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 or wildlife. Each TMA has a specific TB control plan designed to eradicate TB as effectively as possible.
The Buller TMA covers 172,900 hectares north of Reefton, between the northern end of the Paparoa Range and the Victoria Range. The area includes much of Inangahua, parts of the Buller River catchments, and the townships of Reefton, Cronadun and Inangahua. It also includes the Mackley and New Creek control areas.
The habitat is farmland interspersed with stands of kahikatea, willows, scrub and riparian margins. Altitudes range from several hundred metres up to 1500 metres.
The Buller TMA has a long history with TB infection in both local wildlife and cattle herds. Past infection in this area dates back to 2009. The most recent cases of TB infections were found in Buller’s wildlife and cattle herds in 2016.
We completed ground-based possum control in the:
We undertook aerial control in the:
Some areas, such as Victoria Forest Park, have had very little or no control.
There are no infected herds in the Buller TMA.
The Buller TMA sits across the Tasman/West Coast Movement Control Area (MCA) and the Tasman Biennial Special Testing Area (STA). Before you move cattle or deer to another herd or farm from an MCA, you must have them tested for bovine TB. If you're in an STA, you don't need to do pre-movement testing.
We plan our pest control operations up to 3 years in advance. The current year runs from July 2022 to June 2023.
Dates and control methods for pest control operations in the Buller 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:
|Type of control||When||Coverage||Where|
|Ground control||2022/2023||11,900ha||Inangahua, Ironbridge, Mackley, New Creek North, New Creek South|
|Ground control||2024/2025||20,800ha||Cronadun, Inangahua, Iron Bridge, Mackley, New Creek North, New Creek South|
|Aerial control||2024/2025||40,200ha||Inangahua East, Inangahua West|
The proposed area for ground control is marked on the map in green.
Interactive map showing Buller TMA boundaries, Vector Control Zone, and proposed control areas
Vector Free Marlborough manages eradication activities in the Buller TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 0508 548 008
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090