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No Spraying Again Tomorrow

Painted Apple Moth Project

Tuesday 28 May 2002

The weather report is still too wet and windy to attempt targeted aerial spraying against the painted apple moth tomorrow in west Auckland.

The sixth operation – originally scheduled to start last Tuesday – has been hampered by eight days of rain with gale-force winds which are not expected to improve until the end of the week. Fortunately the cold weather also affects the breeding cycle of the moths and its development is expected to slow down.

The aerial spray zone of some 600 hectares covers parts of Te Atatu, Glendene, Kelston and the Waikumete Cemetery in Waitakere City as well as the Avondale Peninsula, parts of Waterview and low lying land alongside the north-western motorway.

About 3,000 resident and business properties are affected.

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