Helping to deliver better public services

Chapman Tripp is a trusted advisor to a large range of Crown entities across every tier of the public sector.

Our multi-disciplinary government sector team works with public sector entities on the full spectrum of issues ranging from day-to-day commercial, contracting, property, procurement, compliance and other business-as-usual matters (including data use and privacy and the Official Information Act) through to high value contracts and commercial transactions (including for major ICT and construction projects) and disputes.

Our lawyers are recognised market leaders in complex and novel projects and transactions in the public sector. Current and recent work includes significant infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships (PPPs) and spanning all major sectors outlined in the 2015 National Infrastructure Plan (transport, telecommunications, energy, water and social infrastructure) and the Christchurch rebuild.

We also advise on outcomes-based contracting models and commissioning aimed at helping government to deliver better services and improved social outcomes, including 'pathfinder projects' like social bonds, Whānau Ora commissioning agency arrangements and the development of the Streamlined Contracting Framework for use with NGOs.

We provide advice and guidance on the development of statutory decision-making frameworks to minimise the chances of successful legal challenge, often in high profile or challenging circumstances.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • EQC in all aspects of the services it has delivered, and the myriad of issues it has faced, following the Canterbury earthquakes. This has included all of the associated court proceedings, as well as seeking declaratory judgements on a range of matters
  • Ōtākaro Limited on its establishment and assumption of responsibility for anchor projects relating to the Christchurch earthquake rebuild from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
  • the NZ Transport Agency, as part of the ‘True North Alliance’, on the procurement phase of the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford motorway north of Auckland, which is proceeding as a PPP. This results from our previous work during the environmental consenting phase of the project as part of the ‘Further North Alliance’ – which successfully secured all required resource management approvals for the construction and operation of the project
  • the Ministry of Health on the circa $1b redevelopment of the Burwood and Christchurch Hospitals (involving demolition, refurbishment and new build), collectively New Zealand's largest ever health facility construction programme
  • Te Puni Kōkiri on its procurement of, and its ongoing outcomes based contracts with, three NGO commissioning agents for Whānau Ora, responsible for commissioning programmes aimed at achieving better outcomes for Māori and Pacific families
  • the Ministry of Education on its schools construction programme run by its Education Infrastructure Service and its National Transportables Programme for the procurement of transportable modular classrooms – a major project in which private sector providers are undertaking the design, construction, delivery, management and maintenance of the Ministry’s entire portfolio of relocatable classrooms

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