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The current round of Facilities Maintenance (FM) contracts concluded in December 2005 with the award of the RNZAF Base Auckland contract to PAE. This ends a process that started in early 2003 with a strategy paper outlining experiences on past contracts, what they had achieved and where future contracts should head. This spawned the latest generation FM Contracts and tendering methodologies applied at both RNZAF Base’s Ohakea and Auckland. RNZAF Base Auckland previously had eight contracts that needed to be considered.

As part of the overall strategy and to ensure value for money, contracts were based on tendering four separate contracts simultaneously. These consisted of: a Trade Works & Grounds contract, a Cleaning Hygiene & Pest Control contract, a Waste Management contract, and a Consolidated contract (that included all elements of three individual contracts). The resulting award of the Consolidated Contract to PAE provided the best business solution at RNZAF Base Auckland (it is of note that the reverse business solution was taken at Base Ohakea where the three individual contracts were accepted.)

PAE’s success in competitively tendering for the consolidated contract at RNZAF Base Auckland also brings with it the end of an era. Transfield Services (previously Serco until being purchased by Transfield) has been serving Base Auckland since the demise of the Ministry of Works, having successfully tendered for the key FM contracts from that time. Transfield Services has performed well during its tenure at Base Auckland and the RNZAF thank it and the staff for the service provided over that time. Transfield Services will continue to be involved with the RNZAF through successfully retaining the recently tendered Trade Works & Grounds contract at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

PAE is delighted by its success in winning the RNZAF Base Auckland contract and adding to its portfolio of contracts undertaken for the New Zealand Defence Force. PAE’s General Manager, Philip Orchard said “We value our very close relationship with the New Zealand Defence Force, which complements PAE’s worldwide relationships with other Defence Forces and the United Nations.” In addition the win significantly increases PAE’s

AIR CDRE Peter Stockwell and General Manager of PAE NZ Ltd sign the new facilities contract , watched by SQNLDR Paul Robertson (rear left) and Director of Support Services Mr Ian Brunton.

presence in the Auckland market, an area in which PAE is keen to achieve further significant growth.

As an existing provider of services to the RNZAF, with its consolidated Base Woodbourne contract, PAE is confident that it can apply its knowl- edge and skills to provide a high level of service for Base Auckland.

Even before the contract was signed PAE’s transition team, comprising its experienced defence contract managers, was on the ground in Auckland starting the transition process. PAE has been delighted by the welcome and assistance it has received from the RNZAF Base Auckland team. PAE is confident that channels of communication essential for a healthy partnership between RNZAF and PAE in Auckland are already being established. PAE took over the FM Services at RNZAF Base Auck- land on 4 January 2006.


CDT W/O Laura Pothan of Invercargill toppped her unit in 2005 and was also was awarded an Air Cadet Commendation by the Commandant NZCF. The citation read, in part; ‘Cadet Warrant Officer Pothan’s contribution and commitment to No. 12 (City of Invercargill) Squadron, Air Training Corps and the NZ Cadet Forces has been outstanding. She sets and maintains high personal standards and has maintained an unparalleled level of attendance at Unit parades and activities during her time in the Unit, often going the ‘extra mile’ without being asked to and without expecting reward or acknowledgement. Cadet Warrant Officer Pothan is an excellent ambassador for her Unit, the Air Training Corps and the wider NZ Cadet Forces.’

LEFT: Southern Area Co-ordinator, W/O Buzz Harvey presents CDT W/O Laura Pothan with three trophies at her ATC Squadron’s end of year prizegiving. These trophies are (from left); the Squadron Premier Cadet trophy, the K. Ramsey Air Race Trophy for Best Team Effort and the Waterson Trophy for Leadership.



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