The Queenstown Lakes District Council is overhauling its
procurement system, aiming to ensure its ratepayers benefit
from high quality services at the ''best possible price''.
Professional service providers are being invited to register
their interest for selection as a ''preferred supplier'' -
those who were successful would either be appointed the sole
preferred supplier, or appointed to a panel of preferred
suppliers for a fixed period of two years, with renewal
The requests for proposals, to be progressively advertised on
the Government Electronic Tenders Service next month and in
November, would cover a range of commercial and professional
services across engineering, insurance, banking, legal,
planning and property management services.
Council chief executive Adam Feeley said the immediate goal
was to balance quality of service with value for money.
''Tendering every piece of work can, in fact, increase costs
''Aside from the time cost of the exercise, service providers
do not always offer best prices where there is no prospect of
''This arrangement aims to secure best prices by offering
some level of certainty, while still maintaining competitive
tension by having a panel to select from for any one piece of
work; and by the fixed period for the arrangement.''
Mr Feeley said price would be important but would not be the
only determining factor. The quality of the proposal and
reputation would also be considerations.
The council already benefited financially from access to the
all-of-government contracts, which established a single
supply agreement between the Crown and approved suppliers for
the supply of selected common goods and services purchased
across central and local government.