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4 September 2002 Media Release

Ninth Spray Date Against Moth Pest Set

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has announced a date for its ninth targeted aerial spraying operation against the painted apple moth in west Auckland.

Spraying is scheduled for Friday 13 September - weather permitting. The last operation was delayed for 12 days by bad weather. The spray zone is almost the same as the previous operation, covering 900 hectares and about 4,000 properties.

The only new areas in this round are small extensions to Huruhuru Creek in Henderson and Massey West and near the railway line in Henderson.

The rest of the zone includes the seaward margins of Te Atatu, Glendene, Kelston, Waterview 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 low lying land alongside the north-western motorway between the Lincoln Road and the Point Chevalier/Waterview ramps.

Two aircraft will work together but in different areas and if conditions are right could complete the operation in a morning. A fixed wing plane will concentrate on the residential blocks and the cemetery, while the helicopter will cover the difficult and smaller areas.

MAF have submitted a paper to Cabinet outlining future options for the painted apple moth project. Cabinet is expected to review the paper next Monday 9 September.

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