Suppliers (Māori businesses)

Māori businesses are being supported to be tender-ready and to navigate government procurement processes through an initiative by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to increase supplier diversity.

Are you a supplier?

If you are a registered business with a minimum of 50 percent Māori ownership or are a Māori Authority (as classified by the Inland Revenue Department), you are a Māori business for the terms of this policy.

Increasing supplier diversity

Government agencies spend about $42 billion dollars each year buying goods and services and this initiative is about looking at ways to use this buying power to accelerate the economic recovery for Māori businesses.

The progressive procurement policy was agreed by Cabinet to support whānau Māori enterprise and to increase their access to procurement opportunities.

Progressive procurement policy main features:

  • The definition of a Māori business is a Māori authority (as classified by the Inland Revenue Department) or a minimum 50% Māori ownership.
  • A target of 5 percent of the total number of buyer (mandated government agencies) procurement contracts are awarded to Māori businesses.
  • Intermediary organisations to act as a broker, matching and connection buyers and suppliers to realise procurement opportunities. Further, to assist with verifying supplier businesses as meeting the definition of Māori business.
  • Supporting sustainable, long term behavioural change of government agencies and businesses procurement practices.

What do government agencies buy?

Mandated government agencies buy a lot of different goods and/or services. These range in value, complexity of requirements, location, budget and length of contract (from a one-off purchase to a five-year contract).

The goods and/or services mandated agencies buy include:

  • construction
  • design
  • consultancy
  • catering
  • cleaning

Process for suppliers: Getting tender-ready

Tuatahi/1: Prepare
Check if government agencies buy the goods and/or services your business provides.  Work on becoming tender ready by accessing appropriate support.  This can include connecting with an intermediary such as Amotai via kiaora@amotai.nz

Tuarua/2: Register
Register on GETs and identify as a Māori business. Select to be notified when potential procurement opportunities arise that may suit your business.

Tuatoru/3: Access
Access tenders that suit/match your business capability and capacity on GETS, as well as other procurement opportunities that have been made available by individual agencies. Ensure you are tender-ready to enter a competitive bid.

Tuawhā/4: Deliver
Meet contracted deliverables and engage confidently with the agency. Share Te Ao Māori views that encourage the buyer agency to learn and develop.

Requirements for Suppliers:

Tuatahi/1: Identifying you are a Māori business
Advise you are a Māori business when you register on GETS or with the intermediary such as Amotai. Also consider including an identifier on any relevant business information that is sent to mandated buyer agencies.

Tuarua/2: Te Ao Māori
Look for opportunities to share te ao Māori perspectives to enhance engagement with government agencies. Sharing knowledge and experience of working with Māori businesses will help agencies grow their understanding as well as create better social outcomes through increased supplier diversity.

There are rules, processes, and guidelines that government mandated agencies must comply with when they buy goods and/or services.

Government agencies use the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) website to advertise some of their larger value procurement opportunities www.gets.govt.nz.  Checking this site out will give you a good idea of what government mandated agencies are wanting from a provider.

Requirements for Buyers: 

There are rules, processes, and guidelines that government mandated agencies must comply with when they buy goods and/or services.

Government agencies use the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) website to advertise some of their larger value procurement opportunities www.gets.govt.nz.  Checking this site out will give you a good idea of what government mandated agencies are wanting from a provider.

Leading the mahi – Te Kupenga Hao Pauaua

Te Kupenga Hao Pāuaua is the project team jointly led by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Translated Te Kupenga Hao Pāuaua means to cast the fishing net wide and be enterprising.

Its purpose is to prototype approaches to reduce barriers for Māori businesses to engage in government procurement processes and assist government agencies to implement the progressive procurement policy.

For support in understanding and engaging with government procurement processes and to learn more about getting your business tender-ready contact supplierdiversity@tpk.govt.nz.

Supporting the kaupapa – Amotai

Amotai, formerly known as He Waka Eke Noa, is the contracted intermediary organisation.

Amotai verifies Māori businesses and holds a national database of Māori businesses that are tender-ready. It is free to register your business with Amotai.Amotai provides practical advice and support to buyer agencies so they can engage effectively with Māori businesses who are considering government procurement opportunities.

Get in touch with Amotai to learn more about how they can support your business kiaora@amotai.nz

 

Resources for Suppliers

 

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