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.

Southern Paparoa Range TMA

Most of the Southern Paparoa TMA is made up of public conservation land with some private properties. The area covers 30,350 ha extending over the southern part of the Paparoa Range to Coal Creek and includes the coastal farmlands and adjacent bush in the Barrytown area. It also includes the area south of Runanga to the Grey River downstream of Taylorville, taking in lower Coal, Bridge and Sulky Creeks and the Twelve Apostles Range behind Cobden.

History of TB and pest control in the Southern Paparoa Range TMA

The Southern Paparoa Range TMA has a long history with TB infection in livestock. TB was recently found in possums and pigs.

We completed ground-based possum control in:

  • the Barrytown West block in 2017/2018
  • the Coal Creek block in 2019
  • Coal Creek, Barrytown West and the Southern Paparoa Range in 2019/2020, and
  • Coal Creek, Barrytown West and the Southern Paparoa Range in 2020/2021.

We undertook aerial possum control in 2017 across the Southern Paparoa Range.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in this TMA.

If you're moving animals

The Southern Paparoa Range TMA is in the West Coast Movement Control Area. 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 Southern Paparoa Range 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.

The proposed boundaries for aerial operations will be refined after consultation with landowners and affected parties. 

Type of controlWhenCoverageWhere
Aerial control2022/202312,800haSouthern Paparoa Range
Ground control2022/2023500haSouthern Paparoa Range
Ground control2023/20248700haBarrytown West, Coal Creek, Southern Paparoa Range


Vector Control Services manage eradication activities in the Southern Paparoa Range 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
Christchurch 8440
Phone: 03 363 3090