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Southern Remutaka Aerial Pest Control Operation

May 16 - June 10

Update – dates changed! 16th of May to the 10th of June.

Southern Remutaka: Proposed Aerial 1080 Programme – Operation Notification EcoFX has been contracted by OSPRI New Zealand to undertake a large-scale aerial 1080 operation in the Southern Remutaka Ranges. The purpose of the operation is to reduce the possum population to low numbers to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB). The operation is scheduled to be delivered in May 2022, but may occur as late as June as the programme is weather-dependent. There are two phases to the proposed programme. Non-toxic prefeed cereal baits will be sown over the treatment blocks at an average rate of 1.0 kg per ha. Approximately 7 days later toxic 1080 baits will be sown over the treatment area at an average rate of 2 kg/ha. Both phases are weather dependant requiring 2-3 fine nights with minimal rainfall after application. EcoFX is obtaining required consents from the relevant agencies to carry out the work. As part of public notification, EcoFX will be placing advertisements in local and regional papers circulating in the wider area to inform the public of the operation and the associated risks. In addition, EcoFX will be erecting signage at all key public access points such as walking and cycle tracks, roadways and public amenity areas. A reminder to please check for signage if you are in the area. And;

  • DO NOT TOUCH poison bait
  • WATCH CHILDREN at all times
  • DO NOT EAT animals from the area (this also applies to buffer zones around the treatment area)
  • Poison bait or carcasses are DEADLY to DOGS
  • Observe these rules whenever you see warning signs about pesticides.

The presence of warning signs indicates that pesticide residues may be present in baits or animals. When signs are removed, this means you can resume normal activities in the area. Please report suspected vandalism or unauthorised removal of signs. Please find enclosed an operational fact sheet that includes a map of the proposed operational area. The factsheet is also available online here: or .

You can find further information about 1080, including the safety data sheet on our website:


May 16
June 10

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