Eradicating bovine TB in NZ

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 Outram Maungatua TMAThe Outram Maungatua TMA

The Outram Maungatua TMA covers 34,900 ha extending from south of Dunedin city to the northern shores of Lake Waihola. It includes part of the Taieri Plains and extends up and over Maungatua in the west.

With the low-lying farmland of the plains, the scrubby faces of Maungatua and higher altitude farming towards Lee Stream, this TMA holds varied possum habitat and some places that are difficult to access.

History of TB and pest control in Outram Maungatua

The Outram Maungatua TMA has a long history with TB infection. Both wildlife and cattle herds have been frequently infected since TB was established in the 1980s. This TMA previously served as a buffer to the spread of wildlife infection on the Otago Peninsula.

Ground-based possum control has been completed throughout the whole TMA. In recent years this included ground control in:

  • Mosgiel in 2013/2014
  • the Maungatua and Outram Horsehoof blocks during 2016/2017, and
  • the Maungatua block in 2019/2020.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in the Outram Maungatua TMA.

If you're moving animals

Parts of the Outram Maungatua TMA are in the Coastal/Central Otago Movement Control Area (MCA). Before you move cattle or deer from these areas to another herd or farm, you must have them tested for bovine TB.

Future pest control operations

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 the Outram Maungatua TMA 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:

  • talk you through the specifics of each operation
  • explain what you need to do before the operations start
  • get your consent for the work to be done.


Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD manage eradication activities in the Outram Maungatua TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.

Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD
Phone: 0800 292 269

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Dunedin.

OSPRI Dunedin office
PO Box 5745
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058

Phone: 03 477 9829