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Latest General Aerial Operation Completed

Monday, 23 February 2004

Latest General Aerial Operation Completed – Monday, 23 February 2004

The latest general aerial operation, against painted apple moth, was completed today – Monday, 23 February.

This morning’s operation started at first light in Waikumete Cemetery, it stopped between 8am and 9am for children walking to school, and treatment was completed in Ranui/Swanson at 9.15am.

“Having successfully completed this latest operation future aerial operations will now scale down and the next planned treatment will take place in the reduced aerial operation area of 701 hectares,” Robert Isbister, General Manager Painted Apple Moth Operations said today.

“Hobsonville and Motions/Meola Creek have already been removed from the next treatment planned for 9 March,” Mr Isbister said.

Weather permitting, the next date for a general aerial operation in the reduced area is scheduled for Tuesday, 9 March 2004. This operation will be carried out in the remaining three risk areas - Ranui/Swanson, Riverpark and Waikumete Cemetery.

Up-to-date details about the eradication programme and a map of the scaled down 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 details.

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.

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