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Company Notices
21 September 2017
Committed to biosecurity and ready to act
21 September 2017
KVH’s strategy through to 2020 ensures we continue to be an effective and focused industry body. The strategy reflects the significant change KVH has been through since our inception in 2011...
Committed to biosecurity and ready to act
21 September 2017

KVH’s strategy through to 2020 ensures we continue to be an effective and focused industry body.

The strategy reflects the significant change KVH has been through since our inception in 2011 when activities focused on Psa, to an organisation that now leads biosecurity protection on behalf of kiwifruit growers and industry. It’s based on a three-pronged defence – protection, readiness and response, and management.  

What does this mean in practical terms?

When we talk about protection, we’re talking about the work KVH does to help stop any biosecurity risk before it reaches our border (through global scanning to identify new risks and influencing government and industry) and ensuring nothing arrives here that we didn’t already know about.

This includes influencing policy setting and working with regulators to develop legislation that affects the industry. We’re a key Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partner, achieving maximum value in the delivery of cost-effective biosecurity operations. Read more here.

We focus on readiness and response activities so the industry is prepared and ready to respond quickly to any incursion. This involves having robust plans that are explicit about the roles and responsibilities all parties have, testing the plans (through simulations and workshops), and making sure everyone involved has the tools, systems and resources they need. Read more about our most recent incursion exercise here.

In the event of an incursion, KVH will lead ongoing management including on-orchard management strategies, making sure the industry is well coordinated, and assuring alignment with any Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) activities. A big part of this work is promoting ‘best practice’ to reduce biosecurity risk to growers.

Underpinning the strategy is a comprehensive communications awareness campaign and a KVH/Zespri funded Research and Development programme that is providing pragmatic solutions to some of our biggest biosecurity issues.

The KVH Strategy 2017-2020 has been designed as a short, easy-to-read leaflet available online (growers will also have received a printed copy recently in their AGM packs) and includes a plan for how we'll operate to achieve results. 

She is a member of the Psa steering group and also the Zespri crop protection steering group with input into research projects and facilitation and implementation of results from the KVH/ZESPRI research projects.

More recently, her role has had increased focus on biosecurity and now includes co-ordination of the KiwiNet representatives from across the post-harvest sector. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) now supersedes spring as her least favourite thing! Meeting and sharing knowledge with a wide range of great people across the industry remains the best part of her job.

Linda has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 30 years, in both growing and post-harvest roles, and prior to joining KVH was technical manager at Direct Management Services (DMS).

Gardening, kayaking, biking and the great outdoors are weekend favourites and travel has and will always be, in the blood. Latest recommendation, a 12-day biking and kayak trip around Samoa.

 

Company Notices
7 September 2017
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under general...
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly.

All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for their continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.
 

Company Notices
30 August 2017
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under...
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly. All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for the continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.

 

Company Notices
24 August 2017
AGM results
24 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime...
AGM results
24 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime please either contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or speak to a KVH Director.

All AGM documents, including financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Company Notices
24 August 2017
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017
Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours. In previous...
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017

Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours.

In previous issues of the Bulletin we mentioned that we’re going to be freshening up our look and the way we present things. We started making some changes at Fieldays (when visitors to our stand will have noticed our new display banners) and growers received the new-look Annual Report recently in the mail.  As mentioned earlier in this Bulletin, the new seasonal management guide is out now and that has also been refreshed with updated content and a new design.

Please email us if you would like to subscribe to the fortnightly KVH Bulletin.

Company Notices
22 August 2017
Final days to vote
22 August 2017
We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday. If you’re not able to make it in person, please don’t forget to complete your voting papers and...
Final days to vote
22 August 2017

We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday. If you’re not able to make it in person, please don’t forget to complete your voting papers and return them to KVH.

Your grower pack (delivered in the mail) includes voting papers and all the proposed resolutions, including 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. Also included is a recommendation of the rate of the National Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity levies for the 2018 year.

Copies are also available on the KVH website, along with full financial statements.

Once completed, please return your voting papers to KVH by email or fax, or by hand delivery before or at the AGM.  To return papers by email please contact info@kvh.org.nz. The number for returning papers by fax is 07 574 7591.

If growers have any questions or queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or speak to a KVH Director.

The KVH AGM is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow afterwards.

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

Company Notices
10 August 2017
See you at the AGM
10 August 2017
The KVH AGM is now just a fortnight away. Growers packs have been delivered and include all the proposed resolutions along with explanatory information and material. Please feel free to contact KVH...
See you at the AGM
10 August 2017

The KVH AGM is now just a fortnight away. Growers packs have been delivered and include all the proposed resolutions along with explanatory information and material. Please feel free to contact KVH if you have any questions about the AGM proposals.

The packs (available on the KVH website with full financial statements) also include voting papers – once completed, please return them to KVH either by email or fax, or by hand delivery before or at the AGM.

This meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and then Zespri AGMs will follow afterwards.

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

Company Notices
10 August 2017
Annual Report out now
10 August 2017
The KVH Annual Report 2016/17 has been released. This report details KVH’s key activities and events over the period, profiles some of the biggest biosecurity threats to kiwifruit, and ...
Annual Report out now
10 August 2017

The KVH Annual Report 2016/17 has been released.

This report details KVH’s key activities and events over the period, profiles some of the biggest biosecurity threats to kiwifruit, and outlines what KVH is doing to make sure the industry - and growers - are prepared for the next biosecurity challenge, should it occur.

It also contains an overview of the ongoing research and development programme that helps growers learn more about the management of biosecurity threats, including Psa.

Read or download a copy of the new report here or email KVH if you would prefer a copy posted to you.

Growers have received a copy in the mail with their AGM packs.

Company Notices
10 August 2017
Meet the team - introducing Peter Mourits
10 August 2017
Peter has a marketing and business development background and has held senior management positions in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector and the agricultural sector.  He has an MBA and more...
Meet the team - introducing Peter Mourits
10 August 2017

Peter has a marketing and business development background and has held senior management positions in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector and the agricultural sector. 

He has an MBA and more than twenty years’ experience in primary production, primarily in the fertiliser sector. He led the team that developed the PCR test for the identification of Psa-V and established a Psa-V testing service for the kiwifruit industry.

Peter started working at KVH in late 2013. His role involves supporting the operations team in the provision of technical advice to the industry and works closely with the science community in developing an understanding around Psa resistance to control products.  He enjoys working with growers and sharing what the industry learns about Psa management.

Peter sees shifting growers’ mindsets from Psa to best practice for wider biosecurity as a significant challenge for KVH and the industry if we are to be collectively successful in reducing the risk imposed by increasing biosecurity challenges at our borders. 

Outside of work Peter enjoys spending time with family and supports several businesses through the local chamber of commerce business mentors programme.

Company Notices
27 July 2017
Premier award for former KVH Chair
27 July 2017
Former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13 July. You may have seen the news on our...
Premier award for former KVH Chair
27 July 2017

Former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13 July.

You may have seen the news on our website. 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 KVH helped shape the organisation, particularly in how we manage Psa, and also preparing for other biosecurity risks.

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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