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Demand assessment for new irrigation schemes in Northland

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RFx ID : 19417547
Tender Name : Demand assessment for new irrigation schemes in Northland
Reference # : 18/02
Open Date : Thursday, 1 February 2018 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date : Monday, 26 February 2018 4:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 70110000 - Horticulture
  • 70170000 - Water resources development and oversight
  • 80000000 - Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services
  • 81000000 - Engineering and Research and Technology Based Services
Regions:
  • Northland
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Darryl Jones
darrylj@nrc.govt.nz
09 470 1247
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :
Overview

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) requires analytical, business development, facilitation and stakeholder consultation services to undertake an assessment of the demand that the private sector has for the development of potential irrigation schemes in the mid-north of Northland. The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to select a supplier to provide the services based on an evaluation of proposals from relevant suppliers.

Following the completion of two studies on Northland irrigation opportunities NRC and the Crown now wish to determine what private sector demand and support there is for new irrigation infrastructure in Northland. This initial Phase 3 project (the subject of this RFP) is to determine the level of the execution potential of the most viable options identified in the first two studies and the willingness of the private sector to participate in developing one or more of them, prior to committing further public money to pre-feasibility work (which would be a future expanded Phase 3). The ‘private sector’ includes land owners (whether private individuals or multiple ownership models), companies that might purchase outputs produced because of new irrigation scheme development, hapu/iwi organisations, and high net worth individuals or institutional investors.

The services of a Business Development Manager (BDM) are necessary to illustrate the commercial horticulture opportunities to landowners and horticulture industry investors, before then seeking funding from these interests to help develop the irrigation opportunity. It is very likely that the BDM will need to pursue Joint Venture (JV) arrangements between land owners and investors from, for example, the citrus, kiwifruit, avocado, tamarillo and/or berry industries.

It is estimated that approximately $250 per irrigable hectare will be needed from horticulture investors and/or landowners to justify proceeding with pre-feasibility work. The total cost of the prefeasibility phase work is estimated to be in the order of $2 million. Approximately $500,000 of support is being sought from the private sector, with the remainder of funding anticipated to come from NRC and the Crown.