Restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables will be lifted in Auckland on Saturday morning after a feared Queensland fruit fly invasion failed to materialise.
The Ministry for Primary Industries on Friday said all restrictions in the Avondale area will be removed from 7am.
The ministry's Andrew Coleman says two weeks of trapping, fruit sampling had failed to turn up any evidence of the invader.
"I am delighted to say that our rigorous checks found no further sign of the Queensland fruit fly and New Zealand's fruit fly free status is confirmed."
A single male was found in a trap in the suburb of Avondale on May 8, sparking a massive ministry response. The species could decimate New Zealand's $6.5-billion horticulture industry.
Transporting whole fresh fruit and vegetables outside a 1.5-kilometre zone around Avondale was banned after the fruit fly was found.
Mr Coleman thanked the community and the Auckland Council for their support.
Horticulture New Zealand president Andrew Fenton says the community help was vital.
"Had this pest become established in New Zealand, it would have had serious consequences for our growers and the wider New Zealand economy."Mr Coleman said that while the controls were lifted, the ministry would continue its routine fruit fly surveillance.
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