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 Kaweka TMA

The Kaweka TMA includes parts of the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges that lie between Lake Taupō and Hawkes Bay. The TMA includes the Kaimanawa and Kaweka forest parks, which are on DOC land.

Vegetation in the TMA is varied, and includes:

  • alpine shrublands
  • tussock valleys
  • beech forests, and
  • regenerating mānuka and kānuka.

History of TB and pest control in Kaweka

We found TB infected pigs in the neighbouring TMA of Tutaekuri-Waitara in 2001/02. We also found several infected herds within the Kaweka area or close by, in both 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the Hawke's Bay region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Kaweka area to reduce the possum population. This will:

  • minimise the risk of the disease spreading through wild animal populations into farmed cattle and deer
  • ensure further good progress towards eradicating TB. 

There has been no control in this TMA over the past year.

Current state

There are no infected herds in the Kaweka TMA.

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 Kaweka 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
Aerial control2021/20224,467haGorge Stream


EPRO Limited manage our pest control operations in Kaweka. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.

EPRO Limited
Phone: 07 378 4852 / 0800 275 3776

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Hamilton.

OSPRI Hamilton office
PO Box 9466
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240
Phone: 07 849 8915