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October 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:

Creating employment opportunities through government procurement

Government agencies must now consider how they can create quality employment opportunities through their procurement activities and monitor them in government contracts.

Quality employment opportunities means opening up work opportunities to a more diverse range of employees and contractors than suppliers would normally engage with.

We have created guidance to help agencies understand the new Rule, which took effect from 1 October 2021, and how it can be applied to drive real change through their employment practices.

Guide to Rule 18A: Quality employment outcomes [PDF, 247 KB]

Read more about creating employment opportunities through government procurement


Launching the Supplier Relationship Management toolkit

A recent report from the Office of the Auditor General concluded that important public services remain vulnerable to unexpected failures unless the public sector makes improvements to the way it manages strategic suppliers.

The report highlighted that supplier relationship management (SRM) is a key strategy for managing risk and there was a need for a coordinated approach across central and local government.

In 2020 we started the Government SRM Programme to mitigate risk and leverage relationships to deliver more value for government.

With the support of State of Flux, we’ve worked with a community of practice and working group, and are ready to launch the SRM toolkit to lift capability within agencies, provide guidance and promote consistent supplier relationship management practices across government.

Join us for the launch of the toolkit via a webinar at 12 noon on 4 November, to learn more about these new resources.

Here’s the webinar link and make sure to save this in your calendar. If you have any questions please email us.

Microsoft Teams meeting - webinar at 12 noon 4 November 2021

Strategic suppliers - Understanding and managing the risks of service disruption


Waka Kotahi – growing their electric vehicle fleet

Carbon Neutral Government Programme

Waka Kotahi’s sustainability action plan, Toitū Te Taiao responds to four big challenges facing the land transport system and Aotearoa: reducing land transport greenhouse gas emissions, improving public health, reducing environmental harm and reducing our own corporate emissions. Part of this work, and supporting the Carbon Neutral Government Programme, is growing their electric vehicle fleet.

Toitū Te Taio – Our Sustainability Action Plan - Waka Kotahi

Read more about Waka Kotahi – growing their electric vehicle fleet - Ministry for the Environment Manatū Mō Te Taiao


Resetting the government procurement system

“We have an opportunity to reshape the government procurement system, to create value for all New Zealanders. As a system we need to become more agile and future-focussed. We all have a part to play in this.”- Karen Dawson, Group General Manager Commercial Operations, Ministry of Social Development

Government procurement in New Zealand is operating in a complex environment. We’re being asked to deliver more than just value for money – but also value for people, communities and the planet. Our procurement system needs to reset to achieve these goals.

Read about resetting the government procurement system


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