Tau fly media update - 28 January 2016

Media contact: MPI media team
Telephone: 029 894 0328

No further Tau flies have been found.

A single Tau fly was found in a surveillance trap in Manurewa on Thursday 21 January. MPI is now focused on finding if there are any further flies present in the area. A network of lure traps are in place and if any flies are present, the traps will find them.

The Tau fly threatens some horticultural crops so if a population is present, the Ministry will work to eradicate it.

Restrictions remain in place on the movement of some fruits and vegetables outside of a Controlled Area that extends 1.5km from the location of the fly find. Residents in this Controlled Area are asked to ensure this produce is not moved: pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, capsicum, zucchini, beans, mangoes, eggplant, papaya and passionfruit. Fruit and vegetable waste and green waste can be disposed of in MPI wheelie bins conveniently located throughout the area.

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