Cabinet this week agreed to change the Property Functional Leadership mandate to enable the development and delivery of a government office accommodation programme.
Peter Bollmann, Chief Advisor Property, New Zealand Government Procurement and Property says the changes to the mandate will help drive a portfolio of flexible and modern government office accommodation that contributes to regional growth and promotes better outcomes for New Zealanders.
The mandate changes authorise the Property Functional Lead to:
- enable and encourage a range of accommodation options (e.g. individual, co-tenanted, co-located, and co-working space and workspaces as a service)
- assess and approve all processes and transactions for office accommodation and public interface areas
- acquire, obtain and hold future government office accommodation properties, either owned or on long term lease, on behalf of the Crown
- allocate and direct office accommodation and public interface space to agencies within the programme
- convene a group of Chief Executives to govern the programme
- establish outcomes measures, and identify benefits and risks, for the programme.
A programme of work is now being developed that will accelerate the development of a government property portfolio that meets the Government’s expectations with respect to citizen and community focus, collaboration between agencies, workplaces that value people and provides value for money for the taxpayer.
“With the changes to our mandate we can now develop a programme of work that has the ability to effect change at a system level rather than an individual agency level,” says Peter.