Restrictions lifted after no more Tau flies found

10:00 pm on 7 February 2016

The Ministry for Primary Industries is allowing people to bring fruit and vegetables out of Manurewa in Auckland, saying it's confident there are no more tau flies.

A 1.5km exclusion zone has been established around the site where a male Tau fly was found on Thursday 21 January in Auckland.

A sign showing the start of the exclusion zone after a male Tau fly was found on 21 January. Photo: RNZ / Tom Furley

One male fly was found in a trap just over two weeks ago, sparking officials to set up a 1.5 kilometre exclusion zone around the trap.

Pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers, beans, capsicums, passionfruit and melons, could be taken into the zone but not out of it.

The ministry's Surveillance Manager Brendan Gould said no more flies had been found in the two-weeks since the discovery.

All restrictions have been lifted and disposal bins around Manurewa will be removed from today.

The Tau fly, from Asia, is less damaging than the Queensland fruit fly, which was found in Auckland last year and prompted months of effort to make sure it did not become established.

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