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April 2023

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:

- CoLabs hit the mark
- Updated threshold for approved sustainable building rating tools
- Using NZBN data to streamline processes
- GETSmart with GETS
- Agencies committed to progressive procurement kaupapa
- Procurement Knowledge Hour recap: KiwiRail – supplier relationship management journey

CoLabs hit the mark

Last month, our initial CoLabs hosted approximately 60 people from a range of suppliers and agencies. Participants discussed the topics of sector leadership, consultancy services order (CSO) and benefits realisation.

Participants were encouraging of this format and gave us some useful ideas for improving these CoLabs. We will be converting the online event into a series of consecutive 1-hour sessions. While people enjoyed moving between the three sessions at the in-person event, this feature didn't work as well for the online session.

Our ongoing schedule of joint agency and supplier CoLabs will run throughout 2023. They will provide you with further opportunities to contribute to the Programme’s design work.

Find out more about the CoLabs

A group of procurement professionals discussing topics at the procurement for the future March CoLabs

Watch Kirsten McLay, the Programme Director, talk about the purpose of the CoLabs.

Reflections on Procurement for the Future March CoLabs – YouTube

Sector leadership model – Consultation closes 5 May

There is still time to have your say. We’re seeking feedback on the introduction of a sector leadership model to support how government manages procurement in key sectors.

Find out how to have your say:

Extension of consultation period on sector leadership model


Updated threshold for approved sustainable building rating tools

From 1 April 2023, all new government-owned non-residential buildings, with an estimated value of $9 million and more, must use an approved sustainable building rating tool.

The initiative is part of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP). The CNGP is a long-term programme that aims to make government organisations carbon neutral by 2025. This is the second stage of a phased implementation, aiming to reduce carbon emissions in building and construction.

Sustainable building rating systems consider a broad range of environmental and social factors. They provide a building sustainability performance benchmark. Focusing on key areas, such as reducing embodied and operational carbon, and consistent use of processes, they support achieving sustainable outcomes.

Building rating systems


Using NZBN data to streamline processes

Did you know that government agencies can use the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) to set up watchlists for businesses they have an interest in, like suppliers or key customers?

Once a business is on your watchlist, NZBN sends alerts if any details for that business change, giving you the most up-to-date information.

Read about the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and how they’re using the NZBN data to streamline their processes.

NZBN a game changer for IPONZ –


GETSmart with GETS

The information published on Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) is public. Some websites copy GETS data and repost it on their own sites, often behind a paywall.

The GETS team work to limit the access these groups have to GETS data. If you receive questions from suppliers, remind them that all the information about the tender is on GETS and available for free.

Do you have a helpful tip about GETS to include in the next instalment of ‘GETSmart with GETS’?

Email the Business systems team


Agencies committed to progressive procurement kaupapa

Last month it was announced that the cross-government progressive procurement target is increasing from 5% to 8%.

This follows a review of the policy settings, after the positive results of the kaupapa so far. Other policy features mainly remain in place.

Due to the hard mahi and commitment to the kaupapa since the policy was introduced in 2020, agencies have exceeded the initial 5% target by reaching 6% in the first full year of reporting. Over 3,200 contracts were awarded to Māori businesses for the year ending 30 June 2022, with a total worth of around $930 million. As with the original target, agencies are encouraged to exceed the new target where possible.

Government increases progressive procurement target following policy success

Case study: Te Puni Kōkiri progressive procurement capability uplift programme

As part of the progressive procurement kaupapa, Te Puni Kōkiri’s Kaimahi Uplift Programme aims to increase Māori capability in procurement teams at government agencies. The new programme offers mentoring and support to upskill existing Māori employees in the public sector.

Increasing Māori representation in government procurement – Te Puni Kōkiri

The uplift programme also offers Māori businesses with wraparound support to prepare them for government contracting opportunities.

Check out the news story below to learn about Wairua Pai, the only majority Māori-owned customer contact centre. Find out how they are receiving support with government tendering.

Māori contact centre startup on mission to help solo mums – Te Puni Kōkiri


Procurement Knowledge Hour recap: KiwiRail – Supplier relationship management journey

Last month, we kicked off the 2023 Knowledge Hours with a presentation from Kriza Young, Procurement and Process Improvement Manager from KiwiRail and David Graham, Manager Supplier Relationships.

David provided an overview of supplier relationship management (SRM). Kriza discussed KiwiRail’s experience, and the tremendous value added by embarking on the SRM journey.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the Knowledge Hour. The webinar recording and slides are in the Hīkina video library.

Hīkina - Learning for Government Procurement and Property

KiwiRail supplier relationship journey

Save the date

Don’t miss our next Knowledge Hour, managing your corporate climate strategy: Accident Compensation Corporation’s journey

Date: Thursday 27 April 2023
Time: 3.00 to 4.00pm

In this session Erin Aspros, Commercial Relationship and Sustainability Manager and Andy Woodwark, Senior Portfolio Manager will provide a recap of ACC’s corporate climate decarbonisation strategy, share examples of it in action and how your procurement can support decarbonisation.

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

Register for the webinar