New National Bovine TB Pest Management Plan Agency

Media contact: Krissy Moreau

A new management agency has been appointed for the National Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Pest Management plan.

In order for this to happen, the following changes will occur:

Animal Health Board (AHB) Incorporated will resign its role as the management agency to take effect at midnight on 30 June 2013. The role will pass to a new limited-liability company TBfree New Zealand Limited.

From 1 July 2013 TBfree New Zealand Limited and National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Limited will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Operational Solutions for Primary Industries (OSPRI) New Zealand Limited.

The Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has appointed TBfree New Zealand Limited as the agency responsible for the National Bovine TB Pest Management plan, with effect from 1 July 2013.

“Bringing together what was formerly the Animal Health Board and NAIT Limited will enable the more efficient and flexible delivery of the Bovine TB management plan and the NAIT scheme,” says MPI Director of Preparedness and Partnerships David Hayes.

“The revised corporate structure will deliver a range of outcomes to protect and enhance the primary sector. This new structure will leverage the competencies and expertise already developed within AHB and NAIT, and the strong partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries.”

“It is envisaged that new strategies and services would be developed in areas such as pest and risk management, design and delivery of partnership programmes between Crown and Industry, and the delivery of a combined ‘farmer facing’ contact centre and other outreach services,” says Mr Hayes.

Notice of this change has appeared in the New Zealand Gazette today

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