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Company Notices
20 April 2017
Notice of KVH Annual General Meeting
20 April 2017
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Kiwifruit Vine Health will be held Thursday 24 August 2017. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail during the first week of August. These will include...
Notice of KVH Annual General Meeting
20 April 2017

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Kiwifruit Vine Health will be held Thursday 24 August 2017.

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 & Biosecurity Levy for the 2018 year, any proposed rule changes, Explanation of Resolutions and your voting paper.

KVH AGM
Date: Thursday 24 August 2017
Time: 9.00am
Location: Suite 1, ASB Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Company Notices
20 April 2017
Change is coming
20 April 2017
But don’t panic, we’re not going anywhere. We think it’s time we freshened up the way we present things and maybe even some of the colours we use ... we’re working on it now...
Change is coming
20 April 2017

But don’t panic, we’re not going anywhere. We think it’s time we freshened up the way we present things and maybe even some of the colours we use ... we’re working on it now and will have more to share over the coming weeks.

Company Notices
6 April 2017
KVH single entity formalised
6 April 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated will now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA). The Minister for Primary Industries approved...
KVH single entity formalised
6 April 2017

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

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

Further information will be presented at the KVH AGM in July to liquidate the former KVH Foundation.

Company Notices
26 January 2017
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
  The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are...
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
 
The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are below:
 
“It seems a long time ago when I walked in to my first board meeting at KVH. It was an exciting opportunity for me, and I was looking forward to observing how the cogs turned in the inner sanctum of the boardroom. My experience from that very first day was of an extremely cohesive board, committed to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.
 
My two years on the board has overseen a transition period for KVH, where the primary focus has gradually shifted from Psa-V to the wider realm of biosecurity. As we move out of the shadow of Psa, it is important to remember the lessons we have learned, and ensure that we remain vigilant to all possible threats. It is essential that growers don’t become complacent, and that KVH is supported in their role to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from biosecurity threats.
 
I would like to thank KVH for the initiative in developing an associate director role – this is a rare opportunity which has given me a great experience in governance and leadership. I would also like to thank my fellow directors for their guidance and tutelage over the last few years. Lastly, I would like to thank the whole team at KVH, and acknowledge their hard work and dedication on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.”
 

 

Company Notices
12 January 2017
The year ahead for KVH
12 January 2017
January provides a good time to reflect on the year that has passed, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 2017 will be a big year for KVH, as we work towards our goal of a biosecurity resilient...
The year ahead for KVH
12 January 2017

January provides a good time to reflect on the year that has passed, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 2017 will be a big year for KVH, as we work towards our goal of a biosecurity resilient kiwifruit industry.

KVH will continue to utilise its position within government groups to actively influence decision-making to improve biosecurity within the industry. A Brown Marmorated Stink Bug operational agreement will be finalised early year, as well as a partnership agreement for a number of kiwifruit specific biosecurity risks, including Ceratocystis fimbriata.
 
At the end of 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries released its Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement, which highlights five strategic directions to enable us to meet the challenges facing the biosecurity system. This year, KVH will be developing strategies to align with these key focus areas. 
 
Click here to read Chief Executive Barry O’Neil’s thoughts on the year ahead for KVH. 
 
 
 
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz.    Come along and support our industry’s talented...
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz
 
Come along and support our industry’s talented young horticulturalists, while MC Ruud Kleinpaste aka ‘The Bug Man’ keeps everyone entertained over a three-course meal and drinks. 
 
The gala dinner and awards night will be held on Wednesday 15 February at ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Tickets are $90 each and tables of ten are available. Don’t miss out – get your tickets now. 
 
The Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition showcases and celebrates the horticultural industry's top young talent each year, developing skills and fostering leadership for our future leaders. 
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017
KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his...
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017

KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his reflections on his time with KVH in the next bulletin.

Sonia is the General Manager of Apata GROW - Apata's Orchard Management division. She has a technical background in horticulture including a Bachelor of Horticulture Science (with first class honours in plant protection) and a doctorate in plant diseases.

Sonia's career has spanned 20 years,  moving from Academia into Commerce, with a focus on accessing innovative science to support the various agriculture sectors.

Biosecurity is a subject close to Sonia's heart, having been in technical roles supporting growers during two major incursions. The first was the 2006 tomato/potato psyllid incursion and the associated bacterial disease liberibacter, followed by Psa in kiwifruit in 2010. Both events emphasised to Sonia the importance of industry awareness of biosecurity threats to ensure preparedness and support early detection.

"The reality of the situation is that raising the profile of biosecurity is challenging. Growers find it difficult to turn their mind to something that isn’t happening, or hasn't happened yet, when there are so many things that need to be dealt with right now. However, a major pest incursion is, in my view, the greatest threat facing the future success of our industry, so we need to understand these threats and be ready to act decisively and effectively if or when they are realised".

Sonia is excited about the opportunity to work with the KVH Board and staff to help advance the kiwifruit industry’s state of readiness.   

Company Notices
1 December 2016
Protecting to Grow New Zealand
1 December 2016
MPI and GIA partners hosted the Protecting to Grow New Zealand Biosecurity Forum last week, which included national and international experts speaking about the future of biosecurity in New Zealand....
Protecting to Grow New Zealand
1 December 2016

MPI and GIA partners hosted the Protecting to Grow New Zealand Biosecurity Forum last week, which included national and international experts speaking about the future of biosecurity in New Zealand. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy also launched the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement. The second day of the forum provided opportunity for discussion and contribution through workshops focused on each of the five key strategic directions.  

 
Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and Biosecurity Programmes Manager Andrew Harrison attended the forum and contributed significantly to the workshops.
 
Click here to read the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.
 
Company Notices
3 November 2016
Board strategy session
3 November 2016
The KVH Board will meet for a strategy session on Thursday 24 November. If there is anything you would like to be discussed at the session, please email Barry O’Neil on...
Board strategy session
3 November 2016
The KVH Board will meet for a strategy session on Thursday 24 November. If there is anything you would like to be discussed at the session, please email Barry O’Neil on barry.oneil@kvh.org.nz

 

Company Notices
20 October 2016
KVH plans move to single legal entity
20 October 2016
KVH plans to move to a single legal entity, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. This will be a change from the current situation, whereby KVH comprises two legal entities, “Kiwifruit Vine...
KVH plans move to single legal entity
20 October 2016
KVH plans to move to a single legal entity, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. This will be a change from the current situation, whereby KVH comprises two legal entities, “Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated” and “The KVH Foundation Incorporated”, acting jointly. The latter will be wound up. 
 
The reason for this planned change is to reduce cost and simplify accounting. Maintaining two legal entities is no longer cost-effective in light of constitutional changes (namely, a rule change to Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated, making all Growers members) and reduced funding arrangements related to full expenditure of the Crown’s Psa funding contribution. 
 
The practical implication of this change (in addition to the small on-going cost saving) is the Minister for Biosecurity must confirm the new single legal entity, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated, represents the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors for the purpose of GIA (as opposed to the two legal entities acting jointly, as above). 
 
This change will have no impact at all on the biosecurity or Psa activities carried out by KVH, nor any impact on the National Pest Management Plan or the existing levy-order funding arrangements for GIA purposes (apart from levies being payable to Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated instead of KVH Foundation Incorporated). It will not restrict the mandate of KVH in any way, as the existing rules of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated are sufficiently broad and provide for all functions and activities carried out by KVH, inclusive of the additional functions and activities that would be transferred to Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated following its succession to KVH Foundation Incorporated. 
 
KVH wishes to ensure there are no grower concerns or issues with this planned change, and welcomes any feedback. Please submit any feedback to info@kvh.org.nz no later than Friday 11 November. Shortly after this date KVH plans to submit a formal application to MPI and the Minister to make the change.
 

 

Company Notices
18 October 2016
KVH Board Associate Director vcacancy
18 October 2016
KVH have an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the Kiwifruit Industry.   We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated & The KVH...
KVH Board Associate Director vcacancy
18 October 2016

KVH have an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the Kiwifruit Industry.  

We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated & The KVH Foundation Incorporated Board of Directors as an Associate Director.  
 
This opportunity will expose the successful applicant to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the KVH Board table.

The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an Industry Leader and a contribution from KVH towards their governance training.  
This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board.  
 
For further information or a copy of the position description please contact Jacqui Craig on 0800 665 825.  
 
Please send your current CV and application letter to:  Jacqui Craig, jacqui.craig@kvh.org.nz

Applications close Friday 11 November 2016.
 
Company Notices
6 October 2016
Phd student at KVH
6 October 2016
KVH welcomed Stuart Woodcock to the team in August. Stuart is a PhD student from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. He is working with KVH and Zespri on a three month...
Phd student at KVH
6 October 2016
KVH welcomed Stuart Woodcock to the team in August. Stuart is a PhD student from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. He is working with KVH and Zespri on a three month secondment. 
 
His work investigates how bacteria are able to cause disease in humans and plants and he has previously worked with bacteria similar to Psa.  Stuart is using his time in New Zealand to review the recent research on Psa and gain insight into how the kiwifruit industry works. By the end of his secondment, he hopes to have identified any gaps in past research and will provide recommendations on future direction.
 

 

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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