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About KVH

Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc (KVH) is a grower-driven, pan-industry organisation established in December 2010 to lead the New Zealand kiwifruit industry response to the Psa incursion. In November 2012, KVH was tasked by the kiwifruit industry to manage the wider biosecurity readiness, response and operational role on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

KVH works with kiwifruit growers, Zespri, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI), the post-harvest and associated industries such as beekeepers, pollen providers, nurseries and transporters; and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

KVH is strategic, practically-oriented and bases decisions on industry knowledge, research and experience.

As an industry-appointed body, guided by industry members and working to manage an industry-wide problem, KVH communicates transparently with all stakeholders and responds quickly to any concerns.

Our vision is to achieve a high health status of kiwifruit vines, to enable a thriving and profitable New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

Mission statement
To minimise the impact of Psa-V on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry and to lead the strategic and operational preparedness for other potential biosecurity risks on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

Operational: To oversee the implementation of all operational activities in accordance with the NPMP and support growers by providing technical advice and best-practice orchard management activities, including ensuring the risks associated with unmanaged and abandoned orchards are being addressed.

Key components of the operational function are outlined below.

  • Exclusion: To prevent the establishment of Psa-V in regions where Psa-V has not been identified by reducing the risk of spread through biosecurity measures and activities in accordance with the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).
  • Containment: To contain Psa-V within regions where Psa-V has been identified, but is not widespread, by reducing inoculum levels, reducing the risk of further Psa spread through biosecurity measures and minimising the impact through best orchard management practices and activities in accordance with the NPMP.
  • Recovery: To support the recovery pathway to commercial kiwifruit production in heavily infected regions by minimising the impact through best orchard management practices and activities in accordance with the NPMP.

Research and development: To lead, jointly with Zespri, a world-class research and development programme that continually seeks to identify ways to best manage Psa-V.

Objectives—wider biosecurity role

Influence policy setting: Work with regulators to influence the development of biosecurity legislation, policies and standards that may impact the industry; and to influence individual decisions on specific issues to mitigate future risks. Identify where the industry is best placed to deliver cost-effective biosecurity and operations as part of a GIA.

Risk profiling and analysis: Actively identify potential biosecurity risks to the kiwifruit industry, offshore and with proposed imports, ensuring the correct decisions are actively made in relation to these.

Leading and coordinating industry preparedness:  Identify what resource the industry needs in preparation for future biosecurity events; and ensuring the right capability can be mobilised at the right time to enable effective responses.

Response: Lead and coordinate the kiwifruit industries input to any future response.

Promote best practice biosecurity:  Identify best management practices to reduce biosecurity risk to growers and the industry as a whole.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591