Procurement Articles

Procurement data must be improved

14 September 2020

Laurence Millar

TINZ analysed the data from the first year of deployment of the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) and found it lacking in quality. We suggest the extension to the Open Government National Action Plan be used to improve the quality of data entered in the new system.

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Open Letter to MBE regarding COVID-19 procurement

18 August 2020

On 28 July, TINZ sent an open letter to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

“We encourage you both to work with Chief Executives across government to ensure that their agencies meet the compliance standards in the Procurement Rules that have been mandated by Cabinet.”

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Of rare earths and referenda – A stark tale of corruption contrasts

6 July 2020

We have a long way to go to redress the imbalance of importing rare earths in return for exporting corruption. New Zealand should consider a law similar to that being introduced in Switzerland. Applying New Zealand’s relatively high standards externally, could go a long way towards helping New Zealand move to a small but influential role in reducing the import and export of corruption.

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Open procurement update

6 July 2020

Laurence Millar

The level of compliance of government agencies with the mandatory procurement rules needs significant improvement. All government agencies need to improve the quality of the information that they monitor and publish about contract award notices.

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Will New Zealand continue to show it can be #1 in the world?

7 May 2020

Transparency and accountability must not be lost in the haste to respond to COVID-19. Trust is a commodity that is vital to New Zealand’s economic recovery in both domestic and export markets. Here are practical steps for businesses to take now while dealing with COVID-19 and preparing for after.

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Letter to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

7 May 2020

We consider it important that agencies are aware of, and meet, the expectations set out in the Rules of Procurement and the Quick guide to emergency procurement. We would encourage you to remind all public sector leaders of their accountability.

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Personal protective equipment – the new gold rush

7 May 2020

Tod Cooper

As a consequence of panic buying in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments the world over have scrambled to award massive contracts to third-party vendors, with little if any, formal process and certainly no due diligence. This has sparked the interest of opportunists and crooks alike.

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Personal protective equipment supply in New Zealand

7 May 2020

Tod Cooper

New Zealand has done well in securing personal protective equipment (PPE) but could do better, particularly when it comes to distributing it within the country.

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Government procurement: Open data about supplier contracts

9 April 2020

Laurence Millar

While the publication of the NZ procurement data by MBIE is to be applauded, the quality and completeness of the data available continues to fall well short of genuine transparency. There is plenty of room for improvement.

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Are you a Supporter of Slave Trading?

30 October 2019

Tod Cooper

There are over 40-million people around the world that remain victims of modern slavery.

Many of them work for you!

This according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in partnership with the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 

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