In a genuine emergency, agencies may be permitted to forego routine procurement procedures for goods or services that are urgently required to provide emergency assistance or relief. The definition of what constitutes an emergency and the options available to agencies are contained in the following guidance:
The following advisory note was issued in response to the Canterbury earthquake in February 2011. This advisory note has now lapsed as agencies have moved beyond the immediate disaster response and are no longer providing short-term disaster relief.
Most Public Service procurement activities relating to the Canterbury earthquake response are now coming from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), which has dedicated legislated emergency powers.