Efforts to stop the spread of any other flies if they are present

A controlled area

was  put in place – controlling the movement of produce from the potentially infected zone.  It has two zones

  • Zone A extends 200m from the site of the detection
  • Zone B extends from zone A  to 1.5 km from the site of the detection

MPI  put legal restrictions on the movement of some fruits and vegetables to make sure that if a population of the fruit fly is present, the risk of it being moved out of the immediate area is minimised.

Residents in zone A and B were asked to stop composting and to dispose of all fruit and vegetable waste through in-sink waste disposal units or in one of the 205 MPI amnesty bins.

To look for signs of Fruit Fly residents were asked to look for:

  • A small scar or "sting" on the fruit surface where the female punctures the skin to lay eggs
  • 6 mm creamy white larvae  with no legs  in cut frui

Signs were  put in public places to mark the Controlled Area and inform people they could not move whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root veges) outside of the Controlled Area.

Staff visited and provided information to the public, the farmer’s markets schools, kindergartens, shops and supermarkets in the area.

People were asked if they were travelling through the controlled zone and had fruit or vegetables with them to place them in a plastic bag

School children were asked to bring only cut fruit and vege to school and not to take home any uneaten produce.

The attached file has examples of the information being used for publicity in Whangarei

  • Poster for retailers inside the controlled area:
  • In store poster for supermarkets in Whangarei: 
  • Retailer ‘Yes and No’ poster
  • ‘Put your scraps in the bin’ sticker for marina and other places:
  • Brochure
  • Northern Advocate and Whangarei Leader advertising


For further information or to report any suspicious finds, call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.