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Topic # 27352 23-Oct-2008 00:08
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We @ 3Bit respond to a fair amount of Government tenders.  One of the tenders I'm working on at the moment, has the requirement of telling everyone responding who is in the running - over 50% are NZ based.

My question is should NZ Govt tenders be restricted to local business to a. keep the money in NZ and b. it will help stimulate local jobs , opportunities etc.

What do you think?

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  Reply # 172968 23-Oct-2008 08:35
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As long as the skills are available domestically at a reasonable cost I would think it makes sense they are kept within NZ. In your (our!) industry I'm positive this is achievable.

There are always going to be exceptions depending on industry and expertise available of course - for example I'd also hate for the taxpayer to get ripped off because there's only a couple of NZ vendors charging highly inflated pricing - which I also see too often sadly.




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  Reply # 172981 23-Oct-2008 09:48
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In my area - (A Local Govt Body)  There are certain levels and a buy local policy.

Essentially anything manufactured and operated within the region is given first preference, followed by manufactured elsewhere but business operates in the area - then manufactured in nz operated nz and so on and so forth.....

Seem to work fairly well, but again it depends on the product and service and skillsets available




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nate: We @ 3Bit respond to a fair amount of Government tenders.  One of the tenders I'm working on at the moment, has the requirement of telling everyone responding who is in the running - over 50% are NZ based.

My question is should NZ Govt tenders be restricted to local business to a. keep the money in NZ and b. it will help stimulate local jobs , opportunities etc.

What do you think?


I think that most of the FTAs that NZ has signed include a clause that companies from these countries are treated as local for the purpose of Government Contracts. It certainly applies to Aus, and I am fairly sure to the P4 and China as well, 

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  Reply # 172989 23-Oct-2008 10:07
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Aha, that seems to be the case - heres an example




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