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 Westland TMA covers 114,830 ha between the Taramakau and Hokitika Rivers. The area includes Waimea Forest, Hokitika township and south to the Totara Lagoon, Kumara, Kawhaka, Arahura, Lake Kaniere, Kokatahi and Kowhitirangi.
The habitat is farmland interspersed by steep terraces and ridges covered with native and exotic forest and scrub. Altitudes range from sea level to 1450 metres.
The Westland TMA has a long history with TB infection in both local wildlife and cattle herds. TB infected wildlife has historically been found along the Hokitika River, along the bush edge of Kokatahi and in the Arahura Valley. There have been many infected herds in this area in recent times because of wildlife-related infections.
We completed ground-based possum control in:
Aerial operations date back to 2011 in the Blue Spur area and 2012 in The Hokitika West and Kokatahi areas.
There are currently no infected herds in the Westland TMA.
The Westland 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 Westland 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||28,900ha||Kokatahi West, Kowhitirangi West, Milltown North, Taipo|
|Aerial control||2021/2022||13,500ha||Taipo South|
|Ground control||2022/2023||15,200ha||Hokitika South, Kokatahi West, Taipo|
|Ground control||2023/2024||51,700ha||Arahura, Hokitika South, Kokatahi West, Kowhitirangi West, Kumara Junction, Milltown North, Taipo|
Vector Free Marlborough Limited manage eradication activities in the Westland 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