Principles behind the Tui project.
Treaty of Waitangi
The Crown is committed to working collaboratively in partnership with Māori in line with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. MBIE is working with Ngā Iwi o Taranaki on the Tui Project to ensure the views of iwi are represented.
Taranaki workforce and industry experience
Although MBIE is based in Wellington, the Government is well versed in delivering projects across the country. As part of project planning we are integrating stakeholder engagement with Taranaki whilst adhering to guidance around COVID-19.
Local providers have the ability to bid for contracts. However, the Government Procurement Rules (Rule 3) are very clear that equal opportunity must be given to all suppliers regardless of their country of origin, degree of foreign ownership, or foreign business affiliations. This is not just a procurement consideration, but also aligns with our free trade agreements. However, we will be ensuring the concept of public value (broader outcomes) are considered in the procurement activities in terms of wider benefits which could result from the use of local firms.
In designing the procurement strategy we are also considering how we can increase access for New Zealand businesses.
The process of government procurement is about achieving best public value which is not necessarily at the lowest price. Public value also includes consideration of wider outcomes, such as outcomes for Taranaki. The procurement strategy and each plan will include measures and interventions to best achieve public value.
MBIE is committed to ensuring taxpayer money is spent responsibly in all project areas including operationally, through procurements, and departmental spend. For example, all procurement expenditure is required to be signed off by the relevant authority based on recommendation reports.
The project is adhering to the Government Procurement Rules which require all tenders over $100,000 to be openly advertised unless there is a valid reason for exemption.