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The funding mechanisms of KVH were originally established for Psa and are now out of date based on the serious nature of the biosecurity risks we face and the need to be able to immediately respond in the event of an incursion as part of our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

Company Notices
5 October 2017
Meet the team - introducing Andrew Harrison
5 October 2017
Andrew Harrison joined KVH in 2012 as Biosecurity Programmes Manager. He leads a small team with particular focus on the prevention side of biosecurity (things like global scanning for new risks...
Meet the team - introducing Andrew Harrison
5 October 2017

Andrew Harrison joined KVH in 2012 as Biosecurity Programmes Manager.

He leads a small team with particular focus on the prevention side of biosecurity (things like global scanning for new risks and influencing Government and others to prevent arrival of new threats), readiness and response to make sure we’re well prepared for any future biosecurity crisis, and on underpinning science and innovation.   


Andrew’s a biosecurity specialist. He previously worked in the biosecurity field for both the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Department of Conservation (DOC), where he’s led biosecurity readiness, response and pest management operations, as well as biosecurity strategy, policy and law reform in various senior management and technical roles.

With KVH, a recent focus for Andrew was leading a BMSB exercise, which brought industry leaders and specialist advisers together to test how prepared we are for one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry today, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Development of our industry’s new BMSB Readiness Plan was tested during that exercise – a joint KVH/Zespri project and effort which Andrew led.

A key focus for Andrew in the near future is taking the Biosecurity Excellence at Port of Tauranga partnership to the next level. This includes preparing for this year’s Biosecurity Week (30 Oct – 3 Nov), working with researchers from Better Border Biosecurity to commence the new research programme recently approved by government to support developing biosecurity excellence at the Port, and rolling this approach out across other marine and air ports around New Zealand.

Andrew works on contract for KVH. He’s also the Chairman of New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI), and a biosecurity consultant assisting Government and other industries with their biosecurity challenges.


Andrew’s a keen grower – with a small HW block in Te Puna he’s improving and converting to organic green. Outside of work his main passions are his young family, fishing, hunting and gardening.

 

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.

 

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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