West Aucklanders support MAF's painted apple moth programme

29 April 2002

A recently completed resident survey of 800 people in west Auckland shows an increase in support for the painted apple moth eradication programme and for aerial spraying since the last survey, held late last year.

Most people questioned did not have any concerns about aerial spraying although more wanted assurances about the health affects of the spray.

The survey has a margin of error plus or minus 3.5%. The last survey was carried out in November/December 2001.

The survey of 800 residents is MAF's third to gauge public awareness of the programme and attitudes to aerial spraying.

Conducted in late March/early April surveyors asked 100 residents in each of the west Auckland suburbs of Glendene, Kelston, Avondale, Mt Wellington, Titirangi, Glen Eden and in Waterview and Pt Chevalier which were included for first time.

The main findings were:

  • 70% of those sampled were aware of the moth pest - up by 4% from last survey
  • 67% of those aware of the pest said they were in the spray zone
  • Overall, support for an eradication programme is up by 4% with 77% saying it was very important or important
  • There was an increase in support for eradication from residents in Glen Eden (up 38%) and Avondale (up 31%) and a drop in support from Titirangi (down 44%) and Glendene (down 20%)
  • Overall support for aerial spraying over affected areas increased by 7% from the last survey with 69% strongly agreeing or agreeing
  • Increased support for aerial spraying came from Avondale, Glen Eden and Mt Wellington and a decline in support came from Titirangi, Kelston and Glendene
  • Overall 64% of the sample said they had no concerns about aerial spraying and another 15% said they did not know or were unsure.
  • 14% wanted assurances about safety of the spray (up by 10%)

For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford - Ph: 021 648 117 Painted apple moth project communications



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