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 boundary of the Central Wairarapa TMA is set by local geographical features.
The habitat is scattered except for the shrubland and bush on the foothills of the Tararua, Remutaka and Aorangi Ranges. Land use is predominantly agriculture, with some horticulture near Greytown, and viticulture around Martinborough.
The herds in the region are mainly beef breeding and meat production herds. There are also several dairy herds, generally situated in the lower valley on the productive low-lying land close to Lake Wairarapa.
The Central Wairarapa TMA has an extensive history of TB in cattle and deer herds. There was a high number of infected herds in the 1990s and early 2000s.
There is also a history of infected wildlife in the area.
Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the Manawatū-Whanganui region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Taihape area to reduce the possum population. This will:
Central areas of this TMA have been under control for 10 years or more. We've staggered control, with 2-3 years between ground control operations.
There are no infected herds in Central Wairarapa.
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 Central Wairarapa 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||10,000ha||Featherston, Woodside|
|Ground control||2022/2023||21,282ha||Featherston, Waiorongomai, Woodside|
|Ground control||2023/2024||21,282ha||Featherston, Waiorongomai, Woodside|
Better Nature manage our pest control operations in Central Wairarapa. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 06 836 5590 / 027 576 0776
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Palmerston North.
OSPRI Palmerston North office
PO Box 9078
Palmerston North 4441
Phone: 06 353 2710