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5 July 2002
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is planning to extend the targeted
aerial spray zone in west Auckland by about 150 hectares for its seventh
operation which is scheduled to start Saturday 13 July… weather permitting.
This week the Cabinet gave MAF the green light to continue with the programme
against painted apple moth and increased the aerial spray zone up to 900
hectares. The previous spray zone was 600 hectares.
The increase means MAF will be able to quickly target areas where caterpillar
infestations have been found recently outside the original zone to prevent the
About 3,000 properties will be affected in the seventh operation which is the
same as before - but about a third of these will be in the zone for the first
MAF has reduced its operations in parts of Glendene and Kelston because they
have been free of the moth for some months but these areas may be sprayed again
in the future if the situation changes.
The new areas - which MAF announced last week - includes river margins in
Henderson Creek, near Central Park; Huruhuru Creek margins near Riverpark
Esplanade, parts of New Lynn and a small area in Swanson bordered by the railway
line, Metcalfe and Swanson Roads.
The rest of the zone includes the seaward margins of Te Atatu, Glendene,
Kelston, and New Lynn between the Whau River and the general road boundaries of
Te Atatu and Great North Roads; the Waikumete Cemetery; parts of the Avondale
Peninsula and Waterview and low lying land alongside the north-western motorway
between the Lincoln Road and the Point Chevalier/Waterview ramps.
For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford Ph: 021 648 117
Project Painted Apple Moth Communications