Aerial control operation
Region
Operation factsheet
Proposed timing
1080 Applied
Status at 2021-11-29
Kokomoka
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
October 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Operational planning
Shag Forest
Otago
Proposed timing
April 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Operational planning
Poronui-Ripia — Hawke’s Bay
Proposed timing
August 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Buller South
West Coast
Proposed timing
July 2020
1080 Applied
12 Aug 2020
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Constitution Hill — North Canterbury
Proposed timing
September 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Inangahua East and West
West Coast
Proposed timing
May 2019
1080 Applied
25-26 July 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Waipunga 6
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
October 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Te Awahohonu-Ahimanawa — Northern Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
June 2020
1080 Applied
4-5 July 2020
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Willowflat
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
July/August 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Waitara Valley
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
July 2020
1080 Applied
10 July 2020
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Atarau South
West Coast
Proposed timing
July 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Hatepe 4
Waikato
Proposed timing
Spring 2019
1080 Applied
25 November 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Turangi B — Central North Island
Proposed timing
June 2021
1080 Applied
23 June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Waikoau
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
July/August 2021
1080 Applied
3 September 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Southern Remutaka
Wellington
Proposed timing
May 2022
Status at 2021-11-29
Consultation
South Westland Alps (Upper Wanganui)
West Coast
Proposed timing
February/March 2022
Status at 2021-11-29
Operational planning
Tararua Range — Southern North Island
Proposed timing
June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Partially completed: 1080 applied – treated area under caution
Timahanga — Western Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
September 2020
1080 Applied
4 November 2020
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Severn Low Sow (Molesworth Station)
Marlborough
Proposed timing
June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Takahiapo Takarere
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
May/June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Consultation
Bush Gully (Molesworth Station) — North Canterbury
Proposed timing
June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Pihanga/Kakaramea South
Waikato
Proposed timing
Autumn 2019
1080 Applied
24 June 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Radiant Range-Mokihinui
West Coast
Proposed timing
November 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Ianthe-One One
West Coast
Proposed timing
October 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Upper Awatere South 1
Marlborough
Proposed timing
May 2019
1080 Applied
8-9 June 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Southern Ruapehu — Central North Island
Proposed timing
Winter/Spring 2019
1080 Applied
18-19 Sept 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Clarence Valley — North Canterbury
Proposed timing
May 2019
1080 Applied
25-26 July 2019
Status at 2021-11-29
Operation complete
Tutaekuri Mohaka
Hawke's Bay
Proposed timing
September 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
Consultation
Tarndale (Molesworth Station)
Marlborough
Proposed timing
June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Saxton Strip Sow (Molesworth Station)
Marlborough
Proposed timing
June 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution
Yarra/Five Mile (Molesworth Station)
Marlborough
Proposed timing
October 2021
Status at 2021-11-29
1080 applied – treated area under caution

Status key

Consultation

We consult widely with landowners and land users affected by TBfree operations. We publish information about the timing and boundaries of aerial operations annually to allow any affected parties to have their say on how these operations are done.

Operational planning

As part of our planning process we consult with iwi, landowners and government agencies regarding access to land and identifying any exclusion areas. Operational planning also includes stakeholder meetings and Ministry of Health consent processes.

Notification

Ahead of any aerial operation, our contractors will notify all affected landowners and land users about the upcoming work, either in person or through published notices.

Pre-feed

The target pest control area is pre-fed with non-toxic cereal baits. Pre-feeding familiarises possums with the baits and encourages them to find more of the same.

Partially completed: 1080 applied – treated area under caution

Signs communicating the risks to people and dogs when entering the operational area are placed at all likely access points. Key public tracks are checked as required by consent conditions, and we complete any required water monitoring. Warning signs remain in place until the operation reaches the 'Operation complete' status.

1080 applied – treated area under caution

Signs communicating the risks to people and dogs when entering the operational area are placed at all likely access points. Key public tracks are checked as required by consent conditions, and we complete any required water monitoring. Warning signs remain in place until the operation reaches the 'Operation complete' status.

Operation complete

Once an aerial operation is complete, a range of post-operational activity takes place. The first significant rain breaks down any residual baits into harmless substances, and tracks or other areas of high public use within the baited area are checked and cleared. The post-operation period will depend on weather conditions and the rate at which bait and carcasses have broken down. Warning signs will be removed – check guidance from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation before resuming normal activities in the area, such as food gathering.