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Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018
Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit. In early January the spider was...
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018

Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit.

In early January the spider was spotted on fruit delivered to the packhouse by a fresh fruit importer. It was photographed, captured, and reported through to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and KVH, who recently visited key fruit importers to raise awreness of biosecurity threats and highlight what they can do to mitigate risk.

The importer also checked and confirmed that there weren’t any further spiders or other bugs in their produce.

MPI have since ID’d the spider and confirmed no further acton is required.

Big congratulations to the packhouse and import staff involved for knowing what to do once they spotted something unusual and taking immediate action. The sooner MPI and KVH know of any possible biosecurity issue the sooner we can minimise any harm that might be done and make sure there is nothing for industry to worry about.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018
After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and...
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018

After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and exported to New Zealand from Italy.

We have been discussing with MPI the need to implement stricter measures to help manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) because of increased levels of detections of the bug at the border, and uncertainty around the ability of importers to verify compliance with import requirements.

Sea containers now have the same requirements as vehicles and machinery from Italy for fumigation or heat treatment which must take place before shipping. Documentation must be provided to MPI verifying this.

In place until March, the extra requirement means we, as an industry, can be more confident systems are in place that appropriately manage the risk posed by BMSB at our border over the high-risk summer period. MPI have listened to the concerns raised and taken the right steps. Read more detail about the MPI changes here.

Media Releases
18 December 2017
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
18 December 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, says Stu joins the...
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
18 December 2017

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive.

KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, says Stu joins the team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks; research and innovation; and working on a day-to-day basis with farmers, alongside industry and government partners.

“In his most recent management role at OSPRI, Stu has been responsible for establishing the framework for delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan and several innovative research projects, and has managed relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries and other primary industry groups.”

“Stu is perfectly placed to take the helm and continue the great work the KVH team has been doing to stop unwanted pests and diseases from making their way into our communities and onto our orchards, and being well prepared in case they do get here.”

“We’re very excited to have Stu join KVH and believe he’ll be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry.”

Stu says he is looking forward to joining what he sees as a committed and future-thinking organisation.

“The work the KVH team has been undertaking over the last few years has driven biosecurity solutions and lifted awareness across the kiwifruit industry, and within New Zealand.”

“There are a lot of innovative approaches to biosecurity challenges being led by KVH, with great support and backing from kiwifruit growers who care about the success of the industry and want to be involved. I find that incredibly exciting.”

Stu is currently the Group Manager, Programme Design and Partnerships for OSPRI and has had previous roles as acting Chief Executive for both the Animal Health Board and OSPRI. A veterinarian by trade, he has also held roles within private vet practice and risk management product development for the New Zealand Veterinary Association. 

He replaces current Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, who announced in August 2017 that he would be stepping down from the role after a six-year term in March 2018.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017
KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. The aim of this prize is to encourage...
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017

KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

The aim of this prize is to encourage students to take up post graduate research in biosecurity related projects.

The prize was awarded to Isobel King (far right in the image) by Head of Department, Eileen McLaughlin.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017
As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in...
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017

As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This pathway has not been active since 2013 as a result of the Psa incursion.

The importation of new kiwifruit material is recognised as an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

MPI have completed the first step of the process, a pathway risk assessment to identify biosecurity threats that could potentially enter New Zealand on this pathway from any country. This risk assessment is now being internally peer reviewed at MPI and will be circulated to KVH and other stakeholders for external review before Christmas.  

A Risk Management Plan is currently being written to identify how these threats will be managed to ensure that any associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed.

Public consultation will occur with industry in 2018 and KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always...
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines.

Over the last fortnight, KVH visited several key fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry.

We also distributed posters with important and useful information on pests to look out for that importers can display at their facilities.

Thanks to all the importers we visited. The level of awareness about unwanted pests has impressed us, as has the level of co-operation and willingness to contribute to ideas to improve biosecurity. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it. 
Watch and share a short video about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful
fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread. Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding,...
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread.

Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding, out-grow good pasture and, for our farming neighbours, cause significant issues for livestock if it’s eaten. It has been found on around 20 sites in east and west Bay of Plenty over the years.

There are also a few known kiwifruit orchards with the weed and the very co-operative orchardists are working with the BOPRC to help minimise the risk of its spread with good machine hygiene and regular monitoring.

Alligator Weed is deep rooted, very invasive and difficult to control with herbicides permitted for use in an orchard. It can also be difficult to identify as it dies back completely in the winter months, grows in a variety of habitats, and looks different in wet or dry forms.

KVH and the BOPRC ask orchardists to keep an eye out for the weed and report any signs or symptoms to the Council on 0800 884 880. Don’t try and remove it or kill it yourself as that may risk further spread.

BOPRC are also contacting high-risk properties (those that neighbour a known site or may have been in the floodpath of waters carrying fragments of Alligator Weed from a known site) over the summer to provide detailed information and advice.

If you want to know more about Alligator Weed, what it looks like, and what to do, visit the BOPRC website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper product label update
14 December 2017
AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional...
Copper product label update
14 December 2017

AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional trial data provided to ACVM now supporting movement to a full label claim.

AG Copp 75 holds BioGro certification and may be used on conventional and organic orchards. As with other copper products, AG Copp 75 is not recommended for use on open flowers and may not be applied within seven days of harvest.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017
There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update. 11 new...
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017

There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update.

11 new sites have been confirmed in Auckland (largely around the Eastern Suburbs), a second site has been confirmed in Lower Hutt (close to the original site), three new sites were found in the Bay of Plenty, and one in the Waikato. There is now a total of 40 confirmed sites in the Bay of Plenty.

The first infection in feijoa plants has also been confirmed.

There are comprehensive information sheets available on the MPI website with specific advice for beekeepers, orchardists, nursery owners, and feijoa growers. All nurseries and suppliers should check and follow the NZPPI website for hygiene protocols for plants susceptible to myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants or vines, you may see it on other plants on your orchard or home garden. If you find it, don’t touch it – take a photo and call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

A free app has also been created so people can quickly and easily let officials know if they suspect they’ve found symptoms. Myrtle Rust Reporter can be used for observing and mapping common host plants that may be susceptible to the fungus, getting assistance from others to confirm identifications, and making reports.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017
The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published. Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the...
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017

The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published.

Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the high-risk period so far, and updated surveillance trapping information.

The risk period for fruit flies stretches over the summer until June. Remain vigilant, know what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you may have found any kind of unwanted fruit fly. Fact sheets about fruit flies are available on the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017
Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A...
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017


Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A reminder though to keep watching the risk model, as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather can still occur. Image above is from the Opotiki weather station.  


Psa leaf spots remain a potential inoculum source if weather favours Psa so it is important cover is applied following canopy work and male pruning rounds. Ensure protection is in place prior to high-risk weather.

When applying coppers, maintain a five to seven-day gap between applications of foliars and copper to minimise risk of phytotoxicity to leaves and fruit. Do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions, or high humidity, as risk of fruit staining increases.

Gold skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set with risk increasing between 28 and 42 days and reducing again between 42 and 80 days. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. Copper may be applied during these periods but take care to ensure drying conditions are optimal.

Also choose low-risk weather periods when applying girdles. If copper sprays are used to cover girdling wounds, make sure correct rates are used. High rates of copper should not be applied directly to open girdles.

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