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Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted

There are eight organisms identified as the biggest biosecurity threat to NZ's kiwifruit industry. This is based on the risk of them arriving in New Zealand and the consequence to the industry should this occur. These are 'Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted'.

Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted!

There are over fifty pests and pathogens identified as potential threats to the kiwifruit industry.

KVH has developed a risk matrix to provide a structured and objective method of prioritising these organisms into a shorter list for the purpose of readiness and response planning. However, we recognise that the next biosecurity threat to challenge the industry may not be on this list and therefore readiness activities will not be limited to only these organisms.

The original version of this report was peer reviewed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Plant & Food Research. It is continually updated to reflect changes in the risk profile of pests and pathogens.

  • Click here to read the report (12.01.16)
  • Click here to view Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted pests and diseases (01.12.14)
  • Click here to read an article in the KVH Annual Report 2016/17 about preparing for threats specific to kiwifruit

You can read more about specific pests and pathogens on the Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted list, the work being done to stop them crossing our borders (and how KVH and the kiwifruit industry are preparing to respond if they were to arrive here), and research in to the damage they may cause if they were to establish in New Zealand on the following pages:


Kiwifruit Vine Health

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314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

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