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Programme updates

This page lists our updates and progress from across the programme channels over the most recent months. We’ll be updating this page monthly so that it’s easy to see what we’ve been up to.

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about the programme, email the Procurement for the future team.

Capability, practice and environment


Work on this key part of the programme has been temporarily paused, while we recruit the additional resourcing needed to carry our projects forward.

Liz Palmer, our new Head of Procurement Capability and Systems, will oversee the teams working on the development of procurement system tools, people capabilities and workforce capacity.


We’ve moved the 2023 procurement capability index (PCI) reporting due date to 1 November 2023. This gives us more time to review the questions and evidence guide. The review includes input from agencies and covers questions about:

  • supplier relationship management
  • Significant Services Contracts Framework, and
  • broader outcomes.

Our June CoLab was well attended with a lot of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participating. We looked at uplifting supplier capability. This was the start of our work on supporting SMEs, including Māori businesses, successfully navigating government procurement.

We’ve developed capability blueprints from our capability concept labs. These will inform a capability work plan and identify topics to bring to future CoLabs.


  • Finalised a report on the second Influencing in Action programme.
  • Drafted insights from the April capability concept labs for the capability development roadmap.


  • Second Influencing in Action programme concluded. 

Capability, practice and environment workstream

Contracting and supplier management


Construction and infrastructure is likely to be the first sector that will use the sector leadership model. A summary of our consultation feedback is available.


We’ve received great feedback at recent CoLabs on next generation collaborative contracting (NGCC) and strategic supplier relationship management (SSRM). We’ve used this feedback to:

  • update the NGCC principles and criteria. The updated versions informed a first draft of the proposed NGCC framework.
  • update the objectives, benefits and criteria of SSRM. This will help us as we begin the ’operational design’ for the project.


  • We’re analysing responses from the sector leadership consultation.
  • We’re using feedback from our CoLabs to update objectives, benefits and criteria of the strategic supplier relationship management project.
  • We’re using CoLabs feedback to update the principles and criteria of next generation collaborative contracting.


  • Consultation on the sector leadership model closed.

Contracting and supplier management workstream

Data and systems


We’ve updated requirements for the procurement platform with input from agencies and suppliers at our July CoLabs. We're excited to begin work on the design and discovery phase with our external development partner.

Our team has been listening to feedback and looking at different ways to improve the user experience of the GETS and AoG collaborative procurement dashboards before releasing the next version.


We’re proposing to amend 18 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The proposed changes will let us share spend information from those collaborative contracts in a visual dashboard.

The open contract data standard gap analysis has progressed well. We’re now summarising this with the conceptual data model to make further recommendations.

We’re looking at requirements for procurement activities and mapping them to procurement rules and capabilities. Thank you to those who came to the recent CoLabs, your input is a great help.

In June, we delivered the first version of the project version and control feature to some agencies. This is a critical new Document Builder feature. It allows us to make new versions of templates available to agencies. It’s a big step forward in preparing for the wider rollout of the tool next year.


  • A preferred respondent for the procurement platform was chosen at the end of our Big Room Event.
  • We completed work on the current data model and data dictionary. This is part of our open contracting data standards analysis.
  • We’re using CoLab feedback to update our procurement platform requirements.


  • The Government Electronic tender Service (GETS) dashboard was released.
  • Planning for our Big Room Event has been completed. This event will help us choose a preferred respondent for the procurement platform.
  • MBIE’s Māori Digital Data and Insights team are helping us to understand data sovereignty risks and issues.

Data and systems workstream

Rules review


We’re in the process of planning a comprehensive review of the Government Procurement Rules. This review will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • how we incorporate te ao Māori approaches,
  • modern sourcing concepts such as commissioning and relational contacts,
  • system leadership and performance considerations, and
  • a better balance across the procurement lifecycle.

The project team is currently planning how it can best engage on the wide range of topics.