General Aerial Operation On Today – Wednesday 14 May 2003
The general aerial operation to wipe out the painted apple moth, planned for yesterday (Tuesday 13 May), will get under
way soon after first light this morning (Wednesday 14 May). Windy conditions delayed the start of the operation
Today’s operation will take place across the scaled down general eradication zone. After a third cut in two months the
entire zone is down to 6,500 hectares. The operation is weather dependent and is likely to take more than one day to
Two fixed-winged aircraft and a helicopter will be used to carry out the operation. The aircraft will at times overfly
sections removed from the aerial programme however when this happens the spray nozzles will be turned off. Some spray
drift may be experienced.
Today (Wednesday) being a school day means the aircraft will be out of the air, as usual, between 8.00-9.00am,
12.15-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm – the times most children travel to and from school and eat their lunch.
The public can call the 24 hour free phone 0800 96 96 96 for updates and general information about the programme. People
can also listen to Newstalk ZB 1080 AM or 89.4 FM, , 531 pi, AM 990 BBC and More FM 91.8FM for updates. To see a map of
the eradication zone visit http:// http://www.maf.govt.nz/painted-apple-moth
and click on ‘Latest update for residents in spray zone’.