
The Award is EDANZ’s premier individual award and recognises the contribution of individuals to:
• the image and practice of economic
• 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
And the winner of the DSA is:
Dr David Wilson, Chair of EDNZ, CEO of Northland Inc
Honorary Life Membership of EDNZ
The panel has the opportunity to recognise
the long and dedicated service of a practitioner who is
The winner has rendered conspicuous service to the profession. Which includes involvement with EDNZ and its forerunner, contributions to economic development education, promotion of the profession to the wider community, representation of the profession in Government, non-Government, and community bodies or forums and the list goes on.
In recognition of that service the recipient has been granted Honorary Membership of EDNZ.
It is fitting that the first Honorary Member of EDNZ is: Stuart Trundle, CEO of Venture Taranaki.