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June 2021

In this newsletter we keep you informed about conversations that are happening across the public sector that focus on procurement. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for stories to include in upcoming editions.

In this newsletter:

Te Ara Moana a Toi - Ōpōtiki harbour development

Conceptual image of Ōpōtiki harbour

For mussel farming to be successful and deliver the expected jobs and social benefits, it must be feasible at a large scale. In partnership with local iwi through the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board (WMTB), Ōpōtiki District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, MBIE is supporting the development of a fully functional aquaculture industry at Ōpōtiki.

Read more on Ōpōtiki harbour development


Procurement helping to reduce carbon emissions

Recently, the Department of Conservation (DOC) has done a lot of innovative work in their unique procurement space to reduce their carbon footprint. For DOC, there is a vested interest in cutting carbon emissions.

Read more on reducing carbon emissions


New guide to reducing carbon emissions in construction

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We’ve published new practical guidance to help government agencies, as well as the construction sector, reduce the carbon emissions generated by the construction of new buildings.

Read more about the procurement guide to reduce carbon emissions in construction



Progressive procurement case studies

Ever wondered what progressive procurement looks like? Or how other agencies go on about supporting social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes through their contracts with Māori businesses? Find out by visiting Te Puni Kōkiri’s website to learn more about how Kāinga Ora and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency deliver benefits by considering broader outcomes and developing their buying practices.

Read more on Buyer case studies - Te Puni Kōkiri website

You might also want to take a look at how Māori businesses are getting tender-ready for government contracts.

Read more on Māori business case studies - Te Puni Kōkiri website


New Zealand Business Number Māori business identifier goes live

For the first time Māori businesses can identify themselves as a Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) register.

This new initiative also supports the recent government progressive procurement policy, developed in partnership by Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which aims to improve inclusion of Māori businesses in government procurement of goods and services.

Read more on the NZBN Māori business identifier


All-of-Government broader outcomes initiatives

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New All-of-Government office supply contract launched

The new contract supports the government’s broader outcomes through reducing emissions and waste.  The contract aims to design waste out of the system. Suppliers have committed to reducing the waste associated with their products by favouring recyclable and compostable materials, and supporting a shift to circular economy through product stewardship schemes.

Read more on the new AoG office supplies contract


Positioning government procurement for the future

Increasingly, government procurement is seen as a vehicle for delivering greater public value and wider social, environmental and economic benefits.

Now, as we face significant global challenges in climate change, social inequality, demographic changes and technology disruption, as well as the disruption caused by COVID-19, New Zealand Government Procurement has begun work on positioning government procurement for the future.

We are considering how our procurement system can support an increased focus on delivery, transparency and accountability, and how we can build the future-proofed procurement function that New Zealand needs.

We’ve begun talking with procurement leads from across government, as well as other stakeholders. We’re also working on opportunities for the wider government procurement community to contribute to this work and you’ll be hearing more about this exciting opportunity to help shape New Zealand’s future procurement system over coming weeks.

If you have thoughts, feedback or insights you’d like to contribute to this work, email the Procurement team

Read more on positioning government procurement for the future


Spotlight on reporting

Agencies to start reporting on Māori business procurement target from 1 July

Agencies are now required to report on their progress against the 5% target of the total number of annual procurement contracts awarded to Māori businesses. The first reporting period is from 1 July to 30 September 2021. The reporting includes the number of active contracts during that time, and how many of these are with Māori businesses. We will contact all mandated agencies directly with further information.

Other reporting

A friendly reminder that 1 October 2021 is the reporting deadline for:

  • Broader outcomes
  • Significant services contracts framework (SSCF)
  • Procurement capability index (PCI)

If you have already started preparing for the upcoming reporting, we have some great resources that can help you along the way.

Read more about frameworks, reporting and advice


Annual All-of-Government agency satisfaction survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s survey. Your feedback helps us understand if we are meeting your needs and identify areas for improvement. The results of this survey also provide a key measure for the Procurement Functional Leadership report to Cabinet. 

We appreciated the time you’ve taken to complete the survey and we’re currently analysing the results.


Changes to the Government Procurement Rules

In May 2021, Cabinet introduced two new Government Procurement Rules to drive positive change across the government procurement system. This will strengthen the Procurement Functional Leader (PFL) mandate by improving the standards and consistency of government procurement practices, supporting the government procurement response in emergencies, and driving broader outcomes.

Read more about the changes to the Rules

Read about the summary of submission on the Consultation on the changes to the Rules [PDF, 233 KB]


Spotlight on Hīkina

Hīkina is our in-house learning management system (LMS) that hosts a wide variety of procurement e-Learning modules, information and resources. It also acts as a portal to register for face-to-face workshops.

We’ve just updated the Hīkina Video Library with previously recorded Procurement and Property Knowledge Hours!

Make sure to log-in and check out the videos and any of our other resources!

Access Hīkina - Learning for Government Procurement and Property


For more information about anything in this newsletter please email the Procurement team.