Animal Health Board (New Zealand)
|Formation||29 Oct 1993|
|Extinction||Defunct as of 1 July 2013 (now known as TBfree New Zealand, managed by OSPRI New Zealand)|
|Type||Formerly an incorporated society|
|Purpose||Formerly a disease management agency|
|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
Until 1 July 2013, the Animal Health Board was the organisation, legally responsible for managing and implementing the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) for bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) in New Zealand. It was usually abbreviated to AHB. It was restructured to form TBfree New Zealand, the title of the programme for which it was responsible for managing before the formation of OSPRI. Like the former AHB, TBfree New Zealand continues to derive its powers from the Biosecurity Act 1993. Similarly, TBfree New Zealand maintained the same mission statement as the AHB – “To eradicate bovine TB from New Zealand”. The AHB was made up of representatives from the farming sector as well as central and local government. Like TBfree New Zealand, it was accountable to its member organisations and also had responsibilities to the Minister for Primary Industries. Now that the AHB has disbanded, TBfree New Zealand and the national animal identification and tracing (NAIT) scheme are both wholly owned subsidiaries of OSPRI which, as its name suggests, will focus on offering operational solutions for primary industries.
Governance and funding
Governance of the AHB was managed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the member organisations through the now disbanded AHB Representatives’ Committee. It was funded by central government, regional council contributions and the farming sector.
The TBfree New Zealand programme is now responsible for the former AHB’s applied research and development programme which, as of July 2013, continues to operate on a budget of approximately $2.5 million per annum.