There has been significant change for the Branch this year. We started out as New Zealand Government Procurement and then on 1 April we gained another ‘P’ when we were joined by Government Property Group. The arrival of GPG means that MBIE is now home to two of the three Functional Leads across Government.
This year has also been award winning, with our teams taking out the In-House Legal Team of the Year by the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand, and Young Procurement Professional of the Year, Procurement Team of the Year and the Supreme Award at the NZ Procurement Excellence Awards.
Throughout all this the team have delivered some fantastic work. Several All-of-Government contracts, including Air Travel, Consultancy (Tranche 2) and External Recruitment Services are in the process of being refreshed. And we launched the Online Panel Directory to help agencies choose the right suppliers for them from All-of-Government panels.
We worked with a cross-government team to implement the Electric Vehicles Programme – designing a procurement solution to deliver fit-for-purpose electric vehicles at the best total cost of ownership to meet the government's transportation and emission goals.
In June we launched the Significant Service Contracts Framework which provides support and guidance for government agencies on how to effectively manage their most important, high risk contracts – the ones that tend to keep Chief Executives up at night.
In July we established the Social Services Procurement Capability team focussing on enhancing procurement capability in social sector agencies. We also rolled out the Procurement Capability Index to measure and improve government agency procurement capability.
GPG’s Wellington Accommodation Project (Tranche 1) ended in November. This huge project has seen five agencies move into refurbished buildings with forecast savings to government of $333 million over 20 years. GPG has also supported the delivery of the first of four buildings in the Christchurch Integrated Government Accommodation programme and the Auckland Policy Office where 14 government agencies now share in a more collaborative space.
Negotiations for the Wellington Accommodation Project (Tranche 2) finished in July, marking the end of three years of complex lease negotiations and the Government Property Portal launched at the end of October. This comprehensive property database is now being rolled out to agencies.
Most recently GPG has had a critical role to play in supporting the government’s earthquake response – supporting agency property managers and helping them find temporary accommodation for staff.
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017! I hope you all enjoy a relaxing break with your family and friends.