Ministry-led property projects…


One of the biggest buyers of construction services in New Zealand is looking for capable main contractors who can help build safe and fit-for-purpose learning spaces for the country’s children.

The Ministry of Education is opening its Construction Directory – a national panel of pre-qualified construction suppliers who tender for school construction projects that are worth $500,000 or more – to ensure that the panel continues to have the right suppliers with the capability to deliver Ministry-led property projects.

“When we first established the Construction Directory, we committed to regularly refreshing the panel. These refreshes allow new entrants to gain admittance and for existing suppliers to increase their scope of delivery,” says Craig Barton, general manager – Infrastructure Procurement for Ministry of Education.

The notice released by the Ministry in June states that there’s a focus on seeking suppliers based in Northland, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Taranaki, Whanganui-Manawatū, Wellington, West Coast and Southland regions.

“Feedback around getting more local suppliers engaged in school property projects stood out in one of our recent consultations with schools. So with the help of our project teams, these regions were identified as key areas where we need to get more representation in our Construction Directory.

“We’re doing our best to get this call out to reach suppliers that are not yet in our network – especially those up-and-coming contractors who are yet to try tendering for government contracts,” Barton says.

Prior to releasing a Request for Proposal via Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) a series of supplier engagement sessions will be organised by the Ministry of Education starting this month to meet and brief contractors regarding tender requirements for joining the Construction Directory.

For more information about this opportunity to work with the Ministry of Education, or details about the supplier engagement sessions, email