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Aerial Possum Control – Project Southern Ruapehu 2019

Southern Ruapehu Predator Control July-Aug 2019

Aerial possum control – Project Southern Ruapehu

This is to advise that OSPRI New Zealand is planning an aerial operation to target possums in the Ruapehu area during Winter/Spring 2019.  This operation will help reduce the possum population to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB).

The operation is scheduled to begin prefeeding in July 2019, with the toxic application occurring from August, but timing will be weather-dependent. Please find enclosed an operational fact sheet that includes a map of the proposed operational area; alternatively, please refer to the factsheet online: We kindly request you read this carefully, as it contains information about the operation.  The operation will be using sodium fluoroacetate, also known as 1080.  For further information on 1080, please visit

TBfree New Zealand has contracted Epro Ltd to carry out this aerial operation. Their contact details are:

Contact Person Phone Email
Operational Controller 0800 ASK EPRO (0800 275 3776) [email protected]

Consultation has been occurring since August 2018 via the 2019 National Plan for TBfree Pest Control Operations document, and we are now conducting further consultation with the local community and other interested parties. Following this, final operational plans will be prepared, and permission will be sought from all consenting authorities. These will include affected landowners, Medical Officer of Health, and the Department of Conservation.

For further details on this operation or the OSPRI New Zealand programme, please contact us on 06 353 2710, or email [email protected].

Southern Ruapehu Predator Control PDF Information

Yours sincerely
Alan Innes
Programme Manager
North Island Region
OSPRI New Zealand Limited

Posted: 17/06/19

Posted By: Margaret McMahon