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Current Painted Apple Moth Aerial Operation Over

18 December 2003

Current Painted Apple Moth Aerial Operation Over
– Thursday, 18 December

The current general aerial operation, against the painted apple moth, is now over – Thursday, 18 December.

Today’s general aerial operation, in the 5 high-risk areas covering less than 1,000 hectares started at first light this morning and finished at 9.20am today. There was no treatment between 8am and 9am as children travelled to school.

The next planned operation is a targeted helicopter operation scheduled for Monday, 29 December. Over summer targeted helicopter operations take place in Swanson/Ranui and Riverpark to treat the difficult areas. These targeted helicopter operations, covering less than 57 hectares, are scheduled to follow each 21-day general aerial operation at about 10 day intervals.

To find out about targeted helicopter operations the public can call the free information line 0800 96 96 96 for details or visit the residents’ page online at www.maf.govt.nz/paintedapplemoth. People can also to register online or on the free phone for email or text message updates on the status of aerial operations.

A map of the summer operation area and up-to-date information about the painted apple moth eradication programme is also available on the website.

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