In May, Cabinet will accept the 4th Edition of the Government Rules of Procurement, which come into effect on October 1 this year. Caroline Boot spells out the implications for councils.
Councils are heading for the most significant change in procurement since the Rules of Sourcing came into effect in October 2013. In line with the current government’s ideology, the amended rules aim to create leverage through procurement to improve the wellbeing for New Zealand communities. Importantly, they give clarity and good news on a number of areas that have challenged council procurement staff for years.