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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. 
 
 
 
 
Grower News
12 January 2017
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017
KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list.    Geoff’s award is for...
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017

KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list. 

 
Geoff’s award is for services to the wine industry, including his roles in introducing accredited virus testing, more than 120 new varieties and clones to the wine industry, and independently audited grapevine certification (resulting in the 2012 New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard).
 
Riversun Nursery is also part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), and Geoff has worked closely with KVH from early days to assist development of the KPCS (and the predecessor “KVH registered nursery” scheme), sharing his expertise and experience with grapevine and avocado plant certification. Geoff’s laboratory, Linnaeus Laboratory, also provided diagnostic capability during early stages of the Psa-V response and has carried out various research trials for Zespri and KVH that contributed to the Psa-V research effort.
 
Grower News
12 January 2017
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017
Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them. For a full list...
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017

Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them.

For a full list of KPCS certified nurseries and to find out more about the requirements of the KPCS, click here. 
 
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. 
 
Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can strengthen...
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines. 

 
Prior to Christmas, KVH visited several fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry. We also distributed posters with great information on pests to look out for; for importers to display in their facilities. Thanks to the importers we visited, who were all very willing to listen and contribute ideas to improve biosecurity.
 
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.   

Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017
Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home...
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017

Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home here.

It is important that everyone understands the seriousness of a BMSB invasion, as it is not just a horticultural pest but a real lifestyle pest as well. Not only will they ruin crops and gardens, they will also infest buildings and houses.  BMSB likes to hide in dark spaces, cracks and crevices – so keep an eye out for them and if you think you’ve found one – CATCH IT, SNAP IT, REPORT IT to 0800 80 99 66.

Check out this video from the USA, where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share this video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it was to establish in New Zealand

 

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