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August 2022

Keep up to date with 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:

- Skilled migrants and procurement professionals
- Case study: Te Puni Kōkiri progressive procurement capability uplift programme – Local intermediary connect programme
- Hikina is turning 3!
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand completes Te Whānau Manaaki
- The common process model celebrates its one-year anniversary
- 2022 All-of-Government agency satisfaction survey
- Reporting reminders

Skilled migrants and procurement professionals

Government has announced a new green list of 85 hard-to-fill high-skill roles that provides a priority pathway to residency and many procurement professionals have asked what this means for our sector.

Greg Williams, Director Capability Services, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) explains, “The green list targets specific skills shortages in New Zealand, and the current list – which came into effect on 4 July this year and is set until July 2023 – makes no specific reference to procurement.

“Jobs on the green list get a fast track to residency, instead of the migrant needing to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa and then applying separately for residency.”

“NZGP will engage with the Immigration New Zealand review of any further green list and visa requirements and if there are any changes, keep the sector informed.” says Greg.

Currently, migrants in any role who are paid twice the median wage can also apply for residency after two years under the legislation. Therefore, procurement professionals earning above this threshold will be able to apply for residency.

More details of the reset of immigration policy can be found on the Beehive and Immigration New Zealand websites:

Government supports new skilled residence pathways –

New residence categories announced – Immigration New Zealand


Case study: Te Puni Kōkiri progressive procurement capability uplift programme – Local intermediary connect programme

Te Puni Kōkiri, as part our joint progressive procurement kaupapa, are partnering with local intermediary connect providers around the country to provide support to pakihi Māori (Māori enterprise).

The local intermediary connect programme was designed to connect local providers with pakihi Māori in their regions to grow their awareness of government procurement opportunities and build capability.

Check out the Te Puni Kōkiri news story below below to learn more about the local intermediary connect programme and hear from two pakihi Māori about the awhi they have received from Awhi Rōpu Consultants (ARC), and how it has supported them to engage in government procurement processes.

Local intermediary connect programme supporting pakihi Māori to grow – Te Puni Kōkiri


Hīkina is turning 3!

On 26 August 2019, the joint New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) and Government Property Group (GPG) learning management system Hīkina went live to agencies, DHBs and local government.

We are so pleased to celebrate our third year of operation and bring you best practice, evidenced based training for procurement and property practitioners.

The number of registered users has grown to around 1,800 from across 169 organisations. We have 22 eLearning modules online, with regular Knowledge Hour videos loaded and multiple face to face and/or virtual wānanga delivered. We plan to add more content over the coming years that supports practitioners in their day-to-day work.

We are changing the format of demystifying procurement

Our self-paced demystifying procurement course is currently offered as one e-learning module. To make it easier to return to the content after your first visit, we are splitting the course into eight smaller modules. Each module corresponds with one key area of the procurement process.

We hope to have this update completed by the end of August 2022.

Expressions of interest for demystifying procurement workshops in 2023

Our popular demystifying procurement workshop will be back again in 2023. To register an expression of interest please log in to Hīkina and fill in the form.

Hīkina - Learning for Government Procurement and Property


Fire and Emergency New Zealand completes Te Whānau Manaaki

The Procurement Team at Fire and Emergency New Zealand recently celebrated the completion of the New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) Te Whānau Manaaki suite of learning courses.

Te Whānau Manaaki was created for staff who procure or manage social services. The modules cover six topics, ranging from cultural competency to contract management and are designed to follow the procurement life cycle.

If you are interested in learning more about the Te Whānau Manaaki modules, please email the Procurement Capability team.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand completes Te Whānau Manaaki suite of learning


The common process model celebrates its one-year anniversary

The common process model (the model) is a set of business processes that allow agencies to streamline their key back-office functions such as finance, human resources, payroll and procurement. This can give agencies a strong foundation to develop their business requirements.

Over the past year, uptake of the model has grown from 38 agencies to over 352 users.

One of the agencies using the model, Ministry of Social Development is “a huge advocate from a taxpayer perspective. It’s less cost, less risk and implementation and you just get there quicker.”

The digital landscape is constantly changing and evolving, and agencies must be adaptable and shift with it. This is where the Model will come in use to enable simple and efficient back-office transformation.

As part of the wider procurement review, we're also forming a community of practice to redevelop the model for procurement and make sure it’s fit-for-purpose.

If you’d like to learn more about the common process model and registering your public service agency, email Enterprise Support at the Department of Internal Affairs.

AoG Common Process Model supports another major agency in its first year


2022 All-of-Government agency satisfaction survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey. We appreciate the time you’ve put in – leading to a 16% increase in responses from last year!

Agency feedback is valuable. It helps us identify areas for improvement, gain a clear understanding of the level of agency satisfaction with All-of-Government (AoG) contracts and if we are delivering the intended value, so it was good to see increased engagement.

We're currently analysing the results and will publish a report with our findings later in the year.

Read the report on last year's survey below:

Agency satisfaction survey reports - All-of-Government contracts


Reporting reminders

Reporting for broader outcomes and progressive procurement policy

The following reporting is due 1 October 2022:

  • Broader outcomes priority outcome three
  • Progressive procurement policy

All government procurement mandated agencies must complete this reporting.

Please note, we will not be collecting procurement capability index (PCI) and significant services contracts framework (SSCF) data for this reporting round.

Because the delayed October 2021 PCI reporting was completed in March 2022, there is little additional benefit in agencies completing a further round of PCI reporting this year. 

Read more about reporting for October 2022:

Spotlight on reporting – Agency reporting for October 2022

Reporting for electric vehicles

Mandated agencies are required to report electric vehicles fleet optimisation and transition plan by 1 October 2022.

As part of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP) all mandated agencies are required to optimise their fleet by:

  • Reducing the number of vehicles, and
  • Choosing electric vehicles first, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), when replacing vehicles in their light vehicle fleets.

This is a priority of the CNGP, and Ministers are asking for assurances that agencies are putting the necessary plans and resources in place to achieve it. Your fleet optimisation and transition plan is key to this.

You must submit your 2022 plan by emailing the Policy team by 1 October 2022.

Read more about the minimum requirements for fleet optimisation and transition plans.

Plan to optimise and reduce fleet emissions


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