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Company Notices
11 January 2018
Happy New Year
11 January 2018
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and...
Happy New Year
11 January 2018

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family over the holiday season.

The KVH office opened and returned to normal hours this week so please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with. The team have been out inspecting containers from Italy, and thankfully no stink bugs were found (read more about keeping this unwanted pest out). If anyone is importing containers from Europe, we’re happy to assist with inspection when devanning.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

 

Company Notices
11 January 2018
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018
KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive. Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March. When announcing the appointment KVH...
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018

KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive.

Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March.

When announcing the appointment KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, said Stu will join the KVH team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, research and innovation, and working alongside those within industry as well as government partners.

Stu’s most recent management role at OSPRI (a partnership between primary industries and government to manage the NAIT and TBfree programmes) has included responsibility for establishing the framework for delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan and several innovative research projects.

Stu is looking forward to joining a committed and future-thinking organisation that has great support and backing from kiwifruit growers, who he sees as key to the success of the industry.

Read more about Stu in the formal announcement here. 
 

Company Notices
11 January 2018
Your free 2018 calendar
11 January 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful  KVH and Tauranga port community 2018 unwanted pest calendars, send us an email letting us know your postal...
Your free 2018 calendar
11 January 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful  KVH and Tauranga port community 2018 unwanted pest calendars, send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017
  The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief...
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017

 

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Barry O’Neil on 022 108 7007.

A reminder also that Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period.
Read the article from last fortnights Bulletin for exact dates and the new address samples should be sent to.

 

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017
The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning. The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit...
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017

The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning.

The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated moving to a single legal entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - that represents the kiwifruit industry.

From here, liquidators will be appointed to formally dissolve the Foundation and complete all associated necessary legal requirements.

 

Company Notices
30 November 2017
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017
KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities. Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently...
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017

KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities.

Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently asked questions and answers about the proposal, are available on the KVH website.  The questions and answers have been put together based on the queries that were raised at roadshow meetings.

KVH has been consulting with growers because the funding mechanisms of KVH were originally established for Psa and are now out of date based on the serious nature of the biosecurity risks we face and the need to be able to immediately respond in the event of an incursion as part of our commitment to working with government under Government Industry Agreements (GIA).

KVH members have already agreed to a biosecurity levy of 1 cent per tray in 2018.  But, 1 cent is the maximum rate of the current levy order and it will not be enough to fund the response costs of a serious incursion. The proposal to address this is to increase the ceiling of the levy to 5 cents a tray, so that the KVH Board (in consultation with industry) can activate the full levy to fund future incursions. 

The proposal will next be presented to IAC on Friday 8 December.

Based on all the feedback received, KVH will then decide as to whether to formally request an increase to the Minister for Biosecurity, or not.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposal, which can be emailed to KVH at info@kvh.org.nz or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 0800 665 825.
 

Company Notices
16 November 2017
Put your feedback forward for future biosecurity funding
16 November 2017
Information sent to growers about a proposal regarding the future funding of biosecurity readiness and response activities is available on the KVH website, including answers to frequently asked...
Put your feedback forward for future biosecurity funding
16 November 2017

Information sent to growers about a proposal regarding the future funding of biosecurity readiness and response activities is available on the KVH website, including answers to frequently asked questions about the proposal, and a copy of the presentation being discussed in detail at upcoming grower roadshows. 

KVH is accountable for mitigating numerous dangerous biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), fruit flies and Brazilian Wilt. The list of unwanteds that could impact on our industry if they arrive here reaches over 90, some of which have the potential to reduce OGR’s by 30-50%.

The funding mechanisms of KVH were originally established for Psa and are now out of date based on the serious nature of the biosecurity risks we face and the need to be able to immediately respond in the event of an incursion as part of our commitment to working with government under Government Industry Agreements.

KVH members have already agreed to a biosecurity levy of 1 cent per tray in 2018.  But, 1 cent is the maximum rate of the current levy order and it will not be enough to fund the response costs of a serious incursion. The proposal to address this is to increase the ceiling of the levy to 5 cents a tray, so that the KVH Board (in consultation with industry) can activate the full levy to fund future incursions. 

Based on the feedback received about the proposed levy change, KVH would then decide as to whether to formally request an increase to the Minister for Biosecurity, or not.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposal. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or by email at info@kvh.org.nz. 

Company Notices
16 November 2017
General meeting to liquidate the KVH Foundation
16 November 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA). The Minister for Primary Industries approved the...
General meeting to liquidate the KVH Foundation
16 November 2017

Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA).

The Minister for Primary Industries approved the application late March 2017, which confirmed and completed the legal requirements of moving to a single legal entity - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - to represent the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors from 1 April 2017.


As such, the KVH Annual General Meeting in August resolved to liquidate the Foundation and a subsequent Special General Meeting is being held to confirm the resolution. All members are welcome to attend the meeting.

What: Special General Meeting with the intention to wind up the KVH Foundation Incorporated by passing the required confirming resolution.

When: Tuesday 12 December, 8.30am (prior to the NZKGI Forum meeting).

Where: Club Mount, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui.

Company Notices
16 November 2017
Nuffield scholarship awarded to KVH Board member
16 November 2017
KVH congratulates Board member Simon Cook on his recent Nuffield Scholarship award. The Nuffield Scholarship is a prestigious award in the primary sector. It has been awarded to New Zealand...
Nuffield scholarship awarded to KVH Board member
16 November 2017

KVH congratulates Board member Simon Cook on his recent Nuffield Scholarship award.

The Nuffield Scholarship is a prestigious award in the primary sector. It has been awarded to New Zealand agricultural leaders for more than 60 years and provides a 12-month scholarship programme with up to 20 weeks spent overseas, allowing participants to observe and learn about global agricultural practices. 

Simon has been a Grower Director on the KVH Board since being elected at the August 2016 AGM and has governance roles with several other kiwifruit organisations including being a supply entity director, vice president of the Te Puke Fruit Growers Association, and a member of NZKGI’s executive committee.

KVH Board Chair Adrian Gault said that in the time Simon has been on the KVH Board he has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the kiwifruit industry, which will benefit further from the knowledge he gains through this award. 

Company Notices
2 November 2017
New KVH Board Director
2 November 2017
Dr Sonia Whiteman has been appointed the Kiwifruit Supply Group (KSG) Director Representative on the KVH Board. Sonia has been an Associate Director on the KVH Board since January 2017 and Murray...
New KVH Board Director
2 November 2017

Dr Sonia Whiteman has been appointed the Kiwifruit Supply Group (KSG) Director Representative on the KVH Board.

Sonia has been an Associate Director on the KVH Board since January 2017 and Murray Gough from KSG said her new appointment reflects her efforts over the last 10 months.

“Suppliers to Zespri, through KSG, have had a director on the Board of KVH since its inception. When the incumbent, Alister Hawkey, resigned Sonia was nominated to take his place. The change in focus at KVH, directed toward biosecurity issues, meant that KSG needed to identify a candidate who was both passionate and well versed in the subject.”

“In our view, Sonia fits the bill perfectly and we are very pleased that she has agreed to take up the Supplier seat on the KVH board.”

KVH Board Chairman Adrian Gault also welcomed the news, particularly as Sonia has demonstrated her expertise during recent biosecurity readiness planning undertaken by KVH for the industry.

“Biosecurity is a subject Sonia has been closely involved in for many years, having been in technical roles supporting growers during two big incursions – the 2006 tomato/potato psyllid incursion, followed by Psa in 2010. KVH has recently lead various workshops and scenario planning for high-risk pests and Sonia’s input to these has been invaluable. Sonia also has a good understanding of the importance of grower and wider industry awareness of biosecurity threats, a priority for KVH and the Board.”

“The KVH Board have enjoyed working with Sonia this year and we look forward to our close working relationship continuing.”

Company Notices
2 November 2017
Meet the team - introducing Barry O'Neil
2 November 2017
Barry is the current Chief Executive of KVH and a biosecurity operational specialist. He is a Te Puke High School old boy who bought his first orchard at Whakamaramara in 1984 and grew kiwifruit...
Meet the team - introducing Barry O'Neil
2 November 2017

Barry is the current Chief Executive of KVH and a biosecurity operational specialist.

He is a Te Puke High School old boy who bought his first orchard at Whakamaramara in 1984 and grew kiwifruit and avocadoes. His career mainly as a government veterinarian at MAF was based in Wellington but he returned to the region in 2012 when he took on the lead role at KVH and when he isn’t in the office finds himself on his six-hectare kiwifruit orchard in Katikati.

Barry led the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s emergency response efforts into a number of incursions including Rabbit Calicivirus disease, the Waiheke Island Foot and Mouth disease hoax, along with the initial work for Psa.

Alongside his role at KVH, Barry also sits on four Boards in governance roles, the National Science Challenge “Our Biological Heritage”; The Bio-Protection Research Centre; Horticulture New Zealand; and Scion. This he says reflects the recognition placed by industry leaders on biosecurity risk and the importance of science to contribute answers to our biosecurity challenges.

Barry has announced he will be stepping down from his current role at KVH in March 2018. Before then one of the main priorities for KVH is managing the high-risk summer season for some of kiwifruit’s most unwanted pests, particularly fruit flies and stink bugs.
 

Company Notices
2 November 2017
Funding future biosecurity activities
2 November 2017
Earlier this week growers were emailed information about KVH’s proposal regarding the future funding of biosecurity readiness and response activities, in advance of more detailed discussions at...
Funding future biosecurity activities
2 November 2017

Earlier this week growers were emailed information about KVH’s proposal regarding the future funding of biosecurity readiness and response activities, in advance of more detailed discussions at November grower roadshows.

KVH has been working hard with the industry to mitigate numerous dangerous biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), fruit flies and Brazilian Wilt.

These are the most commonly known pests we’re on the lookout for but the list of unwanteds that could seriously impact on our industry if they arrive here reaches over 90, some of which have the potential to reduce OGR’s by 30-50%.

The funding mechanisms of KVH are now out of date based on the serious nature and scope of the biosecurity risks we face. They were originally established for Psa, but we now need them to be able to respond to future biosecurity events, which could involve a major eradication effort and its associated costs.

The KVH Board’s proposal to address this is to increase the maximum ceiling of the levy for biosecurity from its current 1 cent per tray to a new maximum of 5 cents per tray. The Board has given this proposal careful consideration and review to ensure it is the best way to future proof our ability to respond to future biosecurity risks.

This proposal will not increase the existing amount that growers currently pay to KVH. It is not asking growers to agree to any increase to our operating levy rate, only the ceiling level of the levy.

An increase in the ceiling of the levy will provide the necessary ability for the industry to fund a major incursion. At the time of such an event, the KVH Board (after taking advice from industry) will activate the increase to the levy - up to, but not beyond the 5 cent maximum - to pay for the kiwifruit industry’s agree cost share.

Based on the feedback we receive about the proposed levy change, we would then make a decision as to whether we formally request an increase to the Minister for Biosecurity, or not.   Please do have a read of the information that has been emailed to you. We welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or by email.

KVH will presenting more information about the proposal and discussing the potential change with members in more depth at grower roadshows in November.  View the PowerPoint that accompanies the presentations.

If you didn’t receive an email with information about the proposal you can download from the KVH website the letter and background leaflet that were sent out. Alternatively, please feel free to email us and we can send a copy to you.

KVH has also produced a set of frequently asked questions and answers to provide growers with as much up-to-date information about the proposal as possible, and to ensure this information is easily accessible to all. This document will be regularly updated.

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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