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 Coastal Karamea TMA covers 47,940 ha north of Ngakawau and encompasses developed farmland in Karamea, Seddonville and Corbyvale. The area includes Market Cross, Little Wanganui, the start of the Heaphy and Wangapeka tracks and the Old Ghost Road.
The habitat is made up of riparian margins, wetlands, coastal verges and patches of native forest surrounded by steep faces of beech. The area includes some large private bush blocks, a game hunting estate and numerous lifestyle blocks. Altitudes range from sea level to 600 metres.
The Coastal Karamea TMA has a long history of TB infection in both wildlife and livestock. TB-infected possums were found in 2012 and more were found beyond the extent of the previous aerial operations. In the past, up to 23 of the 64 herds in this TMA have been infected at the same time.
The area has received both ground and aerial control for a number of years. There are areas where possums and disease seem to persist. We completed ground-based possum control in:
There is currently 1 infected herd within Karamea.
The Coastal Karamea TMA is in the West Coast Movement Control Area (MCA). Before you move cattle or deer to another herd or farm, you must have them tested for bovine TB.
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 Coastal Karamea 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||2021/2022||20,600ha||Karamea, Karamea East, Seddonville West|
|Aerial control||2022/2023||29,100ha||Karamea East, Karamea South|
|Ground control||2022/2023||700ha||Karamea East|
|Ground control||2023/2024||20,700ha||Karamea, Karamea East, Seddonville West|
The proposed boundaries for aerial operations will be refined after consultation with landowners and affected parties.
Vector Control Services manage eradication activities in the Coastal Karamea TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Vector Control Services
Phone: 0508 141 268
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Christchurch.
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090