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Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Export Restriction Zone (ERZ)
5 March 2015
The ERZ is a defined zone from which host material intended for export cannot be harvested, packed or stored. MPI have defined a compulsory ERZ which is 3.5 km radius from each detection site. ...
Export Restriction Zone (ERZ)
5 March 2015

The ERZ is a defined zone from which host material intended for export cannot be harvested, packed or stored. MPI have defined a compulsory ERZ which is 3.5 km radius from each detection site.

  • Click here to view MPI’s ERZ map.

All host material transiting the MPI defined ERZ must meet the pest proofing requirements to be eligible for export certification.  MPI Plant Exports have developed pest proofing requirements and procedures which are available on the MPI website – click here.
 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Queensland fruit fly response continues 05.03.15
5 March 2015
The total number of fruit flies found stands at 13. Two further male fruit flies were trapped within the controlled area over the last two days.  There is no new evidence to suggest the...
Queensland fruit fly response continues 05.03.15
5 March 2015

The total number of fruit flies found stands at 13. Two further male fruit flies were trapped within the controlled area over the last two days.  There is no new evidence to suggest the situation is anything more than a localised population of fruit fly that can be eradicated.

Field work continues with a focus on the surveillance trapping system. Field teams are also applying insecticide bait throughout the Controlled Area, informing residents about the controls and inspecting gardens and rubbish bins.

  • Click here to view KVH’s frequently asked questions.
  • Click here for MPI’s frequently asked questions.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
KiwiNet profile: Jan Purdie
5 March 2015
Jan Purdie, Apata Jan was deployed through KiwiNet and spent five days in the response operations in Grey Lynn. Role: Surveillance. The surveillance team spends their day walking from house to...
KiwiNet profile: Jan Purdie
5 March 2015

Jan Purdie, Apata

Jan was deployed through KiwiNet and spent five days in the response operations in Grey Lynn.

Role: Surveillance. The surveillance team spends their day walking from house to house identifying and recording host plants on properties and collecting information about fruit and vegetable movements.

Within hours of receiving a call requesting help with the fruit fly response, Jan arrived at the Whenuapai Airbase in northwest Auckland for her first briefing.

Jan spent the next five days in Zone B as part of the surveillance team. This meant going from door to door in the controlled area talking to residents and asking them a series of questions about how they were disposing their fruit waste, whether or not they kept compost, checking properties for host plants and asking them about their recent activities around fruit and vegetable movements.

This information was recorded on manual forms, returned to HQ and later used by the fruit collection and tracing teams.

Dealing with so many people each day from very diverse cultures and backgrounds meant the surveillance people had to have good face to face communication and people skills.

Jan said local residents were very receptive and showed a lot of concern about fruit fly being discovered in their area. “Most residents were always happy to help and we met some truly wonderful people in the area. The locals and the people working in the response were doing all they could to help eradicate this fruit fly.”

Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Meet the people working in the response
5 March 2015
Up to 30 kiwifruit industry people have been deployed into the response operations through KiwiNet to assist MPI and AsureQuality in the field. Lisa Ferguson from Trevelyan’s and Jan Purdie...
Meet the people working in the response
5 March 2015

Up to 30 kiwifruit industry people have been deployed into the response operations through KiwiNet to assist MPI and AsureQuality in the field. Lisa Ferguson from Trevelyan’s and Jan Purdie from Apata share their experiences and what their days involved.

  • Click here to read Lisa's profile
  • Click here to read Jan's profile
Grower News
5 March 2015
New research and development report
5 March 2015
Bud-rot in green kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties – spring 2014 The project aimed to identify the primary cause of bud-rot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray...
New research and development report
5 March 2015

Bud-rot in green kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties – spring 2014
The project aimed to identify the primary cause of bud-rot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme trial. It concluded the majority of bud-rot symptoms observed in this trial were the result of Psa-V infection.

  • Click here to read the report
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland
5 March 2015
A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District on 17 February has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht. Click here to read the...
Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland
5 March 2015

A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District on 17 February has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht.

  • Click here to read the full media release on the MPI website.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Queensland fruit fly response photo gallery
5 March 2015
Click here to view a photo gallery compiled by KVH staff who spent several days in the field assisting with the...
Queensland fruit fly response photo gallery
5 March 2015
  • Click here to view a photo gallery compiled by KVH staff who spent several days in the field assisting with the response.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
KiwiNet profile: Lisa Ferguson
5 March 2015
Lisa Ferguson, Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Lisa was contacted through KiwiNet to assist with the response operations and spent seven days in the field. Role: Fruit fly trapper and approved...
KiwiNet profile: Lisa Ferguson
5 March 2015

Lisa Ferguson, Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool

Lisa was contacted through KiwiNet to assist with the response operations and spent seven days in the field.

Role: Fruit fly trapper and approved handler of DDVP, the insecticide used in these traps. The core role of a fruit fly trapper is to establish and service the traps within the Controlled Area. Servicing includes making sure all aspects of the trap are functioning properly.

Every day was an early start – on the road by 5.45am to beat the Auckland traffic into HQ from accommodation at Devonport Naval Base. On arrival breakfast was provided before a daily briefing at 7.30am.

Trapping is a huge task. Around 335 traps in Zone A are checked daily; and more than 730 traps in Zone B and the high-risk area outside of Zone B are checked every three days. Around 20 trappers are deployed, each monitoring 60-70 traps per day. Traps are checked, serviced and scanned using an electronic device, which then transmits accurate data back to HQ for analysis.

All trap checks must be completed before retiring for the evening, so this often meant spending time helping others complete their duties.

Lisa was inspired by the comradery and team culture during the response. “So many people from all over New Zealand were deployed with only a few hours’ notice. Their work ethic, energy and compassion were very inspiring. The operation is an enormous logistical task and all New Zealanders should be very proud of what MPI have accomplished so far and are continuing to do so.”
 

R&D News
4 March 2015
New R&D report on KVH website
4 March 2015
Budrot in 'green' kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties - Spring 2014 The project aimed to identify the primary cause of budrot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme...
New R&D report on KVH website
4 March 2015

Budrot in 'green' kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties - Spring 2014

The project aimed to identify the primary cause of budrot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme trial. It is concluded that the majority of budrot symptoms observed in this trial were the result of Psa infection.

Click here to view the full report

Biosecurity News
3 March 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly - FAQs
3 March 2015
KVH has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available here. These will be updated regularly. Click here to view MPI's FAQs available on their website. If you...
Queensland Fruit Fly - FAQs
3 March 2015

KVH has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available here.

These will be updated regularly.

Click here to view MPI's FAQs available on their website.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz and we will endeavour to answer these.

Biosecurity News
27 February 2015
Growers Ask Cricket Fans to Leave Fruit at Home
27 February 2015
New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers are asking everyone going to the World Cup Cricket match at Eden Park tomorrow to help smash an unwanted Aussie visitor for a six. The...
Growers Ask Cricket Fans to Leave Fruit at Home
27 February 2015

New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers are asking everyone going to the World Cup Cricket match at Eden Park tomorrow to help smash an unwanted Aussie visitor for a six.

The industry that takes every opportunity to promote healthy eating is taking the unusual step of asking fans not to take fresh fruit or vegetables with them into the stadium.

This request comes in the wake of last week’s discovery of a small localised population of Queensland fruit flies in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.

Eden Park, the venue for Saturday’s World Cup Cricket clash between Australia and New Zealand, is right on the border of the controlled area. 

This means no fruit and vegetable material can be taken out of the stadium.

“We are asking cricket fans to leave their fruit and vegetables at home when they head to the stadium,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock says.

“You know it must be a serious situation if we are asking people NOT to have fruit and vegetables.”

Three industry groups have joined together to pay for a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald to ask cricket fans not to take fruit to the ground. Click here to view the advertisment.

“We feel it is the most pragmatic approach. It makes sense to ask people not to take food into the ground which would ultimately need to be thrown away as they were leaving,” Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard says.

The horticulture industry is united in its support of the Ministry for Primary Industries response to the fruit fly.

“We are grateful to the residents in the controlled areas who have been inconvenienced by this discovery, and also to the staff working on it and the organisers of the Pasifika event and the cricket who have had to make significant changes to their plans,” Kiwifruit Vine Health chief executive Barry O’Neil says.

The potential risk to the $6 billion New Zealand horticulture industry (including fruit, vegetables and wine) from the Queensland Fruit Fly establishing here is two-fold:
the destruction caused by the pest and the on-going cost of attempting to control it; and
the cost of international markets choosing not to accept our products.

The pest would also have a devastating effect on New Zealand’s home gardeners.

ENDS
For further comment:
Peter Silcock, chief executive, Horticulture New Zealand 027 448 7036
Alan Pollard, chief executive, Pipfruit New Zealand 021 576 109
Barry O’Neil, chief executive, Kiwifruit Vine Health 022 108 7007

Biosecurity News
27 February 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly 27.02.15
27 February 2015
Growers urge cricket fans to leave fruit at home! KVH, Horticulture NZ and Pipfruit NZ have joined together to place a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald asking cricket...
Queensland Fruit Fly 27.02.15
27 February 2015

Growers urge cricket fans to leave fruit at home!
KVH, Horticulture NZ and Pipfruit NZ have joined together to place a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald asking cricket fans NOT to take fruit into the ground for tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup game.
 

Eden Park, the venue for tomorrow’s World Cup Cricket clash between Australia and New Zealand, is right on the border of the controlled area. 
 

A joint media statement reinforcing this message was released this morning. It was quickly picked up by media providing further coverage.
 

  • Click here to view the full page advertisement in today’s paper
  • Click here to view the joint media release by KVH, HortNZ and Pipfruit NZ
  • Click here to view an article on the NZ Herald
     

Mitigating the risk at tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup game at Eden Park
Planning is well underway to reduce the risks at tomorrow’s Cricket Word Cup game between New Zealand and Australia.
 

Fifty eight staff, including uniformed MPI and Auckland City Council staff will join security at Eden Park tomorrow to to ensure fruit and vegetables are not taken out of the controlled area.
 

There is a detailed plan for the removal of all waste (expected to be around 10.5 tonnes) from the ground, including sweeping every seat row. Waste will be taken to a biosecurity waste disposal facility and held at a high temperature that kills insects in all stages of their life cycle.
 

QFF situation update
The total number of fruit flies found to date now stands at eight.
DNA testing is ongoing and all flies tested to date are genetically similar. Therefore it’s most likely we are dealing with a single incursion.
 

There has been a second discovery of larvae inside Zone A from fruit harvested from a property where a male Queensland fruit fly had earlier been trapped.
 

The larvae were from fruit gathered from a property that is 80m from the site where larvae and one pupa were found last week. As the larvae were nearby and within Zone A this is not considered a significant development and it is not unexpected to find more larvae.
 

MPI remains confident this is a small localised population and will be successfully eradicated.
 

Response update
Ground operations continue today in the Controlled Area with around 180 field staff on the ground (from MPI, AsureQuality and partners, including Auckland Council and the horticulture industry).
 

Field work continues to focus on the surveillance trapping system, which aims to capture any male fruit flies present in the area.
 

Field teams are also applying insecticide bait throughout the Controlled Area, informing residents about the controls and inspecting gardens and rubbish bins.
 

Potential market impact
Zespri along with MPI is closely monitoring the market response and expects to have a clearer picture of the situation from MPI over the next week or two.
 

Industry communications
KVH has reduced its industry communications on the fruit fly situation to twice-weekly. This will then be circulated to the wider industry through the KVH Bulletin Special Edition and made available on the KVH website.
Should circumstances significantly change, we will provide an update to industry immediately.
 

A set of FAQs have been developed and are available on the KVH website here. These will be updated as more information comes to light or if additional questions are added.
 

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are available on the MPI website.

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