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Company Notices
27 July 2017
Your AGM papers are on their way
27 July 2017
Annual General Meeting (AGM) packs are in the mail and growers should start to receive them over the next few days. The packs (also available on the KVH website) include all the proposed...
Your AGM papers are on their way
27 July 2017

Annual General Meeting (AGM) packs are in the mail and growers should start to receive them over the next few days.

The packs (also available on the KVH website) include all the proposed resolutions along with explanatory information and material. One resolution relates to liquidating the KVH Foundation, so that KVH will only operate under one legal entity; The KVH Incorporated Society. Please contact KVH for any queries on the AGM proposals.

A copy of the new KVH Annual Report 2016-17 which provides an update on KVH activities over the last 12 months is included, as well as an update from the Board Chairman and Chief Executive on how these activities have contributed to improving biosecurity readiness and response preparedness for the kiwifruit industry, and key objectives for the organisation moving forward.

When: The KVH AGM will start at 9am, Thursday August 24, 2017.
Where: The ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.


The AGM is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
27 July 2017
Protect your plants from myrtle rust
27 July 2017
Myrtle rust finds in the Te Puke region (on residential properties only) are continuing to be investigated. Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit or kiwifruit vines this is an...
Protect your plants from myrtle rust
27 July 2017

Myrtle rust finds in the Te Puke region (on residential properties only) are continuing to be investigated. Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit or kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers to look out for symptoms on Myrtaceae trees and shrubs around orchards and in gardens.

Myrtle rust could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pōhutukawa, kānuka, manuka, ramarama and rātā, as well as species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

To protect any myrtaceae species on your property (eg in your garden or orchard), you may want to consider spraying them with copper at label rates.

While it’s anticipated that winter conditions will suppress rust symptoms and spread, continued vigilance, inspections and adherence to best practice is crucial. Come spring, growing conditions will again be ideal for the fungus.

Be on the lookout for:
- bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
- bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
- brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which can appear on older lesions
- buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

If you see any of these symptoms call MPI immediately on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don’t touch or take samples as this might increase spread of the disease.

It’s also important to remember that good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats, particularly KVH hygiene recommendations. The key points are:
- check and clean tools, vehicles, machinery, people and clothing
- ensure everything coming across your boundary is free from soil and plant material
- sanitise highest risk items and wash down dirty areas.

Grower News
27 July 2017
Help us help you. Take our survey!
27 July 2017
We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on, and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is working to raise awareness of good...
Help us help you. Take our survey!
27 July 2017

We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on, and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to first learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts during the coming season so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey now.

All responses will be kept confidential to KVH and you have the option of completing the survey anonymously.

Company Notices
14 July 2017
Premier award for former KVH Chairman
14 July 2017
An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13...
Premier award for former KVH Chairman
14 July 2017

An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13 July.

Peter was a foundation member of KVH and our second Chairman, bringing almost 40 years of kiwifruit industry experience to the organisation – particularly in leading critical issues, like the initial response to Psa.  After Psa was first discovered in Te Puke in late 2010, Peter applied his on-orchard knowledge to the search for solutions as well as strategies for longer term management of the disease.

Peter was also instrumental in the first steps taken by KVH to move from a Psa focus to acting for the kiwifruit industry on all biosecurity risks. This wider role remans a focus of the organisation.

We congratulate Peter on his award and acknowledge his great service to the kiwifruit industry, and kiwifruit growers. The skills and experience he bought to his roles at KVH have helped shape the organisation into the strategic and innovative grower-focussed organisation it is today.

 

Company Notices
13 July 2017
AGM reminder
13 July 2017
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will commence at 9am on Thursday August 24, 2017, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome...
AGM reminder
13 July 2017

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will commence at 9am on Thursday August 24, 2017, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend.

Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail during the first week of August. These will include the Chairman’s Report, 2016 KVH audited financial statements and proposed budget for the 2018/2019 financial year. Also included will be a recommendation of the rate of the NPMP and Biosecurity Levy for the 2018 year, proposed rule changes, Explanation of Resolutions and your voting paper.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Company Notices
13 July 2017
Meet the team - introducing Karyn Lowry
13 July 2017
Karyn Lowry joined the KVH team in January 2011 to assist with supervising sampling and monitoring teams in Te Puke during the initial Psa response. Karyn is now the longest serving member of...
Meet the team - introducing Karyn Lowry
13 July 2017

Karyn Lowry joined the KVH team in January 2011 to assist with supervising sampling and monitoring teams in Te Puke during the initial Psa response.

Karyn is now the longest serving member of the team, working in the areas of surveillance and compliance. Her role has included organising various monitoring programmes associated with Psa, developing and maintaining KVH protocols and ensuring post-harvest compliance standards are met. This includes an audit function across pack houses, kiwifruit processors, budwood suppliers and pollen mills.

Since the inception of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2014 she has been involved in assisting nurseries wanting to join the scheme in producing their manuals, and organising associated sampling, testing and external auditing.

After attending Waikato University and qualifying with a B.Ed. Karyn worked as a primary school teacher until her first child was born. She and her husband developed and managed a 20-hectare family property with sheep, beef cattle, avocados, tamarillos and 7 ca hectare of Hayward kiwifruit from 1977 until the property sold in 2005.

She worked for Zespri for 10 years firstly as a Quality Assessor then as Quality Assurance Manager running the audit team and maintaining Zespri’s quality system accreditation with what was then the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Karyn was also involved with Board of Trustees when they were first implemented in schools in 1989 and spent nine years at Pyes Pa School with four as Chairperson, and then another six years on the Tauranga Girls’ College Board with four of those as Chairperson.

Now that her children have grown up Karyn enjoys spending time with her three grandsons and getting away as often as possible with her husband in their caravan.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Growers encouraged to attend science update meeting
13 July 2017
When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday. Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke. Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science...
Growers encouraged to attend science update meeting
13 July 2017

When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday.
Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.


Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for growers to share some of the results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa management.

The meeting will include information about the latest situation on Psa in China and Europe, an update from Dr Joel Vanneste on copper resistance to Psa, Dr Greg Clark covering spring girdling for Psa control, Dr Phil Elmer on progress with a new product for Psa control, Dr Stephen Hoyte on progress with the Gold3 comparative orchard trial, and Dr David Manktelow on how to improve spray coverage for better results.

We look forward to seeing growers there.

 
Grower News
13 July 2017
Latest nurseries to join KPCS
13 July 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that two nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. Keepa Road nursery in Whakatane has met the requirements to...
Latest nurseries to join KPCS
13 July 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that two nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

Keepa Road nursery in Whakatane has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to Whakatane growers.

Fernbrook Farm nursery has also met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown Bruno rootstock to Tauranga growers.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. For a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS, click here.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Heading overseas? Advice for returning growers
13 July 2017
Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has a responsibility to manage biosecurity risks when travelling. To assist, KVH has developed best practice for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity...
Heading overseas? Advice for returning growers
13 July 2017

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has a responsibility to manage biosecurity risks when travelling.

To assist, KVH has developed best practice for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity risk after visiting an offshore orchard or farm; and to let you know what you can expect through border control when arriving back in New Zealand.

The handy one-page advice sheet is available on the KVH website, summarising the practical things growers should do (and be aware of) before and during travel back across the New Zealand border.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017
Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly.  Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on...
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly. 

Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on vines will be a food source for birds such as white-eyes, blackbirds or sparrows.  For the kiwifruit industry, unpicked fruit is not a good thing as birds deposit kiwifruit seed via their droppings into nearby bush or forestry blocks, resulting in further wild kiwifruit infestations.  A few fruit missed by pickers is enough to perpetuate a wild kiwifruit problem.    

Contractors work throughout the year to control wild kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty.  The cost of this work is more than $200,000 yearly – growers are funding most of this control work through KVH. Over time this cost could reduce through better management of unpicked fruit which is the seed-source for wild vines. KVH is working with other regional councils to detect and destroy any wild kiwifruit plants before they establish or spread. 

Unpicked fruit and unmanaged kiwifruit vines may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched - the fruit will quickly compost.  KVH is following up on a small number of reports of unpicked fruit. If growers are aware of unpicked orchards or parts of orchards, please contact John Mather at KVH.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017
Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or...
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017

Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or bush.  If wild kiwifruit establishes from dumped vines the orchard owner will have to fund the total cost of wild vine control and remove the trunks. 

Disposal pits need to be properly constructed, like in the image to the right.  Old vine trunks and leaders may be burnt or buried within the pit.  Follow the guidelines within the KVH Protocol - Disposal Options.  A heavy-duty mulcher is an excellent disposal option.  Remember to remove all plant material from the machine and wash and sanitise before leaving the orchard.

If burning, ensure the material is dry and follow all regional council Air Plan requirements.  Ensure that any smoke is not a hazard for nearby roads or a nuisance to neighbours.  Also remember that it is prohibited to burn treated timber.

Biosecurity News
13 July 2017
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017
An agreement which focuses on avoiding the damaging aspects of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion was signed this afternoon by KVH with other horticultural groups and the Ministry for...
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017

An agreement which focuses on avoiding the damaging aspects of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion was signed this afternoon by KVH with other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), at the Horticulture Conference.

The agreement, under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity readiness and response (GIA) sets out the operational requirements for readiness and response activities and cost-sharing arrangements between Government and affected industries in the management of the BMSB threat. It enables joint decision-making between the parties and sees them all working together to reduce the impacts of BMSB to affected industries.

A summary of the agreement is available on the KVH website.

BMSB is number two on our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list, and it’s a serious pest to horticulture as well as the public. In the USA, the ever-expanding BMSB population is considered a nuisance pest, infesting homes and taking over lifestyles.




In addition to the agreement signed today, a KVH work programme is well underway with Zespri so the kiwifruit industry will be as fully prepared as possible in the event of an incursion. This includes looking at how decisions will be made around operational/field activities, how information will be shared with growers, and how we can ensure other industries are kept informed of our activities.

The next high-risk season for BMSB is only weeks away. Visit the BMSB page of the KVH website for more information, video, and fact sheets about this unwanted pest.

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