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


General Aerial Operation Completed At 9.25 Am

General Aerial Operation Completed At 9.25 Am Wednesday 23 April

The latest general aerial operation to wipe out the painted apple moth was completed at 9.25am this morning (Wednesday 23 April). The operation resumed at 6.30am this morning after the threat of rain suspended operations yesterday afternoon.

An additional general operation will be carried out on Tuesday 13 May. This operation is necessary because of the mild weather conditions we have been experiencing during autumn and to ensure all caterpillars that were bred during this period are eradicated.

The operation on the 13th of May will mark the end of the summer eradication programme, which has seen remarkable reductions in the size of the painted apple moth population. For two weeks in a row, zero male moths have been caught in monitoring traps. Only 9 male moths were trapped during the entire month of March – less than 1% of the 996 males caught in March last year.

Hon Jim Sutton, Minister for Biosecurity will be making recommendations to Cabinet next month, regarding a winter eradication programme involving aerial operations in a smaller area on a less frequent basis.

The public can call the free phone 0800 96 96 96 or visit www.maf.govt.nz/painted-apple-moth for general information about the programme. People can also listen to Newstalk ZB (1080 AM), 531 pi (531 AM), Chinese Radio (AM 990) and Radio Korea (1386 AM) for updates.

Information about Aerial Operation: 0800 96 96 96

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election