2018 TBfree Pest Control Operations Consultation

OSPRI is inviting feedback on their 2018 national plan for TBfree pest control operations.

The purpose of the consultation is to support engagement with the community, landowners, land-users and other individuals by providing information about operations proposed for 2018.

The consultation seeks to invite any questions or information needs in relation to the proposed operations, the specified methods, timing or other local and community needs.

OSPRI invites submissions from 2 August 2017 until 29 September 2017.

Aerial possum control – Stormy Ridge, Karamea Bluffs & Kahurangi West

Barry Polson of Vector Free has advised that Vector Free Marlborough Limited has been contracted by TBfree New Zealand to carry out the Stormy Ridge, Karamea Bluffs and Kahurangi West aerial possum control operations using sodium fluoroacetate (1080) cereal pellets. The Stormy Ridge and Karamea Bluffs aerials form part of OSPRI's TBfree programme whilst the Kahurangi West aerial operation is part of the Department of Conservation's Battle for our Birds programme.

Game Animal Council appointments announced

31 May 2017   Media Statement


Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced new appointments to the Game Animal Council (GAC). The GAC was established in 2013 for the management of game herds (deer, tahr, chamois and pigs) throughout New Zealand.

“I am pleased to announce that I am appointing three new members to the Council, Richard Burdon, Rachael Dean and Stephen Hall, who will join six sitting Councillors,” said Mr Dunne.

The full Council membership is :

Export Levy Update December 2016

In December 2016 the Associate Minister of Conservation released a proposal regarding a proposed levy on exported trophies.  This proposal was to implement the levy that was part of the 2013 Game Animal Council Act.  Submissions closed in February 2017 and these have now been analysed and a report presented to the Minister.

The consultation was undertaken by the Minister, not the Game Animal Council and the Council does not have access to the submissions.

Wellington Conservation Management Strategy

The draft Wellington Conservation Management Strategy is open for public consultation until 4th April 2017.

Because this draft strategy addresses game animals and the role of hunting in a large part of the southern North Island, hunters are encouraged to read it, identify the effects it would have on them and the environment, and make submissions to the Department of Conservation.

Submissions can be supportive of the strategy, or can be suggestions for improving it.

Your suggestions will be more powerful if they are accompanied by a sound justification

BFOB Makarora and Wilkin Valleys

25 Sept 2016

Aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys



DOC is currently preparing for aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys. This work is part of Battle for Our Birds which aims to save New Zealand’s wildlife from a surge in the numbers of introduced predators – www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/battle-for-our-birds.

Kaweka 1080 Operation Delayed

31 August 2016

Kaweka 1080 Operation Delayed

Game Animal Council Chairman, Don Hammond, has welcomed a decision from OSPRI to delay the aerial 1080 drop planned for the Kawekas this winter.  Hammond said “the Game Animal Council is supportive of the goal of eradicating bovine TB from NZ. However, possum management can have adverse effects and so hunters and other groups need to be adequately consulted about planned operations to identify adverse effects and potential mitigation. Delays in funding commitments to OSPRI meant a very compressed consultation period that did not fully allow people to have their say. The Game Animal Council has worked with OSPRI to clarify their consultation obligations for aerial 1080 operations.  Delaying the Kaweka operation to ensure affected parties can be heard and their views considered is a very positive move by OSPRI and they should be applauded for making what is a difficult call”.

Battle for our Birds Deer repellent maps

Members of the Game Animal Council and NZ Deerstalkers Association worked closely with DOC to secure the use of deer repellent to help protect some of our most vulnerable deer herds during the upcoming Battle for our Birds operations.

At short notice an online survey was developed and over 350 responses were collected in a 10 day period. This information helped inform discussions and set priorities. Some specific areas have been identified for mitigation.

Battle for Our Birds 2016

Joint Press Release

New Zealand Game Animal Council
New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association

30 May 2016

Battle for Our Birds 2016

The Department of Conservation is soon to commence a large-scale aerial 1080 campaign to control rats and stoats on Public Conservation Land in response to a beech mast event. Battle for Our Birds 2016 (BfoB2) follows a similar campaign in 2014.