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 and wildlife. Each TMA has a specific TB control plan designed to eradicate TB as effectively as possible.
The Kaikoura TMA covers 104,380ha along the coast from Conway to Clarence River. The area includes Kaikoura township and Puhi Puhi Valley. The habitat is varied, and includes:
Altitudes range from sea level up to the ridge line of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, with peaks between 1400 to 2300m. The lowest pass is approximately 950m.
The Kaikoura 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 in the past 5 years.
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 Kaikoura area to reduce the possum population. This will:
We last completed ground based possum control in 2020/2021 in the Hapuku Buffer and Kowhai Swyncombe areas. We also completed aerial possum control in the Kowahi Swyncombe block in 2016.
Pig surveys were last done in 2020/2021 in the Big Hau and Hapuku Buffer blocks, and in the Oaro block in 2018/2019.
Some areas, such as Big Hau, have had little to no control.
There are no infected herds in Kaikoura.
The Kaikoura TMA is in the Marlborough / North Canterbury Movement Control Area (MCA). That means TB testing is required for cattle and deer before they're moved to another herd or farm.
We plan our pest control operations up to 3 years in advance. The current year runs from July 2021 to June 2022.
Dates and control methods for pest control operations in Kaikoura 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||2021/2022||36,600ha||Hapuku Buffer, Kowhai Swyncombe|
|Ground control||2022/2023||400ha||Hapuku Buffer|
|Ground control||2023/2024||36,600ha||Hapuku Buffer, Kowhai Swyncombe|
Excell Biosecurity manages our pest control operations in Kaikoura TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 0508 392 355
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Christchurch.
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090