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They’ve still got lots of Foray 48B left

People are asking how
come MAF is still spraying
for the Painted Apple Moth?
The bad news is that they’ve
still got lots of Foray 48B left.

The latest figures from MAF’s monitoring traps show they last caught a moth in early May.

And they haven’t caught a single moth or caterpillar in the Meola Creek area since the end of last year.

That’s a big drop in the population.

So why does MAF plan to resume blanket aerial spraying of Auckland in spring?
Is it because DOC are urging MAF to continue aerial spraying until at least March next year?

Not content to bash hundreds of wekas (an endangered bird) to death in their annual cull on the Chatham Islands, they have consistently urged the government to continue aerial spraying for the Painted Apple Moth.

What’s more, over the past 12 months, MAF have only put out 1,602 traps over the whole of the Auckland region.

Compare this to the 2,000 traps MAF plan to lay in Hamilton around the small area where a lone Asian Gypsy Moth was found in March.

We think it’s time that DOC and MAF officials, plus the members of Cabinet who approved the spray programme came and stood out in the school playgrounds with the children of west Auckland on spray days.

It’s time they showed some solidarity with the thousands of Aucklanders they have sentenced to two more years of aerial spraying.

For information on the spray ingredients visit www.moth.co.nz.


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