Information for property suppliers

Find out about New Zealand's school property portfolio, how funding works, and project management and procurement processes.


About the school property portfolio

New Zealand’s school property portfolio is a significant Crown asset. The Ministry of Education is responsible for managing the $30 billion (replacement value) property estate of around 2,100 state schools, more than 15,000 school buildings and 8,000 hectares of land.

Approximately 70% of projects are led by the Ministry, who is the client and buyer of services. The remaining projects are led by schools, where services are engaged by a Board of Trustees and managed by a Project Manager appointed by the school.

Property projects managed by schools

Funding for maintaining and modernising school property is provided directly to state schools’ boards of trustees to be used for:

  • replacing building components (e.g. roofing)
  • replacing plant and equipment (e.g. boilers)
  • minor weathertightness repairs
  • general maintenance (e.g. building cleaning and painting)
  • modifications to create flexible learning spaces.

To guide the effective use of this funding, each school prepares a 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) which is updated and agreed with the Ministry every five years.

Read more about the procurement process for school property projects:

Property projects managed by the Ministry

Funding for redevelopment and expansion of the school estate is managed directly by the Ministry’s Capital Works teams.

Capital Works funding is used for:

  • new schools
  • rebuilds of existing schools 
  • redevelopments
  • building improvements
  • remediating weathertightness issues
  • earthquake strengthening
  • roll growth
  • Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme

Read more about how the Ministry funds schools to build new property and maintain existing property:

Our contracts

Please the following links for further information and guidance around contracts:

Supplier panels

The Ministry has established a range of supplier panels to make the tender process faster and easier, and to reward high performing suppliers with more opportunities.

Project Management Panel – a national panel of suppliers covering regions and value bands for major and minor projects. The panel is available for use by both schools and Ministry led projects.

Construction Directory – a national panel of suppliers by region, value band, project type and delivery method for construction projects over $500,000 (capital works). This directory is available for use by Ministry led projects only. All projects will be tendered to Directory suppliers in the first instance.

Construction project pipeline

A forward pipeline of capital works projects is available for suppliers to view and prepare for upcoming tender opportunities.

Christchurch Schools Rebuild projects are excluded from the Construction Directory, as these will continue to be delivered through established construction panels. For more information see:

Current tenders

Open tenders for school property projects are advertised on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS). The purpose of the site is to promote open, fair competition for New Zealand Government contract opportunities. 

Visit the GETS website for current education project tenders and our Notices of Intent: 

Becoming a supplier

For information on how to become a construction supplier, please download the following guide:

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