New areas in aerial spray zone

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 pest spreading.

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 time.

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



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