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Govt spins ongoing aerial onslaught as good news

Govt tries to spin ongoing aerial onslaught as good news

The Government is passing off as positive the next stage of the Painted Apple Moth campaign, when in fact it is more bad news for West Aucklanders, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today.

"What the Government has really announced today is yet another series of aerial bombardments of an unwilling population with the toxic chemical cocktail Foray 48B.

"The Government is trying to spin its way out of it, by saying - yes, we are going to keep spraying you, but it's only in targeted areas," the Green Health Spokesperson said.

"But the fact is, those five targeted areas add up to just under 900 hectares, most of it in residential areas, and considerably more than the 600 hectares sprayed when the aerial spray campaign first began."

Ms Kedgley said she wanted to know where the Government got its mandate to continue with the aerial spray programme.

"The aerial campaign was approved for six to eight sprays, and up to a maximum of 15. After that, it was agreed there would be a health assessment of the risks of exposure to Foray 48B, and recommendations for mitigating public health risks.

"Spraying should not continue till this risk assessment has taken place and recommendations made and adopted," Ms Kedgley said.

"The Government has today announced another four months of aerial spraying, and that is only what has been approved for the winter programme. West Aucklanders are already at their wits' end, having their lives and health disrupted by routine aerial bombardments.

"How much is one community expected to take?" Ms Kedgley asked.

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