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 Kaikōura TMA covers 104,380 hectares along the coast from Conway to Clarence River. The area includes Kaikōura township and Puhi Puhi Valley. The habitat is varied, and includes:
Altitudes range from sea level up to the ridge line of the Seaward Kaikōura Range, with peaks between 1400 and 2300 metres. The lowest pass is approximately 950 metres.
The Kaikōura TMA has a long history of TB infection in local wildlife and cattle herds. We've found 2 infected herds in the Kowhai Swyncombe area since 2016.
Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the Canterbury/Marlborough region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Kaikōura area to reduce the possum population. This will:
Some areas, such as Big Hau, have had little to no control.
There are no infected herds in the Kaikōura TMA.
The Kaikōura 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 Kaikōura 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:
|Type of control||When||Coverage||Where|
|Ground control||2022/2023||23,200ha||Hapuku Buffer, Mt Alexander|
|Ground control||2023/2024||36,600ha||Hapuku Buffer, Kowhai Swyncombe|
|Pig survey||2023/2024||26,400ha||Big Hau, Hapuku Buffer, Oaro|
The proposed area for ground control is marked on the map in green.
Interactive map showing Kaikoura TB management area boundaries, Vector Control Zone, and proposed control areas
Excell Biosecurity manages eradication activities in the Kaikōura TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 0508 392 355
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090