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Join Kōwhai Park

Christchurch Airport would like to hear from any organisations that, like us, want to do their bit to help New Zealand decarbonise.

It may be that you’re looking for a site for a renewable energy generation project or that you’re looking for a resilient supply of green energy. Either way, we’d love to hear from you.


Be part of the team sustainably powering future generations

The application process to select organisations interested in Kōwhai Park will follow a multi-staged procurement process.

Stage 1: Invitation to Qualify (ITQ)

The first stage involves an open invitation to apply to be included in Christchurch Airport’s pre-qualified supplier list.

This will be published on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).

If you are interested in being involved in the project, you will need to prepare a short, high-level submission.

Our aim at this stage is to ensure we are engaging with the right organisations and that those who proceed to Stage 2 are aligned with the scope and ambition of Kōwhai Park.

During this stage, our team will also be finalising a scoping study and demand profile information that will be released as part of Stage 2.

All of the information and updates you'll need to prepare your submission are available via GETS.

Stage 2: Expressions of Interest (EOI)

If you meet the requirements of the ITQ, you'll be invited to prepare an EOI submission.

At this stage, we'll have more information available based on the conclusion of our scoping study and the demand profile information we gathered during Stage 1.

This stage is intended to provide you with an opportunity to confirm your interest and prepare a more detailed submission outlining your experience, as well as the team you would use to deliver your Kōwhai Park proposal or your future clean energy requirements.

Following an assessment of all submissions, we will select a shortlist to progress to the next (and final) stage of the procurement process.

Stage 3: Request for Proposals and/or Direct Negotiation

It is anticipated that the final stage of the procurement process will follow one of two pathways, in order to determine the appropriate number of parties to take forward as ‘preferred respondents’:

  • Option 1 – Request for Proposals (RFP): It is anticipated that the submissions prepared by any shortlisted parties will provide details on their solution proposal, timing, and/or any relevant commercial information; or
  • Option 2 – Direct Negotiation: At the end of the EOI process, we might have enough information to negotiate directly with any (or all) shortlisted parties to agree the distribution of land packages and discuss the commercial aspects of their proposals.

Stage 4: Project Delivery and Operation

This stage will involve the successful respondents delivering their proposal for allocated land packages within Kōwhai Park, through to operation.

Find out more

Overview

Phase One is planned as a solar array larger than any other in New Zealand currently. However, Kōwhai Park is much more than solar.

Rationale

Kōwhai Park will provide a resilient supply of clean energy which New Zealand needs to lead the world in decarbonising through electrification.

FAQ

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Contact us

If you have a question about Kōwhai Park, please feel free to contact the Christchurch Airport team.