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23 January 2002
The helicopter being used to target aerial spray against painted apple moth has been
repaired. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry plans to resume its spraying programme
at first light tomorrow… weather permitting.
So far, the forecast for tomorrow is perfect for spraying with low winds and fine
The operation had to be abandoned just after 7.00am this morning when the helicopter
landed in Archibald Park after caution lights warned of a possible engine problem.
Engineers found a minor mechanical fault which activated the caution lights. They replaced
the part, tested the machine and have given it the all clear to fly again tomorrow.
About half of the target zone was completed on Monday. The western suburbs of Glendene,
Kelston and Te Atatu and few small tips of the Avondale Peninsula need The forecast for
tomorrow is perfect for spraying with low winds and fine weather to be sprayed tomorrow to
complete the job.
For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford MAF Communications MOB: 021 648 117