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General Aerial Operation Suspended Today 18 Feb


Wednesday, 18 February 2004

General Aerial Operation Suspended Today
– Wednesday, 18 February 2004

The scheduled general aerial operation, against painted apple moth, started at 6.25am this morning and was suspended at 9.20am - Wednesday, 18 February 2004 – due to high winds.

Over 60% of the total area was treated today and Motions/Meola Creek, Riverpark and Hobsonville were completed before the operation stopped between 8.00am and 9.00am for children walking to school. Treatment did not resume after the school break. The aircraft remained on the ground while wind speeds were monitored and until a final decision was made to suspend the operation.

Weather conditions are being closely monitored and the operation will resume tomorrow or on the next suitable day to complete Waikumete Cemetery and to treat Ranui/Swanson.

Up-to-date details about the eradication programme and a map of the aerial treatment areas is available on-line at www.maf.govt.nz/paintedapplemoth or the public can call free on
0800 96 96 96 for an information pack.

To register for text or email updates, on the status of aerial operations, people can call the
free phone or visit the residents’ page on the website.

Status updates on general aerial operations are broadcast on More FM 91.8FM and Newstalk ZB 1080AM or 89.4FM.

ENDS

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