QUEENS­LAND FRUIT FLY

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries has placed re­stric­tions on the move­ment of whole fresh fruit and some veg­eta­bles out of a 1.5km ex­clu­sion zone which in­cludes West­ern Springs Park.

It’s es­ti­mated the Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val would draw a crowd of 40,000 peo­ple per day to West­ern Springs.

It will in­clude more than 230 food and craft stalls, many of which will serve fresh fruit.

The tenth Queens­land fruit fly was dis­cov­ered in Grey Lynn on Mon­day.

In a state­ment, the min­istry says DNA anal­y­sis shows all the fruit flies tested so far are ge­net­i­cally sim­i­lar.

‘‘This lends weight to the de­ter­mi­na­tion we are most likely deal­ing with a lo­calised pop­u­la­tion,’’ the min­istry says.

The pest would rep­re­sent a ma­jor threat to New Zealand’s $2.6 bil­lion hor­ti­cul­tural ex­port trade if it be­came es­tab­lished here.

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