Consultation opens for proposed 2018 TBfree pest control operations

Date 2 August 2017

OSPRI is now consulting on its proposed 2018 TBfree programme aerial pest control operations.

OSPRI’s TBfree consultation process involves a range of steps, from planning and operational design to postoperative reporting. Central to this is delivering national, regional and local consultations to provide an opportunity for people and organisations to gain an overview of the proposed operations and to identify what further information they may require.

OSPRI Chief Executive Michelle Edge says ‘A key step of OSPRI’s TBfree consultation process is the release of this national document to ensure that parties, land owners and land users and the general community are advised of our proposed 2018 TBfree pest control operations. This is to give interested individuals and organisations time to submit feedback and comment about planned operations and possible risks or problems that may need to be managed.’

It is important to note that as part of the regional consultation process that and well before commencement of operations, land occupiers within and adjacent to operations will also receive specific notification and personal visits. Public notification includes news media notices and clear signage at access points to operational areas, and full and transparent consent applications are undertaken.

The national consultation period runs through to Friday 29 September 2017 and there are a number of ways to make a submission, including an online submission form.

The consultation document and details about how to make a submission, are available at

About the TBfree programme

OSPRI’s TBfree programme is working towards the complete eradication of bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand. The key goals of the programme are to eradicate TB from livestock by 2026, from possums by 2040 and from all hosts of the disease across the whole of New Zealand by 2055.

For further information

Oliver Bates
Corporate Communications Manager
04 474 7105

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