NZ considers procurement rules extension

The Government of New Zealand is looking at the potential of extending its procurement rules to cover a wider number of public sector entities.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking feedback on the plans, which would ensure that many entities that are currently ‘encouraged’ to follow the procurement rules are in future required to do so.

“In the current policy settings, government is limited in its ability to influence government procurement policies, implement system-wide improvements to procurement practices and achieve greater public good from the NZ$42bn that is spent each year by the government sector,” it said.

As a result, it is seeking the views of interested parties on “the potential benefits, opportunities, and other impacts” of extending the procurement rules to more government entities across New Zealand’s public sector.

Interested parties have until 23 November to respond. To read the consultation document, click here.