The discovery of eucalyptus leaf beetle near Wellington has sparked comprehensive biosecurity response from the Ministry of Primary Industries. The response will involve two 30-minute insecticide sprays, by helicopter at least 10 days apart, over half a hectare.
"This beetle is new to New Zealand. We have never encountered this before," David Yard, Primary Industry's response team manager said. "We are responding to eradicate it as we don't want it to be established in New Zealand." "If we allow it to become established it would be at a huge cost impact to the country."