We’re using technology in different ways to help deliver ongoing procurement improvements. The Supplier Portal is an example of how we can use technology to help Council and suppliers connect outside of a formal tender process.
The Supplier Portal is part of our COVID-19 response
We know many suppliers have had a tough time in the last few years – especially smaller, local suppliers. Council has developed a large work programme to help stimulate our local economy after the impacts of the pandemic, and to build resilience. We want to connect and interact effectively with suppliers, and provide opportunities for recovery and growth.
We’d like to be a customer of choice
We want to make it easy for suppliers to “get a foot in the door” and deal with us. Having an easy way to connect with suppliers is a great start.
We need the best outcomes we can get from our procurement activity
We want suppliers to be well informed and supported in a procurement process, and we want to expand our knowledge of supplier markets.
We want to use procurement to contribute to the wellbeing of our community
We have a vision of a Kāpiti with a thriving environment, vibrant economy and strong communities. For procurement activity this means we’ll look for ways to achieve broader outcomes to improve social, economic, cultural or environmental wellbeing. We’ll use this Supplier Portal to share information about how we’ll do this, and to better understand the capabilities and interest of a range of suppliers, including Māori and Pasifika suppliers, social enterprises, local and regional suppliers and small to medium enterprises.
The role of Council and its suppliers
Our role as the Kāpiti Coast District Council is to lead and represent our community, and to enable democratic local decision-making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the Kāpiti Coast. We:
facilitate solutions to local needs
advocate on behalf of the local community with central government, other local authorities and other agencies
develop local resources
manage local infrastructure including network infrastructure (roads, sewage disposal, water, stormwater) and community infrastructure (libraries, parks and recreational facilities)
carry out environmental management
plan for the future needs of the district.
We can’t do this alone – and that’s where our suppliers come in. Our Long-term Plan outlines a wide range of projects and initiatives we wish to progress. This involves a substantial increase in our average annual spending to $75.1 million, compared to an average of $23.2 million in the preceding three years. There’s a mix of large-scale work across the district and smaller projects as well. For example, upgrades to our stormwater network and drinking water infrastructure, park development projects, and initiatives to reduce climate change impacts.