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KVH Team


Barry O'Neil—Chief Executive
Barry is a biosecurity operational specialist. He has significant knowledge from several years in senior management and leadership roles as a consultant and with MAF Biosecurity NZ, in New Zealand and overseas. Barry’s experience includes policy and international standard setting and trade negotiations; and operational biosecurity risk-management activities involving the border, surveillance, response and eradication; and organisational change management. Barry led MAF's emergency response efforts into a number of incursions including the initial MAF response work to Psa. Barry also owns a kiwifruit orchard in Katikati.


Andrew Harrison—Biosecurity Programmes Manager
Andrew is a biosecurity specialist who has led biosecurity readiness, response and long term management operations (including for PTA/kauri dieback and didymo) for both the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation. Andrew has a science background in ecology and resource management. Andrew also has a keen interest in gardening and horticulture. He was the owner of a small business in the landscape industry and is the current Chair of the Nursery and Garden Industry NZ Board. Andrew also owns a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puna.

  Matt Dyck—Biosecurity Analyst
Matt joined KVH in May 2013. Matt’s role focuses on the kiwifruit industry’s wider biosecurity issues, i.e. wider than     Psa-V. Matt determines what offshore biosecurity risks may exist, if border security measures are sufficient, and what response plans should be in place to deal with incursions should they occur. Matt has previously been involved in biosecurity responses while working for AgriQuality, holds an MSc, and has worked in aquaculture in New Zealand and in South East Asia in environmental and project management roles.
  John Mather—NPMP Analyst & Compliance Officer
John joined the KVH team in May 2013. John plays a key role implementing the NPMP, including all aspects of compliance. John has recently worked for the University of Auckland advising biosecurity management and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, coordinating biosecurity programmes. John also represented regional councils on several advisory and steering groups, including the National Pest Plant Accord, National Interest Pest Programmes, Forest Biosecurity Coordination and the National Biocontrol Collective.  John has a Horticultural Management qualification and was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Peter Mourits—Operational Programme Manager
Peter leads the operations team in the provision of Psa-V technical support to the industry. Peter has worked in a wide cross sector of the New Zealand primary production industry in both business development and senior leadership roles, more recently in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector. He led the team that developed the real-time PCR test for the identification of Psa-V and established a Psa-V testing service for the kiwifruit industry.


Linda Peacock—Grower Services and Technical Support Specialist
Linda leads the KVH technical transfer team. She communicates and facilitates the implementation of results from the KVH/ZESPRI research and development partnership programme. Linda has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 25 years, in both growing and post-harvest roles, and prior to joining KVH was technical manager at Direct Management Services (DMS).


Karyn Lowry—Monitoring and Investigation Advisor
Karyn is responsible for implementing the KVH Psa Compliance, Monitoring and Audit Programme. This involves developing and maintaining the appropriate KVH protocols and ensuring post-harvest compliance standards are met and maintained.


Jacqui Craig—Office and Accounts Manager
Jacqui is the Office and Human Resources Manager at KVH, providing support to the Chief Executive, managing daily staff and operational requirements, and the maintenance of all administration functions.  

Jacqui also provides office management and accounts support for NZKGI.



Elyse Patchett—Administrative Coordinator

Elyse joined KVH in June 2016 and provides administrative support to the Chief Executive and the team at KVH. She is the first point of contact for all enquiries.

Elyse also provides administration support for NZKGI.


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