Requests for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Te Māngai Pāho is seeking Expressions of Interest from interested parties for the provision of an innovative software solution that can integrate with existing Punga Net network hardware (i.e., switches, audio routers) and provide a common studio operating platform that supports sharing, collaboration, communication, and distribution of multimedia content across the iwi radio network of 21 Māori (Iwi) Radio Stations.

The Punga Net system is an audio distribution network that distributes real-time broadcast-quality audio streams to 21 Iwi Radio Stations, and some external 3rd party organisations, around the country. The Punga Net enables all Stations to send and receive programmes to/from the network. Effectively this allows stations to share content across the network which has been a more cost-effective method of sharing programme and production costs.

Rolled out in 2001, the Punga Net has served the iwi radio network well over the years. However, evolving technology over the last twenty years has meant that the system is now well overdue for replacement. Change is necessary so that the Iwi Radio Network can utilise modern broadcasting and cloud computing technologies to keep up with the times and stay current.


What we are looking for:

  • Respondents that demonstrate a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.
  • Respondents with a high level of technical expertise and experience with large-scale network or cloud implementations.
  • Respondents with a high level of innovative and future-focused thinking.
  • Respondents or consortium partnerships that can demonstrate a solid understanding of Iwi Radio and/or Māori broadcasting and/or Māori media.
  • Respondents who can demonstrate experience in successfully engaging with Māori communities.

    Download the EOI document for more information (click here).

Applying Online

You must be registered with Te Pūahatanga, the online application system operated by Te Māngai Pāho, to register for the EOI process. Only EOI applications submitted through this portal will be considered. You can register at any time before the EOI closing date (21 February 2022) but we encourage Respondents to register well in advance of the EOI deadline. As part of the EOI process, Respondents will be required to complete an application in the TMP online application system. The application will require you to respond to a range of questions. You must answer all of these questions, as your EOI will be assessed against the responses you provide.

You can save your application at any time throughout the process and come back to it via your dashboard before the EOI deadline. Key ‘compliance’ information from your Registered Provider data will automatically populate your funding Application.

Consortium Bids

If you intend to respond to this EOI as part of a consortium bid, we request that you name all consortium partners in your application and also note which partner will be taking the lead. You must also identify each partner's specific expertise and what contribution/s they will make within your consortium bid.

All consortium partners must also register to Te Pūahatanga.


The key dates for the EOI and RFP rounds are outlined below:

14 February 2022 - EOI round opens
21 February 2022 - EOI round closes at 5:00 pm (NZ Standard Time)
9 March 2022 - RFP round opens
25 March 2022 - RFP round closes at 5:00 pm (NZ Standard Time)
22 April 2022 - the successful applicant will be notified


Lee Timutimu (Contracted manager of radio migration)

Carl Goldsmith (Kaitohutohu Matua – Ārahi Kaupapa)

All Questions and Answers will be posted to this page and circulated to applicants.