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Biosecurity News
20 April 2017
BMSB planning
20 April 2017
In recent issues of the Bulletin we’ve outlined a number of initiatives KVH is involved in to improve readiness for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). These initiatives have been focused on...
BMSB planning
20 April 2017

In recent issues of the Bulletin we’ve outlined a number of initiatives KVH is involved in to improve readiness for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

These initiatives have been focused on keeping the pest out, raising public awareness so that we detect any arrivals, developing an eradication approach, working towards a pre-emptive approval for the release of a biocontrol agent and developing an Operational Agreement for BMSB under GIA so that horticultural industries agree on decision making and cost sharing for this pest.

These activities are all still continuing across the horticultural sector, however we are also undertaking initiatives specific to the kiwifruit sector.

KVH has presented to industry forums to identify and work through some of the high level challenges and decisions we may face as a sector. These forums include the NZKGI Executive and forum, Industry Advisory Council (IAC), Industry Supply Group (ISG), and supply groups such as G4.

KVH is also working with Zespri to develop on-orchard management strategies for this pest should it establish, to identify the best control approach and if needed implement research to support this. KVH and Zespri are holding a small technical workshop to progress this in early May and are leveraging off the experience of Northern Hemisphere horticultural sectors and research initiatives.

Grower News
20 April 2017
Website easier to use
20 April 2017
We’ve made a change to our website to make it easier and quicker for growers to find useful information. There is now a section under the ‘Growers’ tab called ‘Grower...
Website easier to use
20 April 2017

We’ve made a change to our website to make it easier and quicker for growers to find useful information.

There is now a section under the ‘Growers’ tab called ‘Grower resources’ where we list links to all the most topical documents, videos, and news items on our site that growers might need at any given time.

You can now simply to go to this resources page instead of having to search across different pages and sections to find things (the easy shortcut to get there is www.kvh.org.nz/resources).

We’ll regularly update the page so that the items on it are always the ones you most want and need.

Biosecurity News
20 April 2017
MPI takes action to reduce risk
20 April 2017
Late last week MPI temporarily suspended importation of rockmelon and honeydew melon from Australia because of the detection of live insects on several recent consignments. Although none of the...
MPI takes action to reduce risk
20 April 2017

Late last week MPI temporarily suspended importation of rockmelon and honeydew melon from Australia because of the detection of live insects on several recent consignments.

Although none of the insects found were fruit flies, it does indicate there could possibly be an issue with the post-harvest treatment (dimethoate) that is used in the management of risk from fruit flies.

KVH fully supports the precautionary measure MPI has taken – protecting New Zealand from fruit flies is of the highest importance. There is a chance that consumer supply of the melon is affected over the next couple of weeks but we believe this to be a small inconvenience compared to a fruit fly incursion that could disrupt trade and result in large economic losses for exporters.

We were also pleased to see that on Tuesday MPI announced their x-ray screening had found a passenger’s bag full of undeclared fruit and vegetables at Christchurch airport.

The traveller was flying from Sydney over Easter weekend and admitted she was trying to smuggle the food into New Zealand. MPI and Immigration New Zealand worked together and the passenger was denied entry into the country – a strong stance, fully supported by KVH and one that shows our border systems are working and that Government is serious about biosecurity. Any one of the smuggled items could have been carrying unwanted pest threats that could have a devastating impact and KVH believes the right action was taken.

Biosecurity News
20 April 2017
Biosecurity in the news
20 April 2017
Motel cleaners hailed as horticultural heroes was the headline for several stories in New Zealand and Australian media recently. The articles detailed finds of BMSB earlier this year and highlighted...
Biosecurity in the news
20 April 2017

Motel cleaners hailed as horticultural heroes was the headline for several stories in New Zealand and Australian media recently. The articles detailed finds of BMSB earlier this year and highlighted the importance of the bugs being spotted and reported to MPI.

Stories like these continue to raise the profile of not only our most unwanted pests but also the need for everyone to be on the lookout and know what to do if they find an anything unusual.

Here at KVH our key message is to ‘catch it, snap it, report it’ – no matter how unsure people are about what they’ve found - and we hope to see more positive news media like this championing the same message.

Company Notices
20 April 2017
Change is coming
20 April 2017
But don’t panic, we’re not going anywhere. We think it’s time we freshened up the way we present things and maybe even some of the colours we use ... we’re working on it now...
Change is coming
20 April 2017

But don’t panic, we’re not going anywhere. We think it’s time we freshened up the way we present things and maybe even some of the colours we use ... we’re working on it now and will have more to share over the coming weeks.

Grower News
20 April 2017
Another nursery joins scheme
20 April 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that Hill Nurseries in Hawkes Bay has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) this week. Hill Nurseries has met the requirements to sell KPCS “fully...
Another nursery joins scheme
20 April 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that Hill Nurseries in Hawkes Bay has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) this week.

Hill Nurseries has met the requirements to sell KPCS “fully certified” plants to growers between regions in accordance with KVH movement controls.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries.

For a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS, click here.

Biosecurity News
6 April 2017
Fruit fly risk update
6 April 2017
Using latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) we’ve produced a risk update for fruit fly. The update includes interception data for the calendar year and information about...
Fruit fly risk update
6 April 2017

Using latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) we’ve produced a risk update for fruit fly. The update includes interception data for the calendar year and information about the surveillance programme in place. Read the update here (it’s also available to download anytime from the KVH website).

The Queensland Fruit Fly risk period stretches until June so we’ve also included important reminders about what to look out for and what to do if you suspect you’ve found this unwanted pest.

Biosecurity News
6 April 2017
BMSB readiness planning
6 April 2017
Horticulture New Zealand hosted a workshop to improve industry understanding of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) last Thursday. Run at the end of the Horticulture Industry Forum in...
BMSB readiness planning
6 April 2017

Horticulture New Zealand hosted a workshop to improve industry understanding of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) last Thursday.

Run at the end of the Horticulture Industry Forum in Wellington, KVH were invited to take part along with other industry stakeholders.

The workshop was based on a fictional find of a bug in the Gisborne region and included a simulation, the basis for a response, and how the industry can support a response. There will be a round-up of the key learnings put together for everyone to review but one that was highlighted right from the outset was the importance of getting community support and buy-in from the start.

Groups across the industry – HortNZ, KVH, Pipfruit New Zealand, NZ Wine, and NZ Avocadoes – are working together to develop best practice BMSB risk management expectations and guidelines to support importers and distributors of farm and orchard equipment and supplies from high-risk BMSB countries, such as tractors from Italy.

KVH is also planning a further exercise scenario with Zespri over the coming weeks to ensure there are robust plans in place for quickly getting information to and from growers in the event of a BMSB find.

Communications campaigns to get information out to the public continue to take place. There has been fantastic uptake of the MPI video about BMSB featuring Ruud, the bug man (watch below). In just over a month the video has been viewed on Facebook more than 160 thousand times and has reached just over 330,000 people through their Facebook pages – if you haven’t already viewed or shared it with colleagues, family and friends please do.



Two further videos were also developed last week targeting travellers and those who receive mail. These are quick, short animated videos encouraging and reminding people to check their bags and parcels. Released over the weekend they are already proving popular and help to spread the message about being on the lookout for this serious threat.

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said on Wednesday that various activities – like the ones above – to prevent the establishment of BMSB have ramped up over summer and helped raise public awareness of this serious threat.

“Work underway includes detector dog training, research on the effectiveness of lures, obtaining approval for chemical sprays and public awareness advertising and campaigns.”

“There is also mandatory treatments of vehicle and machinery pathways, and targeted verification inspections on sea containers. MPI will soon be visiting European exporters of high risk cargo and working with them to mitigate these risks.”

KVH continues to work closely with MPI as part of the GIA on biosecurity and in the last Bulletin published an update (including data) on all pre-border, border and post-border interventions to manage BMSB risk.

Company Notices
6 April 2017
KVH single entity formalised
6 April 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated will now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA). The Minister for Primary Industries approved...
KVH single entity formalised
6 April 2017

Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated will now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA).

The Minister for Primary Industries approved the application late March, which confirms and completes the legal requirements of moving to a single legal entity - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - to represent the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors from 1 April.

Further information will be presented at the KVH AGM in July to liquidate the former KVH Foundation.

Grower News
6 April 2017
More nurseries join scheme
6 April 2017
KVH is pleased to announce two more nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme this week (KPCS). Brimat Nursery and Robinwood, both in Pongakawa have met the requirements to...
More nurseries join scheme
6 April 2017

KVH is pleased to announce two more nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme this week (KPCS).

Brimat Nursery and Robinwood, both in Pongakawa have met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified plants to growers in the Te Puke region.

There are now 17 nurseries who are part of the scheme and quite a few more are expected to meet the testing and auditing requirements in the next few months.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants form nurseries.

For a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS, click here.

Biosecurity News
6 April 2017
Reward still stands for reports of wanted bird
6 April 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) continues to offer a $1,000 reward to Bay of Plenty residents who report sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul. MPI is working in...
Reward still stands for reports of wanted bird
6 April 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) continues to offer a $1,000 reward to Bay of Plenty residents who report sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul.

MPI is working in partnership with the Department of Conservation and local authorities to eradicate the bird, an introduced pest that’s renowned for the damage it inflicts on fruit and vegetable crops.
With our extensive kiwifruit industry and other horticultural crops, this is not a bird we want in the Bay of Plenty.

A single red vented bulbul was found and removed near Te Puke last year and the person who reported it received the reward – which is $1,000 for information that leads directly to a successful removal by a member of the MPI response team.

If you think you’ve seen a red-vented bulbul, please report the sighting to MPI on 0800 80 99 66 with an indication of location as well as a photo if possible.

Red-vented bulbuls are a medium-sized bird around the size of a starling (20 cm in length – body and tail). They are generally dark brown/grey coloured with a lighter chest and rump, a small crest (upstanding feathers) on their head, and significantly, a very distinctive crimson-red patch of feathers beneath their tail.

In recent years, small populations of the bird have been eradicated from areas in Auckland. Although they are established in Australia and on some Pacific islands, they are not likely to have flown to New Zealand but it's possible they have stowed away on large ocean-going vessels.

Grower News
6 April 2017
Protecting orchards from Psa through autumn
6 April 2017
Autumn is a high risk period for Psa as cooler, wetter weather conditions favour multiplication and spread of disease.  The Psa-V risk model showed heightened Psa risk for most growing...
Protecting orchards from Psa through autumn
6 April 2017

Autumn is a high risk period for Psa as cooler, wetter weather conditions favour multiplication and spread of disease. 

The Psa-V risk model showed heightened Psa risk for most growing regions over the past week and looking forward risk continues to be moderate in areas such as the Waikato, Northland and parts of the Bay of Plenty (see image above - risk profile from the Karapiro weather station in the Waikato).

Growers should step up protection in line with these seasonal changes and individual orchard risk. For those harvesting later in the season applying a copper spray, when weather and ground conditions allow, will begin to rebuild protective cover across vines. A reminder that leaf spots can provide a source of inoculum so should be considered when making decisions on spray applications. 

Immediately following harvest, growers should be getting copper spray programmes underway to help prevent Psa entering their vines through harvest wounds and leaf scars.

Incorporation of Actigard into a post-harvest programme will reduce the likelihood of disease symptoms appearing the following spring. Actigard can be tank mixed with copper and is most effective when applied to leaves that are still in good condition. Extreme care must be taken to avoid spray drift onto unharvested blocks. After spraying Actigard ensure that spray tanks, lines and nozzles are cleaned thoroughly before spraying other products on unharvested fruit.

For more information, refer to KVH's Psa-V Best Practice Guide.

Any growers concerned they may not be achieving the expected levels of Psa control from copper applications at label rates should contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

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