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 East Taupō TMA

This TMA is in the Waikato region, south of the Napier-Taupō Road (SH5) on the north eastern edge of Lake Taupō.

The TMA extends south down the shores of Lake Taupō, from Taupō township to the Hatepe village. The farmland of Taharua area is the eastern boundary, and the northern boundary extends to Iwitahi on SH5.

Most of the habitat is commercial pine forest.

History of TB and pest control in East Taupō

We’ve found many TB infected pigs, and a TB infected ferret, in the East Taupō TMA over the years. We've been doing regular possum control operations in the area since the early 2000s. This has:

  • kept the possum population low for the past 10 years
  • prevented TB migrating into East Taupō from adjacent areas.

In 2016 we completed aerial control of possums in both East Taupō (Te Arero) and East Taupō (Waitahanui). During this operation, sensitive areas close to Lake Taupō and Waitahanui received ground-based control using both bait stations and trapping methods.

Current state

There are no infected herds within the TMA, but infected wildlife is present in surrounding TMAs — in the Hatepe and Turangi areas, south of east Taupō.

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 East Taupō 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
Pig survey2021/202215,423haEast Taupo (Te Arero)


EPRO Limited manage our pest control operations in East Taupō. 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