Christchurch Schools Rebuild (CSR) procurement

Rebuilding 115 schools in Christchurch is a unique opportunity that needs a unique procurement strategy to deliver the best outcome. Our procurement strategy is reducing tendering time and helping to complete projects on time and within budget.

About bundled projects

We're bundling the projects of different schools together. The benefits of bundling projects include:

  • reducing time and cost of tendering and negotiating
  • creating economies of scale
  • building relationships with providers so that we get a consistent and high standard of service
  • giving suppliers certainty of work over time.

These benefits are particularly important in Christchurch where the construction market is under more pressure as the city’s rebuild projects accelerate.

A key development principle is that bundles may vary in size. In this way, the full range of suppliers has an opportunity to participate.

Projects are either bundled:

  • vertically — where work happens at the same time
  • horizontally — where work flows from one project to the next.

The way we engage services for each bundle depends on the projects it contains.

About supplier panels

For the CSR programme, we generally engage suppliers through supplier panels rather than tendering services to the open market for every project.

All the supplier panels were themselves established through an open tender process. Suppliers on the panel aren't guaranteed work but may be invited to tender for CSR projects.

We'll only use alternative forms of procurement, such as open market tenders via GETS, if our existing panels are unable to provide the services.

For the Ministry, the benefits of this approach are that:

  • competition for CSR projects is tight
  • procurement time and cost are reduced
  • we can build close relationships with panel suppliers.

Panel members benefit from:

  • less onerous and costly tendering requirements
  • a clear work programme, which gives them time to plan for tendering and delivering services
  • ongoing work for those who perform well
  • opportunities to build and develop a relationship with the Ministry.

We review supplier panels regularly to check their performance and that we have access to a sufficient number of suppliers.

If you aren't a member of a CSR panel, but would still like to be a supplier, we encourage you to develop subcontractor relationships with panel members.

Construction Services Panel

Out of the total budget of $1.137 billion for the CSR programme, it's estimated that $650 million of construction works will be delivered through this panel. Some new builds and complete rebuilds may be delivered via other forms of procurement, including public-private partnerships, or procured separately due to specific project requirements.

The construction value of individual projects ranges from $500,000 to over $30 million. These projects include new schools, school rebuilds, redevelopments and repairs.

The panel has a term of 9 years. Its performance is reviewed every 3 years. The panel may be used in other regions if the need or opportunity arises.

Construction Services Panel members (projects under $8m):

  • Southbase Construction Ltd
  • Brosnan Construction Canterbury Ltd
  • City Care Ltd
  • Downer New Zealand Ltd
  • HRS Construction Ltd
  • Corbel Construction Ltd
  • Hann Construction Company Ltd
  • Watts & Hughes Construction Ltd.

Construction Services Panel members (projects over $8m):

  • Arrow International Ltd
  • Decmil Construction NZ Ltd
  • Hawkins Construction South Island Ltd
  • Leighs Construction Ltd
  • Naylor Love Ltd
  • Southbase Construction Ltd.

Professional Services Panel

The panel has a term of 10 years. Its performance is reviewed every 2 years.

Panel members come from a wide range of consultancy services. The following table shows the number of panel members and the types of services they provide. The number of members for each type of service has been set so that:

  • a sufficient number of suppliers are available for the rebuild programmes
  • there is a balance between the amount of work and competition for the work
  • members will be awarded projects frequently.

The number of Professional Services Panel members and their services:

Type of service

Number of panel members





Building services


Civil engineering


Fire engineering


Geotechnical engineering


Land surveyors


Quality surveyors


Structural engineering


Traffic planners


Download the full list of members of the Professional Services Panel:

Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme Professional Services Panel [PDF, 106 KB]


For any questions about the CSR programme procurement strategy, contact Nicholas Dye, National Procurement Manager – Capital Works.


Phone: +64 4 463 1563

For more general information on the programme email:

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