A revocation to this notice was published on 28 January 2016, Issue No. 7, Notice No. 2016-gs438.

Notice Type
General Section
Notice Title

Notice of Movement Controls for Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)

Pursuant to section 131(2) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, TBfree New Zealand declares those parts of New Zealand, shown as Movement Control Areas in the maps published with this notice, to be Controlled Areas for the purpose of limiting the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Pursuant to section 131(3)(a) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, TBfree New Zealand gives notice that the movement of cattle and deer within the Controlled Areas is restricted and regulated to the extent of and subject to the conditions specified below.


1. Definitions

In this notice, unless the context otherwise requires:

“Herd” means:

(a) one or more cattle, or deer, or cattle and deer, managed as one unit; or

(b) one or more cattle, or deer, or cattle and deer, kept within the same enclosure or behind the same fence.

“Herd of origin” means the herd with which a cattle beast or a deer is, for the time being, grazing.

“Order” means the Biosecurity (National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Plan) Order 1998.

“Controlled Area” means any area shown as a Movement Control Area in the maps published with this notice.

2. Testing Prior to Movement From or Within Controlled Areas

2.1 No cattle beast or deer aged 90 days or more may be moved:

(a) from any Controlled Area to a place outside that Controlled Area; or

(b) within any Controlled Area from its herd of origin, or the place or establishment at which the animal is being kept, to a place other than a place occupied by the owner or person in charge of the cattle beast or deer

unless it has undergone, within 60 days prior to the date of movement, a negative test for bovine tuberculosis in accordance with the Order.

2.2 The restriction on movement in 2.1 does not apply where an animal is being moved directly to a place of slaughter.

2.3 Notwithstanding 2.1, an animal may be exempted from the requirement for a test in accordance with the TBfree New Zealand Operational Plan.

2.4 Where a herd is managed or kept on a property, or group of properties, divided by the boundary of a Controlled Area, then the requirements to test cattle or deer described in 2.1 above apply to the whole herd.

This declaration takes effect from 1 March 2015.

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of February 2015.

STUART HUTCHINGS, Programme Design & Farm Operations Group Manager, TBfree New Zealand.

Movement Control Areas as at 1 March 2015

 New Zealand MCA map

Detailed maps and information on the location of properties within Controlled Areas are available from TBfree New Zealand, freephone 0800 482 4636 or visit:


General Information

Any animal moved in contravention of this notice may be seized by an inspector or authorised person and destroyed, treated or otherwise dealt with, if it is reasonable in the circumstances to do so. TBfree New Zealand may also recover the cost of testing for bovine tuberculosis pursuant to the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the Biosecurity (Deer and Other Testing Costs) Regulations 1998.

Failure to comply with the requirements of this notice may result in prosecution under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

If convicted, an individual will be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months, or a fine not exceeding $50,000.00, or both. A corporation convicted of an offence is liable to a fine not exceeding $100,000.00.


The declaration issued on 1 March 2014 in regard to movement controls for bovine tuberculosis and published in the New Zealand Gazette, 28 February 2014, No. 25, page 745, and in Farmers Weekly on 24 February 2014, and Rural News on 4 March, 2014 is hereby revoked, with effect from 1 March 2015.

Summary of Changes

This declaration has the effect of revoking the Hokonui and Pisa movement control areas in their entirety, along with part of the North Canterbury Marlborough Movement Control Area, as shown in the areas marked as “Movement Control Area reduction” in the maps published with this notice.

Hokonui Hills MCA reduction map

North Canterbury MCA reduction map

Pisa MCA reduction map

For more information 

To view our interactive map that shows whether you are in a Movement Control Area, Special Testing Area or Surveillance Area, simply enter any New Zealand address into the search bar: