Search Site

Newsroom

Print these articles
Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018
It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018

It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

KVH has so far received about 40% of these results. If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. View reporting results by region here

If you are unsure whether your orchard is recorded as Psa positive or Not Detected please call us at KVH 0800 665 825 and we can clarify this for you.

We are happy to you assist with entering your monitoring results electronically.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018
Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of...
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018

Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of spreading Psa via pollen.

For the past 3 years, KVH has been collecting pollen samples from Recovery regions and had them tested by Hill Laboratories for Psa.

Last year, Psa was detected in all 11 samples tested and all 33 sub-samples. The levels of Psa detected were all high. Live Psa bacteria was found when culturing 28 of the 33 sub samples.

Please refer to KVH Protocol: Artificial Pollination for further details on requirements for pollen mills and flower collectors.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018
Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also...
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018

Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also monitored three orchards outside the Controlled area.

Infection is well controlled on the positive orchards and the only symptoms observed by KVH were minimal spotting on some Bruno suckers. Samples were taken from some orchards during this round, but no Psa positive sites were identified.

Growers in the Whangarei region, particularly those in the Controlled Area, have been regularly monitoring their vines and taking samples where there have been concerns over symptoms.

AgFirst Motueka will be completing an independent monitoring round of a selection of South Island orchards in the last week of November, to confirm the region is still Psa Not Detected.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018
KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk. The proposed...
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018

KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains several different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level. The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of the proposed pathway are available on the KVH website, including:
- A summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers last month
- An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.


If you would like more details, please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

The consultation period closes 5pm tomorrow, Friday 2 November 2018. To provide feedback on the proposal please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018
As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018

As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or need any help to complete your monitoring.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018
KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year. All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or...
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018

KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year.

All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or artificially applying pollen" - must register with KVH annually via the KVH website here. This includes all pollen mill operators (including growers who mill for their own use) and anyone who has sourced pollen from a mill for further distribution.

Thanks to those who have already registered with KVH and provided their Risk Management Plan.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018
This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing...
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018

This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing positive orchards. With this progression of Psa the status of the region has changed from Exclusion to Containment as per the criteria specified in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan.

For growers in the region the new detections will be disappointing as their efforts to date including removing susceptible varieties, on-orchard hygiene and compliance with movement controls have been successful in slowing the spread of Psa. However, the change to Containment status will not reduce the level of protection provided to other growers in the region as movement controls exist for the movement of risk goods between Recovery and Containment regions, and from positive to non-detected orchards within a region.

Furthermore, while infection remains in a tightly concentrated area, KVH will be keeping the existing Controlled Area Notice in place to provide further protection to growers in the region, especially those isolated from the centre of infection.

KVH has travelled to Whangarei to consult with growers and will be visiting the region again early next month to undertake monitoring rounds. It is pleasing to see that growers are undertaking monitoring in the region and a number of Psa-like samples have been submitted to the lab for testing, but fortunately these have all returned non-detected results to date (other than the four known positives mentioned above).

Updated maps and regional status information for all regions is available on the KVH website here.

Protocols and movement control information is available here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018
KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk. The...
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018

KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains a number of different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level.

The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of this pathway are available on the KVH website, including;

·         The summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers this month

·         An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.

If you would like more details about the proposed pathway please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

To provide feedback on this pathway please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825 by 5pm Friday 2 November 2018. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 October 2018
Mandatory monitoring reminder
4 October 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring by Monday 15 October, with...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
4 October 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring by Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. This helps us monitor the degree of spread of disease and also assist in early alerts for new infection.



To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 September 2018
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Protocols & Movement Controls
6 September 2018
Mandatory orchard monitoring
6 September 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October,...
Mandatory orchard monitoring
6 September 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October. Monitoring is a critical component of establishing Psa-presence, location, and volume so that it can be managed.

An online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the online form.

Why is monitoring so important? Growers in Exclusion regions and with ‘Not Detected’ orchards need to monitor vines for Psa early, so we can act if anything is identified and protect the rest of their orchard as well as nearby growers.

Regular orchard monitoring enables growers to become familiar with their vines. It’s about learning what is usual, and what isn’t. Nine times out 10 when you see something odd it will be nothing, and that’s good, because it means that the one time it’s something of concern, we’re finding it. The sooner we learn about something unusual the more we can do to help.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen or identifiable to monitoring staff.

Protocols & Movement Controls
12 July 2018
Changes to regional boundaries effective next Monday
12 July 2018
Following consultation with growers and nurseries and consideration of submissions, KVH is revoking all regional boundaries within the Recovery regions in the North Island, creating one region with...
Changes to regional boundaries effective next Monday
12 July 2018

Following consultation with growers and nurseries and consideration of submissions, KVH is revoking all regional boundaries within the Recovery regions in the North Island, creating one region with geographically separate locations. This change will be in place from Monday 16 July 2018 and updated documentation is available on the KVH website.

Thank you to the growers and nurseries who gave KVH their feedback during the consultation. Submissions were primarily in support of the proposal. Regional boundaries and classifications (based on the level of Psa infection) are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but did provide some inequities around plant material movements, especially between Recovery regions.

Following this change, there will also be an amendment in the description of nurseries under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Those nurseries currently fully certified will continue to be described as producing KPCS Full Certification plants. However, those nurseries that currently hold Within Region certification will now be referred to as producing KPCS Restricted Certification plants. There will be a two-week implementation period for nurseries to transition to any new branding.


The KPCS itself is to be reviewed, with a view to aligning biosecurity risk management policies for all plant material.  This will help ensure biosecurity resilience and robust plant movement traceability. KVH will keep growers and nurseries updated as the review progresses.

Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next>>

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