Competitive tendering in New Zealand: evolving policies and experience

Passenger transport in New Zealand was 'deregulated' from 1 July 1991. While in many respects the NZ 'deregulation' legislation is modelled on the 1985 UK Transport Act, there are a number of important regulatory differences and substantial differences in the market and financial environments. As a result, only around 15% of NZ's urban passenger transport services were registered to be provided commercially from July 1991, as compared with about 85% in the UK following deregulation. The remainder of the NZ services are being provided through a competitive tendering process, which took place in February-May 1991. It is evident that this process is central to the overall success (or otherwise) of 'deregulation' in NZ. This paper describes the principles and approach adopted by Transit NZ (the central government agency) in developing competitive tendering procedures (building on experience of other countries), and the way that these principles have been translated into practice by regional councils, which are the main tendering authorities. It also reports on the experience and results from the first tendering round, recently completed.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 71-121
  • Monograph Title: Do modernist researchers know what postmodern users' want?
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue Number: Part 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 646054856
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:00PM