OSPRI is committed to listening and accommodating a wide range of views through thorough and genuine public consultation about the effects of its operations.
For all operations OSPRI aims to ensure that communities, land occupiers and land users are notified well in advance and have the opportunity to submit feedback about any possible risks or sensitive areas that need to be managed. This includes sharing plans with:
- Landowners/occupiers who may be directly affected by operations
- Commercial companies
- Iwi groups and trusts
- Hunting associations and outdoor recreation groups
- Regional and local government
- District public health units and Medical Officers of Health
- Conservation groups
- Animal welfare groups
- General public.
TBfree programme consultation process
OSPRI’s consultation process for the TBfree programme 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.
A key step of the consultation process is an annual national consultation on proposed operations for the coming year. This is to ensure that affected parties, land occupiers and land users are advised, well in advance, of our proposed TBfree pest control operations and provide interested individuals and organisations the opportunity to submit feedback and comment about planned operations and possible risks or problems that may need to be managed. Operations may be modified where our consultation with the community identifies the need to do so. For example, previous consultation with deer hunting groups in the central North Island has led to widespread use of deer repellent on 1080 baits across areas of high hunting value.
As part of our regional consultation process land occupiers within and adjacent to operations are notified well before the commencement of operations also receive specific notification and personal visits. Another important step involves further general public notification that includes newspaper notices and clear signposting at all likely access points to operational areas. Community meetings may be held where operations are likely to be of wide or significant community interest. The two diagrams below (aerial operation and ground control) show the various steps and timings through every stage of a proposed aerial and ground operation, from planning and operational design to postoperative reporting. It is important to note these are indicative and may change as a result of design modifications to specific operational details.
Find out more in our Working with communities and interest groups factsheet.