Spraying on Today against Moth Pest

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



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