Congratulations to all the winners in the New Zealand Procurement Excellence Forum’s annual awards. The depth of talent and professionalism was obviously evident in the approach of the winners, but across all the finalists.
Each year the New Zealand Procurement Excellence Forum recognises outstanding professionalism in five categories. This year’s winners are:
- Procurement Professional – Rajat Sarna, Chief Procurement Officer Vodafone
- Young Procurement Professional – Tommy Mcloughlin, Senior Procurement Specialist, Ministry of Education
- Most Effective Team – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
- Social and Environmental – Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities (and Supreme award winners)
- Innovation of the Year – Frucor Suntory
Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities not only took out the Social or Environmental Impact of the Year category but was also the winner of this year’s Supreme Award. This was in recognition of work supporting the organisation’s waste minimisation programme, which prioritises house relocation and deconstruction over demolition on Kāinga Ora redevelopment sites.
In New Zealand, construction and demolition waste makes up about half of all waste sent to landfill. Kāinga Ora is focused on reducing the amount of waste generated by its development activities, by partnering with the industry to implement sustainable site clearance practices.
Andrea Morton, Kāinga Ora Director - Procurement and Supplier Management, says the award highlights the organisation’s commitment to facilitate wider community outcomes through its procurement process.
“The waste minimisation programme is a great example of how we are working with the market to drive innovation and sustainability initiatives that will have a long-lasting impact on the New Zealand environment. We are proud to partner with the industry to prioritise environmental outcomes over traditional demolition methods, while building the capacity and capability of our suppliers to deliver site clearance services.”
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Mark Richards, Procurement Manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – no stranger to the government procurement community – was also recognised with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement award. Mark is tireless in his commitment to help out, stand up and move things forward in the world of procurement.
Mark says, “Procurement is all about people. Working with customers and stakeholders to find out what they need and working with suppliers to find out what they can do. Then we link them up! It’s the opportunity to work with people that makes procurement such a great profession!”