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.

Hokitika Waitaha TMA

The Hokitika Waitaha TMA covers 61,270 ha south of the Hokitika River between the Main Divide and the coast. The area includes the Ross township, Rangitoto, Purcell and Bonar Ranges and the Waitaha Valley. It also includes the Mikonui, Kakapotahi and Waitaha River catchments.

The habitat is mixed farmland, coastal pakihi wetlands and podocarp forest. Altitudes range from sea level to 1000 metres.

History of TB and pest control in Hokitika Waitaha

The Hokitika Waitaha has a history of TB infection in local wildlife and cattle herds. Direct contact with TB infected possums led to infected cattle herds in recent years.

We completed:

  • aerial possum control in 2018 in the Mikonui North and South areas, and
  • ground-based possum control in:
    • 2019/2020 in the Waitaha and Mikonui-Totara blocks, and
    • 2020/2021 in the Waitaha block.

Current state

There is currently 1 infected herd in this TMA.

If you're moving animals

The Hokitika Waitaha 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.

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 Hokitika Waitaha 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
Ground control2021/202213,500haMikonui-Totara Valley, Waitaha
Ground control2022/202318,000haMikonui-Totara Valley, Waitaha


Vector Free Marlborough Limited manage eradication activities in the Hokitika Waitaha TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.

Vector Free Marlborough Limited
Phone: 0508 548 008

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Christchurch.

OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Christchurch 8440
Phone: 03 363 3090