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KVH manages the wider biosecurity readiness, response and operational role on behalf of the kiwifruit industry. This role is about making sure we understand the high-risk pests and diseases that potentially threaten our industry, strengthening advocacy for better border biosecurity, working with government border agencies to keep these out and ensuring we are well prepared should they arrive. Image: Mediterranean fruit fly.

A focus of KVH's biosecurity role is to strengthen industry preparedness for future biosecurity incursions. This includes improving our understanding of high-risk pests and pathogens offshore, identifying and fulfilling research gaps and working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure adequate protection across our entry pathways.

KVH defined the wider biosecurity role and how the organisation approaches this in a presentation to the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) in 2013.


A levy for biosecurity readiness and response activities and all related biosecurity activities of 0.6 cents per tray for all varieties came into effect on 6 March 2015. At the 2017 KVH AGM, grower members agreed to the levy being increased in 2018 to its maximum possible rate of 1 cent per tray. A copy of the levy is available here.

Initial discussions on a proposed increase to the levy ceiling (to a maximum of 5 cents per tray) to fund necessary response activities in the event of a future biosecurity incursion were held at the KVH AGM in August 2017, and then at two subsequent NZKGI forum meetings. Following this, growers were emailed information about the proposal on Tuesday 31 October. 

This information was in advance of the presentatons to growers at the November roadshows around all our growing regions, where KVH went into more detail, answered questions and collated feedback.

Biosecurity dashboard

The KVH Dashboard is produced to provide the industry with a view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond to these threats should they arrive. The Dashboard includes a summary of information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from latest risk reporting by MPI. The latest Dashboard is available here.

Biosecurity 2025

MPI and Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partners hosted the Protecting to Grow New Zealand Biosecurity Forum in November 2016, where Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, launched the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.

KVH previously lodged a submission on the proposed Statement, on behalf of both kiwifruit and kiwiberry industries, supported by Zespri, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated and New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated.

More information about the Statement and the wider Biosecurity 2025 initiative activities, is available on the MPI website.

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