Helping local businesses get ready to bid for work on new highway


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is inviting businesses in Manawatū and Tararua to two procurement information sessions this month, to help put them in a strong position to bid for work on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project.

Owner Interface Manager Lonnie Dalzell is encouraging businesses of all sizes to come along to the sessions to find out how the procurement process works so they’re well prepared when opportunities to bid for work on the project arise.

“We are committed to strengthening the local economy by building capability in the region’s small to medium enterprises,” Mr Dalzell says.

“The procurement process is pretty simple but it might be different to what some businesses have experienced before. The best thing is for people to come along and see what’s on offer and how their business could benefit.”

Work that local businesses could get involved in will vary depending on the needs of the project at different times, but is expected to include general site works, concreting, pavement construction, sign and barrier installation, road marking, retaining wall construction, street light installation, steel fabrication, planting, vegetation clearance, pest control, drainage, carpentry and traffic management.

The information sessions will be hosted by Te Ahu a Turanga procurement team and open to any local business that would like to know more about upcoming opportunities to provide goods or services to the project, how to apply for contracts and to register their interest.

“You’ll learn about the project’s procurement process, see what our documentation looks like and find out how to prepare a successful proposal. There’ll also be time for the procurement team to answer any questions,” Mr Dalzell says.

The procurement sessions will be held in:

  • Dannevirke – Monday 22 February, 5:15pm-7pm. Tararua REAP office, 16 Allardice St.
  • Palmerston North – Wednesday 24 February, 5:15pm-7pm. TMI, 140 – 148 Maxwells Line, Awapuni.

Tea, coffee, and a light snack will be provided. To RSVP or find out more, email

Further information evenings will be held in the next couple of months. Details of these will be shared once confirmed.

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