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Painted Apple Moth Spring Aerial Operation Today

Published: Wed 19 Nov 2003 09:49 AM
Painted Apple Moth Spring Aerial Operation On Today – Wednesday 19 November
The current spring aerial operation against the painted apple moth will resume soon after first light this morning (approximately 5.40am) – Wednesday 19 November.
Over 4,000 hectares of the current spring 6,500-hectare zone were completed last Tuesday (11 November) before high winds prevented further treatment. The remaining 2,400 hectares in the Hobsonville, Greenhithe and Beach Haven area and a loop in the two larger blocks in western Auckland will be treated today and should be finished by mid-morning.
There will be no spraying between 8am and 9am when most children travel to school or, if the operation is not complete, at lunchtime between 12.15 and 1.00pm.
The public can call the free information line 0800 96 96 96 for status updates or listen to MoreFM (91.8FM) or Newstalk ZB (1080AM). People can also visit the residents’ page on-line at www.maf.govt.nz/paintedapplemoth to register for email or text message updates on the status of the aerial operation.
A map of the 6,500-hectare operation area and up-to-date information about the painted apple moth eradication programme is also available on the above website.

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