Buying goods and services for schools

Find links to our advice on buying goods and services for schools.

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Inform

  • Principals and Tumuaki,
  • Staff responsible for buying in schools
  • Boards

By buying smartly, schools can save money and time, while also reducing risk.

General buying advice

The basics

 

Buying basics
Conflicts of interest

 

The buying process

 

Running a competitive buying process
Writing a specification of requirements
Evaluating a supplier’s offer

 

Buying collaboratively

 

Collaborative contracts explained
Buying with other schools
Sharing staff members across schools

 

Understanding contracts

 

Key contract considerations
Managing contracts
Contract registers

 

The above advice relates to buying goods and services for schools. For buying construction works and construction related services for school property, the school property procurement framework applies.

School property procurement framework

Buying advice for common goods and services

Find advice on buying specific categories of goods and services.

Buying advice for common categories

The goods and services listed on the above page are popular categories including:

Office supplies
Print technology and associated services (PTAS)
Vehicles
Cleaning services
Electricity supply

Engagement and events

The Schools Buying team are running virtual Buying 101 sessions over Zoom.

Staff who are responsible for buying at schools are encouraged to join a session and get advice on achieving the maximum value from purchases.

Upcoming Buying 101 sessions will soon be confirmed.

Contact school.buying@education.govt.nz to register interest in future sessions.

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