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.

A map showing the outline of the Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA

The Waitahuna Mahinerangi TB Management Area (TMA)

The Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA covers 115,673ha and encompasses the Glendhu and Berwick Forests, the surrounds of Lake Mahinerangi and the western shores of Lake Waihola.

The habitat is a mixture of improved farmland and commercial forestry.

History of TB and pest control in the Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA

The Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA has a long history with TB infection. TB was established in wildlife throughout the TMA in the late 1970s, and possum control in the 1990s successfully decreased the number of infected herds.

We carried out ground-based possum control in:

  • Berwick, Black Rock, Lawrence A and C, and Mahinerangi in 2016/2017, and
  • Berwick, Lawrence C, Mahinerangi, Tokomairiro River in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

We completed aerial possum control in:

  • the Berwick, Lawrence A, Mahinerangi, and Tokomairiro blocks in 2015/2016, and
  • Berwick Aerial in 2019/2020.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in the Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA.

If you're moving animals

Nearly all the Waitahuna Mahinerangi TMA is in the Coastal/Central Otago Movement Control Area (MCA). Before you move cattle or deer to another herd or farm, you must have them tested for bovine TB.

Herds within the Berwick and Tokomairiro Vector Control Zones don't need to be tested before you move the animals.

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 Waitahuna Mahinerangi 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.
Type of controlWhenCoverageWhere
Ground control2021/202226,400haBlack Rock
Ground control2022/202352,300haBlack Rock, Lawrence C, Mahinerangi, Tokomairiro River
Ground control2023/202452,300haBlack Rock, Lawrence C, Mahinerangi, Tokomairiro River
Ground control2024/202525,900haLawrence C, Mahinerangi, Tokomairiro River

Contacts

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

Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD
Phone: 0800 292 269
Email: lyndon@cwac.co.nz

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Dunedin.

OSPRI Dunedin office
PO Box 5745
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058

Phone: 03 477 9829
Email: cr_ssi@ospri.co.nz