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Grower News
12 January 2017
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017
KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list.    Geoff’s award is for...
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017

KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list. 

 
Geoff’s award is for services to the wine industry, including his roles in introducing accredited virus testing, more than 120 new varieties and clones to the wine industry, and independently audited grapevine certification (resulting in the 2012 New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard).
 
Riversun Nursery is also part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), and Geoff has worked closely with KVH from early days to assist development of the KPCS (and the predecessor “KVH registered nursery” scheme), sharing his expertise and experience with grapevine and avocado plant certification. Geoff’s laboratory, Linnaeus Laboratory, also provided diagnostic capability during early stages of the Psa-V response and has carried out various research trials for Zespri and KVH that contributed to the Psa-V research effort.
 
Grower News
12 January 2017
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017
Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them. For a full list...
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017

Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them.

For a full list of KPCS certified nurseries and to find out more about the requirements of the KPCS, click here. 
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz.    Come along and support our industry’s talented...
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz
 
Come along and support our industry’s talented young horticulturalists, while MC Ruud Kleinpaste aka ‘The Bug Man’ keeps everyone entertained over a three-course meal and drinks. 
 
The gala dinner and awards night will be held on Wednesday 15 February at ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Tickets are $90 each and tables of ten are available. Don’t miss out – get your tickets now. 
 
The Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition showcases and celebrates the horticultural industry's top young talent each year, developing skills and fostering leadership for our future leaders. 
 
Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 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 strengthen...
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 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 strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines. 

 
Prior to Christmas, KVH visited several 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 great information on pests to look out for; for importers to display in their facilities. Thanks to the importers we visited, who were all very willing to listen and contribute ideas to improve biosecurity.
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017
KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his...
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017

KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his reflections on his time with KVH in the next bulletin.

Sonia is the General Manager of Apata GROW - Apata's Orchard Management division. She has a technical background in horticulture including a Bachelor of Horticulture Science (with first class honours in plant protection) and a doctorate in plant diseases.

Sonia's career has spanned 20 years,  moving from Academia into Commerce, with a focus on accessing innovative science to support the various agriculture sectors.

Biosecurity is a subject close to Sonia's heart, having been in technical roles supporting growers during two major incursions. The first was the 2006 tomato/potato psyllid incursion and the associated bacterial disease liberibacter, followed by Psa in kiwifruit in 2010. Both events emphasised to Sonia the importance of industry awareness of biosecurity threats to ensure preparedness and support early detection.

"The reality of the situation is that raising the profile of biosecurity is challenging. Growers find it difficult to turn their mind to something that isn’t happening, or hasn't happened yet, when there are so many things that need to be dealt with right now. However, a major pest incursion is, in my view, the greatest threat facing the future success of our industry, so we need to understand these threats and be ready to act decisively and effectively if or when they are realised".

Sonia is excited about the opportunity to work with the KVH Board and staff to help advance the kiwifruit industry’s state of readiness.   

Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017
Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home...
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017

Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home here.

It is important that everyone understands the seriousness of a BMSB invasion, as it is not just a horticultural pest but a real lifestyle pest as well. Not only will they ruin crops and gardens, they will also infest buildings and houses.  BMSB likes to hide in dark spaces, cracks and crevices – so keep an eye out for them and if you think you’ve found one – CATCH IT, SNAP IT, REPORT IT to 0800 80 99 66.

Check out this video from the USA, where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share this video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it was to establish in New Zealand

 
Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
KVH hosts Kiwinet workshop
15 December 2016
KVH last week facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 35 participants from MPI and industry stakeholders in attendance. The aim of the workshop was to engage with the group,...
KVH hosts Kiwinet workshop
15 December 2016

KVH last week facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 35 participants from MPI and industry stakeholders in attendance. The aim of the workshop was to engage with the group, inform them of emerging biosecurity threats and to discuss ways KiwiNet will be involved for any future responses.

 
The group was presented with information by MPI’s Rory MacLellan and Lindi Eloff on emerging risks to the industry, such as Spotted Wing Drosophila and Red Vented Bulbul. 
 
The main focus of the workshop was the Ceratocystis fimbriata exercise. For this exercise, the draft Readiness Plan was tested, to raise awareness of how we might respond; identifying practical issues and knowledge gaps to be addressed going forward. A scenario was presented and background information given, while representatives from KVH, Zespri, MPI and Plant and Food Research role-played to determine what the Kiwinet involvement would be and possible response strategies to the situation. Ceratocystis fimbriata is a fungal pathogen considered one of the most serious biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry. 
 
Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
Don't bring imported fruit onto your orchard
15 December 2016
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 strengthen...
Don't bring imported fruit onto your orchard
15 December 2016
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 strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit on to orchards or discarding waste material near vines. 
 
In many cases, an unwanted organism will not survive if it happens to penetrate our borders unless it comes into contact with host material – so don’t give it a helping hand.
 
KVH is also working with importers to raise awareness of what they should be looking out for and the importance of biosecurity to our industry, as well as working alongside MPI to ensure we understand risk and that this is appropriately managed across import pathway. R&D is an important component of this and KVH and Zespri are funding a number of research projects in New Zealand and offshore as part of our Biosecurity Research Portfolio.
 
Image: White Peach Scale is one pest which could find its way to NZ in imported fruit
 
Click here to learn more about White Peach Scale and other offshore risks.
 

 

Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
Moving budwood?
15 December 2016
Psa can be spread through movement of infected plant material, including budwood. Presently there is no effective way to ‘clean’ infected material or guarantee the Psa status of any...
Moving budwood?
15 December 2016

Psa can be spread through movement of infected plant material, including budwood. Presently there is no effective way to ‘clean’ infected material or guarantee the Psa status of any material. 

 
All suppliers of budwood must register with KVH and complete a biosecurity risk management plan, recording all budwood movements. The movement of infected plant material is not permitted. 
 
Movement controls restrict the movement of budwood within and between regions. 
 
These movement controls are underpinned with a legal notice, available on the KVH website, of which failure to comply may result in a prosecution under the Biosecurity Act 1993.
 
To find out more about Budwood protocols, click here.
 
Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
KVH assists Northpower with on-orchard hygiene procedures
15 December 2016
Northpower services a large area of the electricity distribution network, including the important Whangarei Exclusion Region.  Contractors trim vegetation and dig into the soil on many...
KVH assists Northpower with on-orchard hygiene procedures
15 December 2016
Northpower services a large area of the electricity distribution network, including the important Whangarei Exclusion Region.  Contractors trim vegetation and dig into the soil on many properties, including within kiwifruit orchards.  Northpower has routinely done the right thing; removing vegetation and sterilising equipment between orchards.  
 
KVH addressed Northpower contract crews at one of their regular team meetings, and provided an update on practical steps to prevent pests spreading via soil, vegetation or contaminated tools.  It also gave KVH the opportunity to increase the contractor’s knowledge of soil-borne pathogens such as the Brazilian wilt disease, Ceratocystis fimbriata, or the potentially harmful Phytophthora pathogens.  
 
KVH appreciates the pro-active management and cooperation of Northpower to protect the kiwifruit industry from harmful pests.
 
Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
Border protection over summer
15 December 2016
 The number of challenges facing MPI at the border is increasing every year. From a volume and risk point of view, this summer is likely to exceed any that have come before.   1.3 million...
Border protection over summer
15 December 2016

 The number of challenges facing MPI at the border is increasing every year. From a volume and risk point of view, this summer is likely to exceed any that have come before.  

1.3 million passengers are expected to arrive during December and January, along with 41,487 container consignments and 300 consignments of nursery stock. This, as well as other mail, cargo, cruise vessels and small craft due to arrive on our shores, presents a mammoth task for MPI.
 
Risk is also elevated as it is the time of year when fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – two of our greatest threats – are most likely to enter the country.
 
Due to these expectations, MPI has taken the steps to ensure the risk passenger pathway is working effectively, including a significant change to the layout of the biosecurity area at Auckland International Airport. More space has been confirmed to allow for x-ray machines, biosecurity dogs and better passenger segmentation. 
 
Discussions are also being held surrounding changes in passenger demographics and behaviours, with the amount of food passengers are bringing in increasing all the time. Whilst most of it is compliant, significant resources are needed to inspect, identify and clear the items.  
 
KVH commends the work MPI is doing to prevent unwanted pests and organisms entering New Zealand. 
 
Biosecurity News
15 December 2016
You can help promote BMSB biocontrol
15 December 2016
If T. japonicas was to be imported to help combat an arrival of BMSB, it is important to understand potential impacts to New Zealand’s current shield bug population.   Plant and Food...
You can help promote BMSB biocontrol
15 December 2016
If T. japonicas was to be imported to help combat an arrival of BMSB, it is important to understand potential impacts to New Zealand’s current shield bug population.
 
Plant and Food Research need a supply of shield bugs to test whether T. japonicus parasitises them as well as BMSB. You can help! If you detect any of the following (pictured right):
·        Brown Shield Bug
·        Glossy Shield Bug
·        Spiny Shield Bug
 
If you detect any of these bugs, please courier them to:
Sophie Hunt
c/o Plant & Food Research
120 Mt Albert Road
Mt Albert
Auckland 1025
 

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314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

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Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz