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 West Coast Divide TMA covers 167,900 ha from the Upper Grey River to the Hokitika and Mungo Rivers. The area includes Hochstetter Forest and the catchments of the Haupiri, Waiheke, Tutikuri, Trent and upper Taramakau Rivers. It also includes the Alexander, Kelly, Aicken, Campbell, Bald, Newton and Toaroha Ranges.
The habitat includes podocarp and beech forests with some patches of scrub, with alpine and subalpine plant types at higher altitudes. Altitudes range from 100 metres to 2000 metres.
Recent wildlife surveys confirmed TB presence in the possum populations in the Waiheke, Haupiri and Upper Taramakau Catchment areas. TB has also been found in wild deer and West Coast strains of TB have shown up in the Canterbury side to the east of this TMA.
We completed aerial possum control in:
We undertook ground-based possum control in:
Some areas such as Newton Range and Upper Kokatahi have had very little or no control.
As a direct result of contact with infected wildlife there are infected herds in this TMA.
The West Coast Divide 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 West Coast Divide 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||12,500ha||Taramakau Valley, Upper Ahaura North, Nancy, Upper Ahaura South|
|Aerial control||2022||98,000ha||Otira, Taipo South|
|Ground control||2022/2023||12,800ha||Taramakau Valley, Upper Ahaura North|
Vector Free Marlborough manage eradication activities in the Southern Paparoa Range 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
Phone: 03 363 3090