straight into a govt service tender is straight in the deep end! Those processes can take a lot of time, require a lot of compliance which is typically tough for a business in its early development stages, and really accurate planning and costing – VERY tough in first stages. As some one who once won a $6m p.a. contract that caused us $6.5m worth of pain – not all business is good business!
But could also be a gold mine. I would try and find some one in your network who has been through that process before and ask for their assistance or perhaps some on in an adjacency you admire and could ask for some direction.
And as Sarah has suggested above, considering sharing more info on Manaaki and there may well be some one in the network who can help.
Good luck, Vicky