As part of our TBfree programme we deliver our pest control operations through a framework of TB management areas (TMAs). TMAs are areas with known TB infection in livestock or wildlife. Each TMA has a specific TB control plan designed to eradicate TB as effectively as possible.
The Clarence Reserve TMA covers 127,660 hectares at the northern end of the Canterbury region. It includes:
The habitat is river flats and rolling hills to high ridgelines, with scrub and bush-filled gullies, as well as areas of continuous bush. Altitudes range between sea level and 2500 metres.
The Clarence Reserve TMA has a long history of TB infection in local wildlife and cattle herds. Possums, ferrets and deer with TB have been found in this TMA.
Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the North Canterbury/Marlborough region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Clarence Reserve area to reduce the possum population. This will:
We completed ground-based possum control in:
We also completed:
There are no infected herds in the Clarence Reserve TMA.
The Clarence Reserve TMA is in the Marlborough/North Canterbury Movement Control Area. Before you move cattle or deer to another herd or farm, you must have them tested for bovine TB.
We plan our pest control operations up to 3 years in advance. The current year runs from July 2022 to June 2023.
Dates and control methods for pest control operations in Clarence Reserve are provisional and subject to change. If you’re affected by any upcoming operations, our pest control contractors will contact you before work begins. They will:
We will refine proposed boundaries for aerial operations after consulting with landowners and affected parties.
|Type of control||When||Coverage||Where|
|Ground control||2022/2023||17,100ha||Clarence East, Clarence Reserve, Kekerengu|
|Ground control||2023/2024||21,700ha||Clarence East, Clarence Reserve, Clarence West, Constitution Hill, Kekerengu, Upper Clarence, Waiautoa|
|Ground control||2024/2025||24,900ha||Clarence East, Kekerengu, Waiautoa|
|Aerial control||2022||26,800ha||Clarence Reserve, Clarence West, Kekerengu, Waiautoa|
The proposed areas for ground control are marked in green on the map, and the proposed area for aerial control is marked in yellow.
Interactive map showing Clarence Reserve TMA boundaries, Vector Control Zone, and proposed control areas
Vector Free Marlborough Limited manages aerial control operations and Excell Biosecurity manages ground control operations in the Clarence Reserve TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 0508 548 008
Phone: 0508 392 355
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090