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Protocols & Movement Controls
14 June 2018
Proposed changes to regional boundaries
14 June 2018
KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are classified as...
Proposed changes to regional boundaries
14 June 2018

KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but have resulted in some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting with growers and the industry on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help
remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island. At the same time KVH is undertaking a review of the KPCS certification system, with a view to ensuring that robust risk management processes and traceability is occurring for all kiwifruit plant material movements.

The proposed changes are detailed in the fact sheet and map available on the KVH website. We have also put together answers to frequently asked questions and will keep these updated as the consultation progresses. We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes.  Based on the feedback we receive we would decide whether we immediately amend the current boundaries, or not.

The consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

KVH will also be discussing the proposal over the next few days at Fieldays and at upcoming grower and postharvest meetings.

Company Notices
14 June 2018
AGM reminder
14 June 2018
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July. This is a...
AGM reminder
14 June 2018

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018
There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within...
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018

There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within a shipment or container.  All seed contaminating fruit has been from the very invasive South American plant, Pampas. 

Pampas is well-established in most regions where kiwifruit is grown and is now in full-flower. The seeds (more than 100,000 per flowerhead) will be dispersed by strong winds - any Pampas growing in or adjacent to kiwifruit orchards can cause problems. If Pampas is established in your orchard or shelter belt, cut down and destroy the flowerheads now. Plants can be dug out or removed by a digger or controlled with glyphosate herbicide.  A surfactant/spreader must be added to the herbicide mixture. Do not attempt to spray Pampas in an orchard if fruit is still on vines.

Pampas is different from the native Toetoe in that Pampas grows faster and is a very invasive plant; it flowers in autumn rather than spring; is more robust and has an upright growth habit rather than the more prostrate Toetoe; and produces a different shaped, larger flowerhead (cone-shaped rather than the limp flag-like flower of the native Toetoe). View a table listing all differences.


KVH will be talking to regional councils, road and rail authorities to request more pampas control, especially along the road and rail corridors.

Email John Mather
at KVH if you would like any further information.

Company Notices
14 June 2018
Fieldays
14 June 2018
KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays. Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big...
Fieldays
14 June 2018

KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big responses in other industries e.g. Mycoplasma bovis. The lunchtime sessions with short addresses from Zespri, KVH and NZKGI have been well-attended.

KVH is taking the opportunity to catch up with growers to talk about the consultation currently underway on changes to within Recovery region boundaries; the project we’ve been working on putting in an application to the Environmental Protection Authority to release the Samurai Wasp as a control tool in the event of an incursion; and the recent submissions we made on behalf of the kiwifruit industry for that application as well as for the recent Ministry for Primary Industries consultation on proposed import requirements for Actinidia plant material. We will also be talking to other stallholders and importers of machinery to ensure they are aware of the risk of unwanted pests and the protocol to follow if they find anything unusual on their shipments.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and KVH staff will be based in the Zespri tent at Mystery Creek again Thursday and Friday – please drop in and say hello.



Image: Waikato kiwifruit grower Richard Glen and KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings at Fieldays on Wednesday.

Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018
A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter...
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018

A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter months.

The video is hosted by Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste but unlike the summer video which focuses on orchards and gardens, this winter version has more information and imagery about the fact the bug infests homes, hibernates over winter and is almost impossible to get rid of. 


Read more from the last Bulletin about the work KVH is doing alongside other horticultural product groups about BMSB over winter, including TV and website advertising.

Company Notices
11 June 2018
Listen to the latest news
11 June 2018
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
11 June 2018

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We’ll also podcast breaking announcements and updates, such as the recent fight against stink bugs on cargo ships in Auckland.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 June 2018
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018
KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are classified as...
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018

KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but provide some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting with growers and the industry on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island.

The proposed changes are detailed in the below consultation paper and summarised in the fact sheet. KVH has also collated a set of questions and answers that will be added to as the consultation phase progresses. We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes.  Based on the feedback we receive we would decide whether we immediately amend the current boundaries, or not.

The consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the KVH team to provide feedback or clarify any aspect of the proposal. KVH can be contacted by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

Changes to KVH regional boundaries documents:

·         Consultation paper (including map of proposed new North Island Recovery region)

·         Fact sheet

·         Submission template form

·         Frequently asked questions and answers

R&D News
31 May 2018
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018
One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the...
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018

One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the presence or absence of a particular organism if a grower reports unusual symptoms to us, and if we move into response mode determine the extent of infection.

Developing these tests for specific organisms is therefore one of our priorities for the biosecurity research portfolio. Two new reports have recently been put up on our website highlighting research outputs in this area, including:

• Evaluating RT-PCR tests for Pelargonium Zonate Spot Virus, a virus that is known to infect kiwifruit in Europe and reduce plant productivity. See the report here.

• Development of a detection assay for Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), the soil borne pathogen that has caused significant impacts to kiwifruit growers in Brazil. See the report here.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018
In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the...
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018

In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the TVNZ Q&A show Sunday 20 May.

KVH was asked for comment by media and explained that on behalf of the kiwifruit industry KVH was the first group to sign up to GIA – the Government Industry Agreement for Readiness and Response, and has been at the forefront of biosecurity readiness planning with growers, post-harvest and others across the kiwifruit industry.

There is no doubt that we need to be sure we are well prepared and can quickly respond to any biosecurity incursion to the industry. This will mean we are able to minimise the impacts on orchards and businesses, people’s livelihoods, communities and environments. Representing growers best interests is always the priority for KVH as we continue to work alongside government (and other industry groups) under GIA, making sure there are cost-effective biosecurity operations being delivered.

Read more about how KVH works with government to fight pest threats under GIA. 

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018
We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout. KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up...
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018

We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout.

KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up over the winter months. Online advertising (including news websites, Metservice and On Demand TV services), social media and posters are all being used to help get the message out about the lifestlye impacts of this unwanted pest.

The ads focus on the fact that BMSB hibernates inside homes in the winter, can infest homes in the thousands, stinks when crushed, and is almost impossible to get rid of.

Look out for the ad in your next Kiwiflier and follow KVH on Twitter and Facebook to see more.

Company Notices
31 May 2018
AGM reminder
31 May 2018
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome...
AGM reminder
31 May 2018

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Growers will receive KVH AGM packs in the mail early in July. Packs will contain the Chairman’s Report, 2017 KVH audited financial statements,  the proposed budget for the 2019/20 financial year, and voting information. A copy of the KVH Annual Update for 2017/18 will also be included.

Grower News
31 May 2018
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018
Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out. KVH is aware of some nurseries that...
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018

Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out.

KVH is aware of some nurseries that have plants remaining. Growers looking for plants, or other nurseries with plants remaining, can contact KVH and we can endeavour to connect the parties. Email info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.

When sourcing plants, KVH Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) movement controls must be observed. Growers are advised to order plants a year in advance to prevent being caught in this situation.

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

Email: info@kvh.org.nz