Public sector procurement and contracting


We understand that the public sector faces strong pressure to get value for money.  The public sector also faces a complex mix of procedural rules and requirements as to how goods and services must be procured.

We can assist you to make sense of how these different processes and expectations fit together to ensure you select a procurement method that gives you the best value for money.

We understand the basic procurement principles that should guide your thinking and can work logically with you through the planning, selection, management and review choices that accompany each type of funding arrangement.  We are also experts in applying the standards of good procurement practice that apply to public entities, including rules and guidelines issued by Cabinet, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Treasury and Office of the Auditor-General.

We have experience in advising clients on selecting a method of purchasing goods and services, conducting competitive tender processes, submitting proposals in response to a request for tenders, and negotiating contractual terms.

Work highlights

Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Department of Internal Affairs

on procurement processes, public law obligations, and the drafting of agreements for the All of Government Contracts

Drafting the Primary Health Organisations Services Agreement

between Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand (and previously DHBs) and all Primary Health Organisations

Advising a major government department

on the procurement process for its telecommunications services

Advising a district council

on its procurement process for selecting a service provider to build a sewerage reticulation scheme

Advising the Ministry of Health

on its procurement processes for a national telehealth service, and assisting with the drafting of an agreement with the successful tenderer

Advising on, and drafting, an agreement for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs

with the default provider of financial dispute resolution services

Our team

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies…

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Amy Ryburn

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, with a particular focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)…

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  • M +64 21 242 5889


Natasha Wilson

Partner, Wellington

Natasha is a member of our public law team in Wellington, and has extensive experience in the health, education, and science and…

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Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice…

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  • M +64 21 624 356


Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in information and communication technology…

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  • M +64 21 722 990