New Zealand public transport procurement strategies in a new legislative environment


Rachel Gibson

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

place - australasia, mode - bus, mode - ferry, economics - subsidy, organisation - contracting, economics - appraisal/evaluation, organisation - competition


Procurement strategy


In 2003 and 2004 there were major changes to the legislative environment in New Zealand, with the enactment of the Land Transport Management Act, 2003 which formed the New Zealand Transport Agency. The Transport Agency has a statutory role of assisting and advising approved organisations (usually local government) and approving procurement procedures. Following the introduction of the Land Transport Management Act a review of existing public transport legislation took place leading to the introduction of the Public Transport Management Act early in 2009. This paper discusses the role of procurement strategies in obtaining value for money objectives for public transport services within the new legislative environment. A case study of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Procurement Strategy for bus and ferry services is presented to demonstrate the usefulness of strategic thinking.


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