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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.

Biosecurity News
24 February 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly 24.02.15
24 February 2015
MPI have confirmed another single male fruit fly has been found in a trap within the Controlled Area, bringing the total to five fruit flies. As advised in previous KVH updates, this is not a...
Queensland Fruit Fly 24.02.15
24 February 2015

MPI have confirmed another single male fruit fly has been found in a trap within the Controlled Area, bringing the total to five fruit flies.

As advised in previous KVH updates, this is not a significant development and further fruit fly finds within the Controlled Area are expected over the coming week.

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

MPI response
Significant ground operations continue in the Controlled Area and are focused on applying insecticide bait.

MPI are using protein bait that attract and kill female fruit flies. This contains a very small amount of fipronil insecticide which is commonly used in pet flea collars. Targeted ground-applied spraying is also being used on trees found to contain fruit fly. Bifenthrin is the insecticide that will be used in this situation.

These treatments are safe for use in residential areas as they have been proven to do no harm to people or animals such as pets or livestock.

Today approximately 126 field staff are operating in the Controlled Area. This includes MPI, AsureQuality and kiwifruit industry resources deployed through KiwiNet.

  • 307 extra lure traps have been placed in the Zone A (200m circular area from original find location). These are checked daily.
  • 193 extra lure traps have been placed in the Zone B (1.5km circular area from original find location. These are checked every three days.
  • 10 extra lure traps have been placed in high-risk sites outside of the Controlled Area.
  • 544 Amnesty bins have been placed in within the Controlled Area and are cleared regularly
  • Residents in Zone A have been issued with their own dedicated Amnesty Bin to dispose of fruit and vegetable waste from their properties.
  • Residents in Zone B have been provided with information and have access to Amnesty bins at 200m intervals around the zone to dispose of fruit and vegetable waste.
  • Approximately 1300kg of produce waste is collected from these bins daily and safely disposed of.
  • 36 boundary signs have been erected advising people of the Controlled Area.

Potential market impact
Response from the markets has been measured. To date there have been no restrictions applied to horticultural exports from NZ.

Communications
KVH plans to reduce its industry communications on the fruit fly situation to a twice-weekly update through the KVH Bulletin Special Edition (Tuesdays and Fridays) and these will be made available on the KVH website.

However, should circumstances significantly change we will provide an update to industry immediately.

KVH are developing a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available on the KVH website shortly. If you have any questions, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz and we will endeavour to answer these through the website FAQs.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the situation can be found on the MPI website.

Biosecurity News
23 February 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly 23.02.15
23 February 2015
Situation update While no significant changes to the status of the fruit fly response have been reported by MPI, two further male fruit have been found on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Due to...
Queensland Fruit Fly 23.02.15
23 February 2015

Situation update
While no significant changes to the status of the fruit fly response have been reported by MPI, two further male fruit have been found on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Due to the close proximity of these finds to the original location, it’s highly likely these flies are from the same source and the best technical advice we have is that this remains a very limited small and localised population.

It’s important to note these finds are not unexpected since there is a small isolated breeding population in the area and further fruit flies are likely to be found in the area over the coming week.

MPI has so far trapped three male fruit flies. A single un-mated female was located at a residential property on Friday.

MPI are carrying out extensive trace-back and trace-forward activities on the properties where the fruit flies have been found, and those neighbouring them. They have not identified any high-risk fruit movement in or out of the properties.

KVH and Zespri continued to work with MPI on the QFF response over the weekend. More than 20 industry people were deployed through KiwiNet into the field and continue to assist MPI and AsureQuality with surveillance and trapping. We have been asked to maintain this level of resourcing for the next couple of weeks.

Potential market impact
Response from the markets has been measured. MPI expects to have a clearer picture of any further market reaction to the QFF find over the next few days. 

Communications
KVH will continue to provide regular updates about the situation to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the situation can be found on the MPI website.

Biosecurity News
21 February 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly 21.02.15
21 February 2015
Situation update MPI confirmed last night a second Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a property approximately 150m from the original find (within Zone A), escalating the biosecurity...
Queensland Fruit Fly 21.02.15
21 February 2015

Situation update
MPI confirmed last night a second Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a property approximately 150m from the original find (within Zone A), escalating the biosecurity response to ‘Level 2’.

A resident within the Controlled Area found the single QFF on their property and contacted MPI’s pest and disease hotline. This new QFF find was formally identified as a recently-emerged, un-mated female adult fruit fly. Subsequently MPI removed lemons from the property and found fruit fly larvae in the fruit.

The find is very close to the original location so highly likely to be from the same source. This is a very limited small and localised population and we are confident this response will succeed in eradication.

MPI response
The response has moved to a ‘Response Level 2’ which will move to an eradication programme and treatment controls of this isolated population.

The A Zone has been enlarged to include the second find; the B Zone remains unchanged. Additional traps are being placed in the enlarged A Zone.  Additional control measures are being put in place.  These are:
 

  • Baits will be place in fruiting trees to attract and kill female fruit flies.
  • Targeted ground-based spraying of areas under fruiting trees using an effective insecticide
     

As an industry we are obviously very concerned about the situation and have been supporting HortNZ’s concerns. However, our main focus at this stage is the response and ensuring the risks to kiwifruit growers are being managed.

KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI who operate to and exceed internationally accepted standards.  MPI has every confidence it will quickly and effectively eradicate this isolated population.

KVH has activated KiwiNet and already deployed eight industry resources into the field today to assist MPI and AsureQuality with surveillance and field operations and will depolying further industry resources from today.

Potential market impact
International markets were notified of the situation last night. Zespri is actively engaged with MPI in monitoring the situation and has not received any reports of market concerns at this stage. 

Communications
Over this weekend KVH will be working closely with MPI as the trapping and surveillance activities are undertaken. Any significant information will be immediately communicated.

KVH will continue to provide regular updates about the situation to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz.

 

Biosecurity News
19 February 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly 19.02.15
19 February 2015
Key points: To date, no further fruit flies have been found. A field team of more than 90 staff has been deployed into the Controlled Area to set additional fruit fly traps to determine...
Queensland Fruit Fly 19.02.15
19 February 2015

Key points:

  • To date, no further fruit flies have been found.
  • A field team of more than 90 staff has been deployed into the Controlled Area to set additional fruit fly traps to determine if other flies are present in the area.
  • There are 34 pre-existing surveillance programme traps in the A and B Zones.
  • Establishment of additional traps in Zone A will be completed today. Placement of additional traps in Zone B has commenced. 
  • Field teams are also collecting samples of fruit from home gardens and in the area for testing for any evidence of further flies or their eggs or larvae.
  • A MPI mobile field laboratory will be in action later today to analyse fruit collected and also inspect any insects found through the trapping.
  • The first results from the trapping and fruit analysis are expected tomorrow morning (Friday).
  • Whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the Controlled Area.
  • Installation of signage on main arterial routes will be completed today, and other signage will be completed over the next 24 hours.
  • Special bins for the disposal of fruit and vegetable waste are being delivered to residents in Zone A – the area closest to the location of the fruit fly find.
  • Specially marked disposal bins are also being placed in locations in the wider Zone B – out to 1.5km from the find. The locations of these bins will be marked on a map and publicised by MPI.
  • KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI as a result of the find.
  • We ask for the full cooperation of the public and businesses to comply with the containment rules established by MPI and assist wherever they can.

Market access

  • To date, no adverse reaction from trading partners.

Industry communications

  • KVH is part of the response governance group and will be getting regular updates from MPI.
  • KVH will provide regular updates to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.
  • Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz
Grower News
19 February 2015
Research & Development Dec-Jan update
19 February 2015
The first of a KVH-produced bi-monthly R&D update is available through the KVH Bulletin. The report has previously been published through the Zespri Kiwiflier. This report provides information...
Research & Development Dec-Jan update
19 February 2015

The first of a KVH-produced bi-monthly R&D update is available through the KVH Bulletin. The report has previously been published through the Zespri Kiwiflier. This report provides information about the progress over December 2014 and January 2015 for the Psa R&D programme.

  • Click here to read the report

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