| Latest Auckland News | Friday May 25 2012 16:15
New Zealand has been declared free of the Queensland fruit fly.
The 1.5 kilometre restriction zone placed around the site of the single fly in Auckland two weeks ago, will be lifted tomorrow.
The Ministry for Primary Industries says rigorous testing, trapping and fruit sampling has found no trace of any more flies.
Andrew Coleman, Deputy Director General of Compliance and Response says the precautionary move was important, as the fly is a major pest of a wide range of crops and would have had serious consequences had it established here.
He's thanking the Avondale community for adhering to the restrictions and not moving fresh produce out of the zone.
The restriction will be lifted at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning.