How we work with the Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC is New Zealand's environmental agency, responsible for protecting native wildlife and overseeing the management of the conservation estate. About a third of New Zealand’s land area and its natural and historical resources is managed by DOC. Controlling destructive predators is crucial to this work.

We work with DOC to deliver the Battle for our Birds/Tiakina Ngā Manu national predator control programme that protects New Zealand's most vulnerable native species. The objectives of this programme are to:

  • prevent local extinction of the most vulnerable species
  • minimise predator damage to valuable ecosystems
  • improve efficacy and efficiency of pest management to control rodents and mustelids.

Various methods are used to control pest numbers, including the aerial distribution of 1080 toxic baits. This method is suited to New Zealand conditions for controlling a range of pests, especially possums, rats and stoats. Our expertise in predator control for TB eradication continues to help DOC deliver their campaign. 

How we work with the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP)

The RMPP is a Primary Growth Partnership programme working to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability. 

Funded by meat processors, banks, Beef+Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries, RMPP works with farmers and sector businesses to develop, test and introduce new ideas, new technology solutions and new ways of working.

OSPRI has worked closely with RMPP developing technology that enables farmers to complete and submit animal status declaration (ASD) forms electronically by smartphone or online. ASD forms are required under the Animal Products Act 1999 to accompany livestock in transit.

The eASD has the potential to offer New Zealand advantages in animal product traceability and market access while increasing efficiency and reducing administration in livestock industries.

How we work with councils

The successful implementation of New Zealand's TBfree programme requires collaboration with regional councils for the administration of local pest control, consents and work on council property.

Changes to the funding model for the TB plan mean regional councils are no longer direct funders of the programme. However, OSPRI continues to engage with councils to identify opportunities to work with the local government sector.