Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


General Aerial Operation Suspended

General Aerial Operation Suspended

The latest general aerial operation to wipe out the painted apple moth was suspended at 12.40 this afternoon. The two planes and helicopter were in the air before 7.00 am and made excellent progress, completing approximately 5,000 hectares before the threat of rain called the operation off.

The operation will resume soon at first light tomorrow morning – weather permitting. The two planes should complete the remaining 3,100 hectares within 2 hours. As it is school holidays, the aircraft will remain in the air between 8.00-9.00am and 10.15-11.00am.

For the second week in a row, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) have caught zero painted apple moths in their monitoring traps. MAF maintain an extensive network of 1,600 monitoring traps that are checked 1 or 2 times a week and provide data on the size and location of the painted apple moth population.

Throughout summer, scientists have recorded a steady and significant decline in painted apple moth numbers compared to the same time last year. For the fortnight commencing Saturday 12 April, there were no wild male painted apple moths caught either within or outside the eradication zone. In March, just 9 moths were trapped – less than 0.01% of the 996 caught last March.

“These positive results have already lead to two reductions to the eradication zone,” says Robert Isbister, General Manager Painted Apple Moth. “Our scientific team keep a constant watch on population indicators to determine what eradication measures are required. The lack of trap catches during summer is a strong indication that the eradication programme is working. Ongoing treatment and a prolonged pattern of empty traps are necessary to ensure all stages of the moth’s life cycle have been wiped out, in all areas. We are committed to making sure that every last moth has been eliminated.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news