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KVH Team

Stu Hutchings - Chief Executive

Stu joined the KVH team in March 2018, relocating to Tauranga from Wellington.

Prior to taking up the KVH role, Stu was a Group Manager for OSPRI and has had previous roles as acting Chief Executive there as well as at the Animal Health Board. A veterinarian by trade, he has also held roles within private vet practice and risk management product development for the New Zealand Veterinary Association. 

Stu is experienced in management of biosecurity risks, developing research and innovation programmes, and working on a day-to-day basis with farmers and growers, alongside industry and government. In his most recent management role at OSPRI, Stu was also responsible for establishing delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan.

Andrew Harrison - Biosecurity Programmes Manager

Andrew Harrison joined KVH in 2012 as Biosecurity Programmes Manager.

He leads a small team with particular focus on the prevention side of biosecurity (things like global scanning for new risks and influencing Government and others to prevent arrival of new threats), readiness and response to make sure we’re well prepared for any future biosecurity crisis, and on underpinning science and innovation.   

Andrew’s a biosecurity specialist. He previously worked in the biosecurity field for both the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Department of Conservation (DOC), where he’s led biosecurity readiness, response and pest management operations, as well as biosecurity strategy, policy and law reform in various senior management and technical roles.

With KVH, a recent focus for Andrew was leading a BMSB exercise, which brought industry leaders and specialist advisers together to test how prepared we are for one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry today, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Development of our industry’s new BMSB Readiness Plan was tested during that exercise – a joint KVH/Zespri project and effort which Andrew led.

A key focus for Andrew in the near future is taking the Biosecurity Excellence at Port of Tauranga partnership to the next level. This includes working with researchers from Better Border Biosecurity to support developing biosecurity excellence at the Port, and rolling this approach out across other marine and air ports around New Zealand.

Matt Dyck - Biosecurity Analyst

Before Matt joined KVH as a Biosecurity Analyst in 2013, he was working in the jungles of Northern Malaysia as an Environmental Manager for the country’s largest finfish aquaculture operation. A marine scientist by study, he now finds himself helping the kiwifruit industry prepare for the next big biosecurity threat.

Matt has recently completed the Readiness Plan for Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), a task completed in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to confirm a mutually agreed approach, peer-reviewed by a panel of experts. Brazilian Wilt is a fungal pathogen that is causing significant impacts to the kiwifruit industry in Brazil.

Matt is already beginning to work on the next Readiness Plan which he aims to complete before the end of the year and is continually working with Zespri, MPI and the science community to learn about new offshore risks.

John Mather - NPMP Analyst and Compliance Officer

John joined the KVH team in May 2013 as National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) Analyst and Compliance Officer.

He plays a key role in implementing the plan, including all aspects of compliance.

John is an Authorised Person under the Biosecurity Act and issues permissions for requested movements of risk items including kiwifruit plant material used for (non-Psa) research, and machinery movements where KVH authorisation is required. 

John also works with landowners to ensure that NPMP mandatory requirements around orchard management are met.  

John has an overall management role, working with Regional Councils and landowners, to ensure that any wild kiwifruit infestations are detected and destroyed. 

Peter Mourits - Operations Manager

Peter has a marketing and business development background and has held senior management positions in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector and the agricultural sector. 

He has an MBA and more than twenty years’ experience in primary production, primarily in the fertiliser sector. He led the team that developed the PCR test for the identification of Psa-V and established a Psa-V testing service for the kiwifruit industry.

Peter started working at KVH in late 2013. His role involves supporting the operations team in the provision of technical advice to the industry and works closely with the science community in developing an understanding around Psa resistance to control products.  He enjoys working with growers and sharing what the industry learns about Psa management.

Peter sees shifting growers’ mindsets from Psa to best practice for wider biosecurity as a significant challenge for KVH and the industry if we are to be collectively successful in reducing the risk imposed by increasing biosecurity challenges at our borders.

Linda Peacock - Grower Services and Technical Support Specialist

Linda has been with KVH since 2011 and has worked with growers and technical teams from all growing regions over the past six years, helping build knowledge around best practice management of Psa.

She is a member of the Psa steering group and also the Zespri crop protection steering group with input into research projects and facilitation and implementation of results from the KVH/ZESPRI research projects.

More recently, her role has had increased focus on biosecurity and now includes co-ordination of the KiwiNet representatives from across the post-harvest sector. Meeting and sharing knowledge with a wide range of great people across the industry remains the best part of her job.

Linda has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 30 years, in both growing and post-harvest roles, and prior to joining KVH was technical manager at Direct Management Services (DMS).

Karyn Lowry - Compliance and Surveillance Advisor

Karyn Lowry joined the KVH team in January 2011 to assist with supervising sampling and monitoring teams in Te Puke during the initial Psa response.

Karyn is now the longest serving member of the team, working in the areas of surveillance and compliance. Her role has included organising various monitoring programmes associated with Psa, developing and maintaining KVH protocols and ensuring post-harvest compliance standards are met. This
includes an audit function across pack houses, kiwifruit processors, budwood suppliers and pollen mills.

Since the inception of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2014 she has been involved in assisting nurseries wanting to join the scheme in producing their manuals, and organising associated sampling, testing and external auditing.

Jacqui Craig - Office and Accounts Manager

Jacqui is the Office and Human Resources Manager at KVH. She provides support to the Chief Executive, manages daily staff and operational requirements, and the maintenance of all administration functions. 

Jacqui also provides office management and accounts support for NZKGI.



Lisa Gibbison - Communications Advisor

Lisa joined KVH in March 2017 as Communications Advisor and manages the ways the organisation engages with growers, post-harvest facilities, the public, and key partners within the industry.

Lisa has a strong communications background within Government and the
public sector in Wellington, including being a part of the Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity communications team when the Psa outbreak first occurred.

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