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Soil Conservation Strategy


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RFx ID : 25491669
Tender Name : Soil Conservation Strategy
Reference # : 21/25
Open Date : Friday, 4 March 2022 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date  : Friday, 1 April 2022 4:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Tender Type : Request for Tenders (RFT)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 77000000 - Environmental Services
  • New Zealand
Exemption Reason : None
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : John Ballinger
027 620 6479
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Northland has major erosion issues, with over 60% of the region and 40% of the region’s grazing land classified as highly erodible. Consequently, the most significant water quality pollutant in Northland is the elevated levels of suspended and deposited sediment in our streams, rivers, and estuaries. Given the significant impact sediment can have on Northland’s waterways, Northland Regional Council (NRC) has developed a target of having one-third of Northland’s high-risk, erosion-prone land under soil conservation management by 2031.

The Northland Regional Council developed a soil conservation strategy in 2017 to support Long Term Plan objectives to reduce soil erosion through the development of farm environment plans, stock exclusion fencing and poplar and willow planting. Since 2017, the regulatory landscape has changed, particularly with freshwater farm plans becoming a regulatory requirement and a shift in the focus of the agriculture sector’s contribution to climate change. Furthermore, key learnings from the council’s soil conservation programme indicate that there is a need to diversify the land treatments available to landowners, to enable treatment options to be better tailored to specified sites.

For these reasons, the soil conservation strategy needs to be updated to provide an evidence-based approach to support future investment towards the soil conservation programme and enable council to better integrate its soil conservation programme with other regional and national initiatives. These include the Kaipara Moana Remediation entity, NRCs climate change strategy, integration with Freshwater Farm planning regulations, supporting the implementation of Te Mana o te Wai and the implications of climate change regulation on the agricultural sector.

NRC has obtained funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries to support the development of a strategy. The total budget for the project is c.$90k. This Request for Tender (RFT) document seeks the services of a consultant to work alongside NRC staff to develop a strategy.

RFx Outcome

No Winner NRC staff initiated a tender process for the procurement of the NRC Soil Conservation Strategy earlier this year. The procurement involved an open tender process, with the opening occurring 5 April 2022. Three valid tenders and one void response were received. A panel of 4 staff had serious concerns with all three tenders due to their shortcomings either in strategy development or technical expertise. For this reason, all tenders were rejected and direct negotiation with the tender that is considered most acceptable was initiated.