Project and Programme Management Panel

Closed 29 May 2023

Opened 1 May 2023


The Ministry of Education is consulting on a single, mandatory Project and Programme Management Panel for School and Ministry-led property projects and programmes. We are seeking opportunities to improve procurement of project managers to better provide consistent quality, value for money and broader outcomes.  

The Ministry provisions for and spends about $1.5 billion annually on infrastructure projects nationally, spread across more than 5,000 projects. A key enabling feature of each project or programme is the procurement of a project/programme manager (PM) to plan, deliver, control and close the project/programme. 

The Ministry has multiple Project Management panels for various needs. Our aim is to bring these into one, fit- for-purpose and easy to use panel of pre-qualified suppliers that can service a diverse portfolio of works.  These range from low through to high complexity projects/programmes that support schools nationally or within a region.  

The single panel will contain suppliers with local, regional and national capability as well as suppliers with different qualifications and experience to support low, medium or high-risk projects and work programmes.  Suppliers who are experienced and qualified in delivering Kura Kaupapa Māori projects will also be indicated.   

The new Project and Programme Management Panel will replace the Major and Minor Project Management panels and will be the single panel from which to engage project or programme managers. 

The consultation closes on May 29, 2023. 

Read the consultation document 

Project Management Panel Renewal: Strawperson (English)

Whakahou Paewhiri Whakahaere Kaupapa: Kaikanohi (te reo)

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Summary of next steps

  • Now to June 2023 : Stakeholder engagement and feedback, scope finalisation
  • August to October 2023 : Formal engagement with suppliers via procurement process
  • March 2024 : Award of new contracts
  • April 2024 : Commencement of new panel arrangement

How you can provide feedback 

The consultation will run from May 1 to May 29. Once you’ve read the consultation document, you can provide feedback via our online survey in the link below. There are also four, online hui opportunities for discussion and questions – two for schools and two for project managers. You can register for one of the hui by using the links under Register for an online hui. Attendance at a hui is optional.  

Register for an online hui

May 9, 10am – project managers 

May 11, 4pm – schools 

May 16, 4pm – project managers 

May 18, 10am – schools  

Why your views matter

You may agree or you may think differently. This consultation is your chance to share your views, concerns and ideas with us. We are keen to hear from everyone with an interest including: 

  • Project managers of school-led and Ministry-led infrastructure projects 
  • Schools, including property managers and board members 
  • Industry association representatives 
  • Architects, designers, builders and other construction professionals 

We encourage you to share this consultation opportunity with anyone you believe may have a view or interest in our project management procurement process. Following the consultation period, a summary of feedback and final decisions will be shared.