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16 July 2002
After three mornings of unsuitable weather hindering the start of the
operation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's seventh operation of
targeted aerial spraying against the painted apple moth in west Auckland is
going ahead today.
Two aircraft will work together but in different areas. A fixed wing plane
will concentrate on the residential blocks and the cemetery, while the
helicopter will cover the difficult and smaller areas. Both aircraft are
scheduled to take-off at approximately 7.30 a.m.
The aerial spray zone covers some 700 hectares and affects 3,000 residential
and business properties. Some new areas where MAF has found painted apple moth
caterpillars will be targeted this time to try and prevent it spreading.
These include river margins in Henderson Creek, near Central Park; Huruhuru
Creek margins near Riverpark Esplanade, parts of New Lynn and a small area in
Henderson bordered by the railway line.
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 will also be sprayed.
For more information please contact:
Kelli-Jo Walker Painted apple moth
project communications MOB: 021 674 080