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.
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