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Change Of Approach Needed On Painted Apple Moth

24 June 2002

Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today supported calls by the Painted Apple Moth Community Advisory Group for a new approach to the eradication programme for the Painted Apple Moth in Auckland.

Cabinet is meeting tomorrow to discuss future options for the eradication of the moth and Mr Ewen-Street said residents should not be subjected to more aerial spraying.

"The Green caucus supports the Community Advisory Group's (CAG) call for an end to blanket aerial spraying and instead supports a ground-based spray programme with the use of helicopters to spray inaccessible areas," said Mr Ewen-Street.

"The Greens urge Cabinet to seriously consider this option when they meet tomorrow. Cabinet should not abandon the eradication attempts but must address health concerns. The CAG option must be on the agenda."

Mr Ewen-Street said concern over the health risks associated with blanket aerial spraying was growing.

"The whole Painted Apple Moth incursion has been terribly mismanaged by MAF since day one. Residents should not have to be repeatedly sprayed because of MAF's bungling of this incursion and it is now time to address the health concerns that many residents hold," he said.

"The Greens believe it is time for a new approach that does not subject residents to more blanket spraying."


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