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20 January 2002
Targeted aerial spraying against the painted apple moth in some west Auckland suburbs
has been postponed again because there's too much wind forecast for the second day
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will try again tomorrow (Monday 21).
The painted apple moth, a native of Australia, was found in Glendene two years ago and
the Ministry has been tackling the pest with ground spraying and the removal of vegetation
on which the caterpillar feeds. The targeted aerial spraying will enhance that programme
and is aimed at hard-to-reach areas such as steep terrain, gullies and tall trees.
The aerial spraying target zone of about 550 hectares includes some 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
north-western motorway, will also be sprayed.
For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford MAF Communications Project Painted Apple Moth. Tel: 021 648 117