Buyers (government agencies)

Government agencies must increase the diversity of suppliers by changing their practices to increase procurement opportunities for Māori businesses. This approach aims to improve Māori participation in the economy and improve economic and social outcomes for the wider community.

Last updated: Friday, 28 October 2022 | Rāmere, 28 Whiringa ā-nuku, 2022

Are you a buyer?

If you are a mandated government agency you are a buyer for the terms of this policy.

See the list on the procurement website.  


Investing in our supplier diversity

Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are together supporting agencies to meet the requirements of the government procurement policy, agreed by Cabinet in November 2020.

Progressive procurement policy main features:

  • The definition of a Māori business is a Māori authority (as classified by the Inland Revenue Department) or a minimum 50% Māori ownership.
  • A target of 5 percent of the total number of buyer (mandated government agencies) procurement contracts are awarded to Māori businesses.
  • Intermediary organisations to act as a broker, matching and connection buyers and suppliers to realise procurement opportunities. Further, to assist with verifying supplier businesses as meeting the definition of Māori business.
  • Supporting sustainable, long term behavioural change of government agencies and businesses procurement practices.

Process for buyers: Getting match-fit

Tuatahi/1: Change
Promote supplier diversity by being willing to remove barriers and change behaviour to support the progressive procurement policy. To enable you to capture new suppliers that are Māori businesses from 1 July 2021, we recommend that you insert a Māori business identifier into your financial/contract management systems and tender documents.

Tuarua/2: Plan
Think about which of your current suppliers are Māori businesses.

Tuatoru/3: Procure
Ensure that procurement/contract opportunities are promoted to Māori businesses through GETS, agency websites, intermediaries or other appropriate channels in an open and transparent manner. Remember to ensure that processes are kept simple and truly reflect the value and complexity of the requirement. Experiment with agile and innovative ways to engage with Māori business that reduce the resources required to respond.

Tuawhā/4: Manage
Manage the contract and relationship with the Māori business to ensure successful delivery of the contract. This includes providing feedback for supplier growth and receiving feedback from your supplier.

Leading the mahi - Te Kupenga Hao Pāuaua

Te Kupenga Hao Pāuaua is the project team jointly led by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Its purpose is to prototype approaches to reduce barriers for Māori businesses to engage in government procurement processes and assist government agencies to implement the progressive procurement policy.

Translated Te Kupenga Hao Pāuaua means to cast the fishing net wide and be enterprising.

Te Kupenga Hao Pauaua supports government agencies by:

  • Providing agencies with the tools needed to be “match fit” to implement the policy and reporting requirements.
  • Providing agencies with opportunities to engage with Māori businesses to learn more about the services they provide.
  • Providing agencies with avenues to feedback to Te Kupenga Hao Pauaua on the barriers to the implementation of the policy.
  • Identifying what databases are available of Māori businesses and the sections and regions they cover.

Get in touch with the team

Supporting the kaupapa - Amotai  

Amotai, formerly known as He Waka Eke Noa, is the contracted intermediary organisation to support the initiative by matching government agencies and Māori businesses.

Amotai provides practical advice and support to buyer agencies so they can engage effectively with Māori businesses who are considering government procurement opportunities.

For advice and support for your agency, get in touch with the Amotai team at

Case Studies

Check out case studies showcasing government agencies using progressive procurement.

Agency data reporting

Download a summary of the overall provisional results for the progressive procurement reporting period from 1 July 2021 to 30 December 2021.

Download a summary of the overall provisional results for the progressive procurement reporting period from 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.

Resources for Buyers