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Procurement Principles

Each year the Bay of Plenty Regional Council purchases more than $50 million worth of goods, works and services.

This means we need to make sure that our procurement activities:

  • are carried out in a consistent and compliant manner; and
  • deliver benefits through effective procurement processes.

The Council follows the Principles of Government Procurement and Government Rules of Sourcing when planning, sourcing and managing procurement, as these set the standard for good practice. The way we buy goods, services or works will vary depending on the value, complexity and risk involved, and we apply the approach best-suited to the individual purchase, within the framework of the Principles and Rules – encouraging competitive tendering whenever possible.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has an obligation to ensure that it obtains best value for money for ratepayers, and that it is prudent in all financial operations. 

Purchase Orders

Within the Council we mandate the use of purchase orders for all purchases of goods and services.  Purchase orders are used to authorise the purchase and each have their own unique identifying number.  This number tracks the order through the procurement procure to pay process and not only allows for processing efficiencies, but is also used as an audit tool.

All correspondence with the Regional Council, including invoices, must include the purchase order number to ensure that appropriate authorisation has been given forthe purchase and to allow us to effectively process your payment or query.

Accounts Payable contact details

The most efficient way for us to receive and process invoices is electronically. To ensure that payment is made as quickly as possible please email invoices to

P O Box 364
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 884 881 extn 8355 or extn 8349




The Bay of Plenty Regional Council uses two online e-tendering portals for advertising public tenders. All tenders are advertised on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) and are often also advertised on LGTenders (Tenderlink). All relevant documentation relating to the tender can be downloaded from these websites.

For a listing of all open public Bay of Plenty Regional Council tenders or to register for notifications of relevant tenders from these portals please visit their websites:


Joint Purchasing Initiatives

All of Government Procurement Programme

This is a central government initiative that has been expanded to local government and provides centralised contracts in a range of supply categories at the best buying rates in NZ. Bay of Plenty Regional Council is a party to several of the AoG contracts.


n3 (formerly GSB) provide a supply aggregation service and have a number of suppliers under contract. The Council is a member organisation and saves money through discounts with the contracted suppliers and not having to tender and administer the supply relationships.

Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services LImited (BOPLASS)

BOPLASS is a company owned by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua District Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Kawerau District Council, Tauranga City Council, Opotiki District Council, Whakatane District Council, Taupo District Council and Gisborne District Council and has been established to promote shared services between local authorities in the Bay of Plenty/Gisborne Regions and elsewhere.  The purpose of the company is to provide benefit to Councils and their stakeholders through improved levels of service, reduced costs, improved efficiency and/or increased value through innovation. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has entered into a number of contracts for goods and services through BOPLASS to benefit from the joint purchasing power of consolidating spend with other Councils.


For more information or advice on procurement matters, please e-mail us: 

Contractor Health and Safety

We have put in place a streamlined pre-qualification process to ensure we are using contractors who operate with effective health and safety management systems and are holding current and relevant insurances.