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The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Eastern Busway Contract 1 (EB1), worth $105 million dollars, went out for tender in mid-August. Contractors tendering for the work have been asked by Auckland Transport to demonstrate how they will include Maori and Pasifika businesses in their supply chains.

This is the first time that there has been clear supplier diversity targets set by any public sector organisation in New Zealand. Great work Auckland Transport!

Timeframes for AMETI

The tender for EB 1 has now closed. The contract will be awarded in mid December, if you were asked to tender for work via He Waka Eke Noa, we expect that the successful contractor will notify you in January. Work is planned to commence in February 2019

Key Result Areas for Social Outcomes in EB 1

The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for supplier diversity in the EB 1 contract are:

Below average: <5% of supply chain value is spent with Maori & Pasifika enterprises, socially innovative businesses and/or social enterprises who meet a pre-set criteria

Business as usual: 5-7% of supply chain value is spent with Maori & Pasifika enterprises, socially innovative businesses and/or social enterprises who meet a pre-set criteria

Above Average: 8-10% of supply chain value is spent with Maori & Pasifika enterprises, socially innovative businesses and/or social enterprises who meet a pre-set criteria

Breakthrough: >11% of supply chain value is spent with Maori & Pasifika enterprises, socially innovative businesses and/or social enterprises who meet a pre-set criteria

The targets are accompanied by KPIs around developing a best practice corporate supplier diversity strategy that builds the capabilities of diverse suppliers to get into, stay involved and grow in their supply chains.

AMETI is currently being delivered in 4 stages. EB 1 is a part of stage 2: Panmure to Pakuranga. AMETI has a total value of $1.5 billion dollars once complete and will enable people to travel by bus and train between Botany and Britomart in less than 40 minutes.

As a result of the positive response from the market to this RFP, the AMETI team have indicated that they want to incorporate social outcomes into all future procurement for AMETI works.

Key tips for He Waka Eke Noa businesses

  • Working with Prime contractors is a great way to build a track record of success and get regular work. Make sure to always check your terms and conditions and ensure you are pricing correctly to get the best outcomes out of any sub-contracting agreement.

  • Understand what type of relationship you want to have with the contractor/client and how that can be achieved. Are you happy sub-contracting? Do you want to work directly with clients? Both have pros and cons that need to be thought out in detail.

  • Are you work ready? Does your business have all the right pre-qualifications and certificates to work with large contractors and clients?

  • Ask for help. He Waka Eke Noa can provide you with links to the different agencies, organisations, mentors and business coaches that can help your business succeed.