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Grower News
23 August 2018
Purchasing plants?
23 August 2018
KVH has been made aware of the theft of kiwifruit plants from a nursery recently. We remind all growers that only Kiwifruit Plant Certificaton Scheme (KPCS) certified plants should be sourced, from...
Purchasing plants?
23 August 2018

KVH has been made aware of the theft of kiwifruit plants from a nursery recently. We remind all growers that only Kiwifruit Plant Certificaton Scheme (KPCS) certified plants should be sourced, from KPCS nurseries. All plants come with dispatch records from the nursery, including batch information which is vital for traceability in the event of an incursion. These should be filed with GAP records.

For growers wishing to purchase plants, there is a list of nurseries who have met the KPCS Full Certification requirements on the KVH website. Restricted certification plants are available from nurseries named in the Restricted Certification Nursery List. These plants can only go to Psa-V positive orchards.

Media Releases
22 August 2018
Horticulture welcomes major biocontrol milestone
22 August 2018
The New Zealand horticulture industry has welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision allowing the release of a tiny Samurai Wasp into New Zealand, if ever there was an...
Horticulture welcomes major biocontrol milestone
22 August 2018

The New Zealand horticulture industry has welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision allowing the release of a tiny Samurai Wasp into New Zealand, if ever there was an incursion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

BMSB Council Chair Alan Pollard applauded the outcome as a major milestone against one of the greatest threats to New Zealand’s horticultural industry and urban communities.

“The industry greatly appreciates the positive decision and acknowledges the consideration given by the EPA to the significant number of submissions made on the application."

”Today we’ve achieved a significant step towards preparing for a major biosecurity risk, which is getting greater by the day, with increasing trade and tourism crossing our borders,” he said.

The Samurai Wasp is the size of a poppy seed and completely harmless to humans and animals except stink bugs. It is a natural enemy of BMSB; the female wasp lays her eggs inside those of the stink bug, killing the nymph in the process. Studies overseas have shown that the wasp can destroy over 70 percent of the eggs in a stink bug egg mass.

“The stink bug could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for our industry, as well as seriously damaging quality of life for all New Zealanders."

“With the heightened awareness of biosecurity risk across New Zealand, our industry is more aware than ever that we cannot afford to be, and never will be, complacent."

“Approving the release of Samurai as a biocontrol is an excellent step but there is more work to do before the wasp is ready to be used as a tool. It’s not the silver bullet and a stink bug incursion would require a multi-faceted approach."

“We’ve seen overseas growers rely on high levels of insecticide as the primary control for BMSB and, while this wasp provides the opportunity to reduce our dependence on chemicals, a full response will require every weapon in our armoury.”

Mr Pollard said the decision was made possible through the collaboration of horticultural industry groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working together under the Government Industry Agreement for readiness and response (GIA). He also acknowledged the science community for its impartial research that resulted in the Council using crucial information to support the application.

Permission to release the wasp will be subject to a number of strict controls that will dictate when, where, and by whom it can be released.

An NZIER report, commissioned by the Samurai Wasp Steering Group, has estimated that gross domestic product would fall by between $1.8 billion and $3.6b by 2038 if BMSB became established. It also estimated the horticulture export value could fall by between $2b and $4.2b.

About the BMSB Council
The BMSB Council is a partnership under GIA between industry and government and is responsible for BMSB readiness and response. The Council consists of member organisations (Horticulture New Zealand, Kiwifruit Vine Health, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Avocado, New Zealand Apples & Pears, New Zealand Winegrowers, Summerfruit New Zealand, Tomatoes New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand) and observers (Foundation for Arable Research and New Zealand Plant Producers Inc).

About the Government Industry Agreement (GIA)
GIA operates as a partnership between industry groups and Government to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand's primary industries, our economy, and our environment. Under GIA, Signatories share the decision-making responsibilities and costs of preparing for – and responding to – biosecurity incursions. It aims to improve biosecurity outcomes and give everyone the confidence that the best decisions are being made to manage and mitigate biosecurity risks. For more information, visit www.gia.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
The risk with importing kiwifruit seed
9 August 2018
KVH is aware of international websites offering several varieties of kiwifruit for sale. This is concerning not only because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a...
The risk with importing kiwifruit seed
9 August 2018

KVH is aware of international websites offering several varieties of kiwifruit for sale. This is concerning not only because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease, but also because websites are often falsely declaring contents on the packaging.

Lab test results from recent packages sold as ‘purple hearts kiwifruit’ online and sent to New Zealand (which then became known to KVH, so we had them delivered to us for formal reporting and testing) confirmed the seeds were of course not purple kiwifruit, and a number were seeds from entirely different plants.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff are fully aware of the sites and there are projects underway to look at what improvements can be made to processes that manage E-commerce sales of risk goods, as well as awareness activities to highlight the rules and risks of imports.

There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed. Seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and a phytosanitary certificate. It must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms. No seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.

MPI enforce all requirements and investigate any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. Please alert MPI if you aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports by calling the exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Industry champions network keeps growing
9 August 2018
Representatives from across the kiwifruit industry met last week for the bi-annual KiwiNet workshop, facilitied by KVH to build and share biosecurity expertise. Around 40 participants attended...
Industry champions network keeps growing
9 August 2018

Representatives from across the kiwifruit industry met last week for the bi-annual KiwiNet workshop, facilitied by KVH to build and share biosecurity expertise.

Around 40 participants attended the days presentations which focussed on learnings for the kiwifruit industry from the Mycoplasma bovis response; the importance of traceability schemes and how a kiwifruit one could be developed; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) updates from the last high-risk season and what worked during the national education/awareness campaign; information about the recent Actinidia consultation; and container inspection and cleaning processes at facilities servicing the local area.

Attendees also discussed the importance of reporting unusual symptoms and how these are then investigated by KVH, Plant and Food Research and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Growers are encouraged to use the unusual symptoms section of the KVH website to view recent reports, look at images of symptoms, and easily download individual fact sheets on each investigation.

KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity knowledge and readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network and presentations here.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
KVH presents on the value of partnership and collaboration
9 August 2018
KVH presented at the recent New Zealand Biosecurity Institute NETS conference  (a national biosecurity training seminar) focusing on the value of partnerships and collaboration, highlighted by...
KVH presents on the value of partnership and collaboration
9 August 2018

KVH presented at the recent New Zealand Biosecurity Institute NETS conference  (a national biosecurity training seminar) focusing on the value of partnerships and collaboration, highlighted by our wild kiwifruit programme.

The kiwifruit industry, Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and landowners have worked in partnership to destroy wild kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty for 20 years.  Trial work to establish effective control methods began in 1998 and since then tens of thousands of wild vines have been destroyed, mostly in gullies and pine blocks in Te Puke and south of Tauranga.  There have also been scattered infestations in the Gisborne, Waikato and Nelson/Tasman regions. 

As part of the KVH presentation, technicians from DOC, Landcare Research, NIWA, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), biosecurity contractors and local government biosecurity officers learnt of the immense value of a co-funded partnership, which in this case has been used as an effective example of local government and industry collaboration prior to GIA (Government Industry Agreements) for biosecurity.  

Last year contractors working in the Bay of Plenty destroyed more than 14,000 wild vines.  Control is effective because the work is undertaken by professional contractors, often in terrain that landowners find difficult to access. Landowners fund 25% of the cost; regional council and the kiwifruit industry fund the remainder.  As it turns out, most of the landowners are also kiwifruit growers so the contribution from industry is often over 60%.  Regional councils in other parts of New Zealand have also provided funding assistance for surveillance and control work in their areas.

Collaboration and partnership have been key to the success of the programme.  The kiwifruit industry greatly values this partnership with local government and landowners.

If you know the location of any unrecorded wild kiwifruit infestations, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or your local regional council authority.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Nominate biosecurity champions
9 August 2018
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity. Entries for 2018 are now open - there a number of different...
Nominate biosecurity champions
9 August 2018

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity.

Entries for 2018 are now open - there a number of different categories so if you (or your organisation/company) have been involved in a project or event that focuses on biosecurity, and you want to know more, visit the MPI
website for details. This is your opportunity to tell your story and share how you’ve made a difference in protecting the kiwifruit industry or the wider New Zealand environment and economy from biosecurity threats. The closing date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Simple grower centric traceability favoured
9 August 2018
KVH has received positive feedback from growers around the country regarding the value and need for good plant traceability records. Presenting a short workshop at OPC winter Pitstop events, KVH...
Simple grower centric traceability favoured
9 August 2018

KVH has received positive feedback from growers around the country regarding the value and need for good plant traceability records.

Presenting a short workshop at OPC winter Pitstop events, KVH has been highlighting how high-risk diseases such as Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata) can spread rapidly, with symptoms often unseen until some time after disease transfer. In Brazil, traceback suggests the kiwifruit epidemic in Rio Grande do Sul originated from a C. fimbriata genotype in a single orchard with disease unknowingly distributed throughout the region via grafting material and nursery stock.

Many growers attending the Pitstop events had received Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) plants and/or budwood onto their orchards through winter and recommendations were to keep robust records detailing source and destination of all plant material. KVH will continue to work with industry on systems to support this data capture in a simple way that growers could easily access. A reminder on managing biosecurity risks when grafting is available here.  

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
In the news
9 August 2018
Four pests and diseases MPI says to watch out for - With booming tourism and more imported products than ever before, pest hitchhikers such as stink bugs and fruit flies are coming along for the...
In the news
9 August 2018

Four pests and diseases MPI says to watch out for - With booming tourism and more imported products than ever before, pest hitchhikers such as stink bugs and fruit flies are coming along for the ride. Extreme weather events bring rain, wind and microscopic spores of diseases such as myrtle rust from Australia and the Pacific Islands. 

Micro-credentials to target biosecurity - The Primary Industry Training Organisation is welcoming the introduction of micro-credentials, new stand-alone courses, which will help it respond to pressing industry demands, including the eradication of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

Kiwi kids learn how to keep pests out in new biosecurity board gamewith Mycoplasma bovis and myrtle rust becoming household names, New Zealand is vulnerable to more biosecurity threats than ever before. A new board game developed by an AgResearch scientist is recruiting Kiwi kids in the fight against unwelcome pests.  

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Fruit fly found at airport could have been devastating
9 August 2018
Fruit fly larvae carried by a tour party leader from Malaysia could have devastated New Zealand's horticulture industry. Biosecurity officers intercepted the larvae last month in undeclared food...
Fruit fly found at airport could have been devastating
9 August 2018

Fruit fly larvae carried by a tour party leader from Malaysia could have devastated New Zealand's horticulture industry.

Biosecurity officers intercepted the larvae last month in undeclared food from a holiday group at Auckland Airport. The larvae were found in chillies following x-ray screening of the tour leader's baggage. A caterpillar was also detected in some garlic bulbs. The tour leader received a $400 fine for failing to declare the food package.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says there have been 10 fruit fly interceptions at the border this year and frontline staff are on high alert following recent outbreaks in Adelaide and Tasmania. 

Fruit flies are one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry as any incursion can severely impact where we sell our fruit. While it may be possible to find larvae on fruit trees, a better option is to look out for them in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Be vigilant, keep watch and report any finds or anything else unusual to MPI on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Image: the undeclared food infested with fruit fly that was seized at Auckland Airport.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Tauranga biosecurity partnership becomes Flagship Site
9 August 2018
New Zealand’s Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence. It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage...
Tauranga biosecurity partnership becomes Flagship Site
9 August 2018

New Zealand’s Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence.

It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage Challenge and Director Andrea Byrom said it aligns with their goal of eliminating threats posed by pests, weeds, and pathogens. The Challenge’s involvement supports research on surveillance and detection of pests at the border and bolsters the Port of Tauranga partnership’s commitment to use science to support innovation and grow biosecurity excellence.

KVH is a lead partner in the initiative and the associated annual Biosecurity Week, which recognises that everyone who works on and around the Port, including the freight sector and transitional facilities, can all play a big part in keeping unwanted pests and pathogens out of New Zealand.

Read more here.

Image: Port of Tauranga and KVH staff talking biosecurity with Port workers during the 2017 Biosecurity Week. 

Grower News
9 August 2018
Psa research update
9 August 2018
KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next....
Psa research update
9 August 2018

KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next. As this event is a research update the content will have a strong emphasis on science.

To attend the update, please register for free here.

Where: ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Tursday 21 August 2018, 9.30am to midday

Media Releases
2 August 2018
Third Flagship Site for BioHeritage
2 August 2018
New Zealand's Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence. It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage...
Third Flagship Site for BioHeritage
2 August 2018

New Zealand's Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence.

It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage Challenge, with this collaboration being aligned with our goal of eliminating threats posed by pests, weeds, and pathogens.

Flagship Site partnerships provide a pathway to the Challenge’s goal of achieving a fundamental shift in the way science and research is carried out in New Zealand, BioHeritage Director Dr Andrea Byrom says.

“In particular, we believe that transformational change can only be achieved through partnerships with industry, the private sector, Māori and the community.”

The Challenge’s involvement supports research on surveillance and detection of pests at the border being done by the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) science consortium. It bolsters the Port of Tauranga’s commitment to use science to support innovation and grow biosecurity excellence. B3’s goals are strongly aligned with the BioHeritage Challenge, with them sharing a vision to deliver transformational biosecurity solutions for New Zealand.

The Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership was formed in 2014 between the port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies. All groups work together to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

Port of Tauranga Chief Executive Mark Cairns said the partnership strengthens the significance of biosecurity within the port and local community.

“New Zealand ports are an essential part of the New Zealand economy and a key component of our border biosecurity system. Effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies is critical to us continuing to run a successful business that services the Bay of Plenty region.”

Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive of industry partner Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), says the partnership recognises that everyone who works in and around the port community, including the freight sector and transitional facilities, can all play a big part in keeping unwanted pests and pathogens out of New Zealand.

The other two Flagship Sites supported by BioHeritage are Cape to City in the Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki Mounga.

“Being involved with Flagship Sites provides opportunities to broaden and deepen the range of activities being undertaken, and helps us connect with the public,” Andrea says.

“Our involvement also recognises the strategic role that science and research must play in shaping New Zealand’s future.”

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

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz