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 Tutaekuri-Waitara TMA

The Tutaekuri-Waitara TMA is in the Hawkes Bay region. The Te Hoe River is in the north, and it meets the Tutaekuri river in the south. The recreationally significant Mohaka River runs through the northern section of the TMA. The TMA also includes part of the Kaweka Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Much of this TMA is forested hill country with a low number of herds. The highest herd concentration is in the Waitara Valley area, which has beef breeding, meat production, and grazing herds.

History of TB and pest control in Tutaekuri-Waitara

This TMA has a long history of TB infection in local cattle herds. We've also found TB infection in local wildlife including pigs, ferrets and possums. TB infected pigs have been caught in Te Awahohonu and Makahu Inangatahi, and in the adjacent Waipunga area.

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 Tutaekuri-Waitara 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 progress towards eradicating TB.

We completed aerial control in the Waitara Valley area in 2017, and in the 2020/2021 year. We also did some ground control in areas around that aerial control block, to prevent possums moving into the area. The ground control operations used trapping and bait station methods to control the possum population.

Our other recent operations were:

  • ground control in Pakatutu and Makahu Inangatahi in 2020/2021
  • ground control in Tarawera in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021
  • aerial control in Te Awahohonu in 2020/2021.

Current state

We currently have a number of TB infected herds in the Tutaekuri-Waitara 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 the Tutaekuri-Waitara 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
Aerial control2021/20223,533haTutaekuri Mohaka
Ground control2021/202219,580haMakahu Inangatahi, Pakatutu, Tarawera, Waitara Valley
Aerial control2022/202318,165haMakahu Inangatahi, Pakatutu, Te Awahohonu, Waitara Valley
Ground control2022/202319,580haMakahu Inangatahi, Pakatutu, Tarawera, Waitara Valley
Ground control2023/202413,070haTarawera, Waitara Valley


EPRO Limited manage our pest control operations in Tutaekuri-Waitara. 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 Palmerston North.

OSPRI Palmerston North
PO Box 9078
Terrace End
Palmerston North 4441
Phone: 06 354 4786