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19 January 2002
Targeted aerial spraying against the painted apple moth in some west Auckland suburbs
has been postponed until tomorrow morning - because of the weather.
Showers and southwesterly winds of 35 kph are forecast, however, the weather's looking
promising for tomorrow morning.
The painted apple moth, a native of Australia, was found in Glendene two years ago and
the Ministry of Forestry has been attacking the pest with ground spraying and the removal
of host plants. The targeted aerial spraying will boost that programme and is aimed at
hard-to-reach areas such as steep terrain, gullies and tall trees.
The aerial spraying target zone includes about 3,000 west Auckland residential and
industrial properties around the Whau River and its tributaries and the Avondale
Peninsula. The Waikumete Cemetery and Traherne Island, which runs alongside the
northwestern motorway, will also be sprayed.
For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford MAF Communications
Project Painted Apple Moth. Tel: 021 648 117