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High winds and rain stop spraying again


Painted apple moth

Media release

17 August 2002

High winds and rain stop painted apple moth spraying again

For the seventh day running, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has called off targeted aerial spraying against the painted apple moth in west Auckland. Forecasted high winds and rain mean there will not be spraying on Sunday, 18 August.

A decision will be made tomorrow as to whether spraying is foreseeable for Monday, 19 August. Spraying will start as soon as weather conditions are favourable.

The aerial spray zone covers some 800 hectares and affects 3,400 residential and business properties. There are a few minor changes to the spray zone from last spray. These include extending the area around Huruhuru Creek in Henderson and Massey West, and near the railway line in Henderson and the area at the bottom of the Te Atatu Peninsula.

As in previous sprays the seaward margins of Te Atatu, Glendene, Kelston, and New Lynn; the Waikumete Cemetery; parts of the Avondale Peninsula and Waterview and low lying land alongside the north-western will also be sprayed.

ENDS

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