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Grower News
30 November 2017
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017
What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country? Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for...
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017

What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country?

Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Clearance Director Steve Gilbert, who will be discussing initiatives underway to ensure New Zealand’s border space keeps up with the ever changing - and increasing – biosecurity risks we face.

Steve will talk about how MPI’s border surveillance systems work and provide updates about the trends being seen in the passenger, mail, and cargo pathways of entry to New Zealand.

This presentation will also give growers an opportunity to learn more about MPI’s national strategic direction for biosecurity, and how the kiwifruit industry is involved through KVH initiatives such as incursion exercises; research projects; and events like the recent Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga.

Seats are limited and only a small number of places are available, which will be confirmed on a first in-first serve basis. Growers wishing to attend must register with KVH by next Wednesday.

What: Border presentation from Steve Gilbert, MPI
When: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 1.00pm – 1.45pm (before the separate KVH KiwiNet meeting begins)
Where: Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Email KVH by Wednesday 6 December

 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
Latest BMSB finds and data
30 November 2017
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 26 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border. More detail can be read in the November KVH Risk Update for BMSB,...
Latest BMSB finds and data
30 November 2017

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 26 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border.

More detail can be read in the November KVH Risk Update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for, and respond to BMSB.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses is available on the KVH website.

Company Notices
30 November 2017
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017
KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities. Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently...
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017

KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities.

Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently asked questions and answers about the proposal, are available on the KVH website.  The questions and answers have been put together based on the queries that were raised at roadshow meetings.

KVH has been consulting with growers because 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 (GIA).

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. 

The proposal will next be presented to IAC on Friday 8 December.

Based on all the feedback received, KVH will then decide as to whether to formally request an increase to the Minister for Biosecurity, or not.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposal, which can be emailed to KVH at info@kvh.org.nz or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 0800 665 825.
 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
More biosecurity fines
30 November 2017
KVH was pleased to read an announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) earlier this week about the hard line they are taking on arriving air passengers who fail to declare items that...
More biosecurity fines
30 November 2017

KVH was pleased to read an announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) earlier this week about the hard line they are taking on arriving air passengers who fail to declare items that could bring unwanted pests or diseases into the country.

So far this year MPI has issued more than 9,100 biosecurity infringements and given over 1,000 warnings to passengers for failing to follow biosecurity rules. This is quite an increase on previous years, and the numbers will likely go up a lot after the busy summer season.

KVH backs the tough stance being taken on people that put New Zealand, and our primary industries, at risk.

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has to play their part to help manage biosecurity risks when importing or travelling. KVH has produced a guide for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity risk after travelling (especially if an offshore orchard of farm has been visited) and to explain what growers can expect at the border when coming back to New Zealand.
 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017
Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies...
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017

Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies for growers.

Psa samples should now be sent directly to the new lab at 28 Duke Street, Frankton, Hamilton, 3204.

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for samples arriving in the lab will be Friday 15 December 2017. Testing will resume Monday 8 January 2018.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 18 December and 5 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. South Island).
 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
Psa effects to lessen over summer
30 November 2017
This spring has proven to be a difficult one for Psa on many sites across all growing regions with KVH still receiving reports of ongoing symptoms in Gold3.  For some sites cankers remain...
Psa effects to lessen over summer
30 November 2017

This spring has proven to be a difficult one for Psa on many sites across all growing regions with KVH still receiving reports of ongoing symptoms in Gold3. 

For some sites cankers remain active and collapsed canes and leaders continue to be removed. More Gold3 orchards have reported leaf spotting this year also, with many noticing increased flower abortion adjacent to these areas. Vines with root systems compromised by very wet weather or younger vines have been more affected.

Images from KVH visits to orchards this week are available here.

Symptoms are expected to reduce significantly as temperatures increase heading into summer. Similarly, for Hayward, Psa effects should reduce as the weather warms – the dry weather through Hayward pollination has been welcome.

Going forward, growers are reminded of the importance of continuing Psa protection and should use the KVH Psa Risk Model as a guide to upcoming high-risk weather. Also, choose dry weather for spring trunk girdling, male pruning and catch up canopy management or thinning rounds. Be sure to maintain tool hygiene between plants and bays.

KVH continues to visit and support growers seeing symptoms that appear quite different from previous years and growers are urged to contact KVH with any concerns about symptom levels seen this year or any unexplained vine symptoms.
 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
Myrtle rust - what you need to know
30 November 2017
As we head in to summer the weather is warming up and conditions are improving. Symptoms of myrtle rust are becoming more prevalent with the increasing temperatures, and detection of new infections...
Myrtle rust - what you need to know
30 November 2017

As we head in to summer the weather is warming up and conditions are improving. Symptoms of myrtle rust are becoming more prevalent with the increasing temperatures, and detection of new infections is as important as ever to help build a big picture of spread.

Late last week the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the disease had been found for the first time in Auckland, on a commercial plant property in Waimauku. Earlier this week a second find in Auckland was also confirmed, bringing the total of known infected locations to 136, including 37 non-commercial properties in Te Puke.

MPI is focusing surveillance efforts in the areas where myrtle rust is known to be present. In the Taranaki region, surveillance has extended out to the Controlled Area boundary. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is also undertaking surveillance in targeted areas in other parts of the country, which is expected to be complete by the end of the month. To date, no myrtle rust has been found on any Public Conservation Land checked by the survey parties.

There is specific information and recommendations for specific groups, including home gardeners, nursey owners, and beekeepers, on the MPI website. 

KVH, and Zespri, have been in regular discussion with MPI to ensure there is clear advice available to beekeepers. MPI’s position is that beehive movements do not pose a significant risk to the spread of myrtle rust and as such there are no restrictions on movement in place. We support this position.

However, beekeepers should speak with landowners about moving bees from myrtle rust areas to areas with no myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants or vines, you may see it on other plants on your orchard or home garden (there haven’t been any detections of myrtle rust on feijoa plants). If you find it, don’t touch it – take a photo and call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

A free app has also been created so people can quickly and easily let officials know if they suspect they’ve found symptoms. Myrtle Rust Reporter can be used for observing and mapping common host plants that may be susceptible to the fungus, getting assistance from others to confirm identifications, and making reports.

Be on the lookout for big yellow powdery eruptions on either or both sides of the leaf; brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which appear on older lesions; and buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

Good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats, particularly the KVH hygiene recommendations.  Plant material, vehicles, people and equipment can carry pests and diseases. Restrict access to orchards and ensure visitors, harvest staff, and contractors know and follow your hygiene requirements.

Company Notices
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. 

Biosecurity News
16 November 2017
Celebrating a successful local Biosecurity Week
16 November 2017
This year’s Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga was a success with hundreds of people taking part in various activities alongside biosecurity experts and special guest Ruud ‘The Bug...
Celebrating a successful local Biosecurity Week
16 November 2017

This year’s Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga was a success with hundreds of people taking part in various activities alongside biosecurity experts and special guest Ruud ‘The Bug Man’ Kleinpaste.

The week, which ran from Monday 30 October through to Saturday 4 November, highlighted the importance of biosecurity and the role that everyone plays in managing unwanted risks.

Port of Tauranga Chief Executive Mark Cairns said there are passionate people who work on and around the port who know biosecurity is a critical issue and something that affects everyone in one way or another.

“The wider port community is large, with just over 10,000 people operating on the frontline. We had more than 22 million tonnes of cargo move across the wharf last year and there are just over 80 cruise ships arriving this season.  Biosecurity matters because it’s also a significant business risk.”

“Our key message is if something happens, there will be a cost to you, your job or your business, and you need to know what you can do to stop it.”

As the organisation responsible for leading biosecurity preparedness on behalf of the kiwifruit industry, KVH is a key partner in the initiative as it makes sense to coordinate efforts in striving towards the common goal of biosecurity excellence and improving understanding of risk.

By working together, we can protect the kiwifruit industry - and other horticultural industries - from unwanted biosecurity risks. The port community knows that they make a difference by being vigilant and aware of new and emerging threats” said KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil.

“Knowing what to look for and reporting anything unusual, including unfamiliar insects or suspicious looking pests will help protect all our businesses.”

Early in the week biosecurity staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) visited transitional facilities throughout the Bay of Plenty to share up-to-date information about managing risk and to learn more about the biosecurity systems in place.


The week coincided with the arrival of one of the first cruise ships for the season and the introduction of a new initiative where KVH staff met tour bus drivers to talk with them about the help they can provide in looking out for and reporting risks when travelling to kiwifruit orchards (and other popular regional sites) with international cruise ship passengers. This was very successful and will be repeated.

The Bug Man visited a local polytechnic, primary school and post-harvest facility, to engage hundreds of people in visual and exciting conversations about the importance of keeping our local communities, industries, and environment free of unwanted threats. Holding interactive presentations and Q&A sessions like this will be something we look at expanding on next year. 

An official function was also held mid-way through the week and was attended by senior staff from government, industry, transport and logistic groups. The Bug Man who kept all attendees entertained and reiterated the success of the group in setting a regional example of partnering to build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million.

Biosecurity Week is part of the ‘Biosecurity Excellence Partnership’ between the Port of Tauranga, Ministry for Primary Industries, Kiwifruit Vine Health, NZ Avocado, Forest Owners Association, Dairy NZ, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Customs NZ.
The initiative’s goal is ‘no biosecurity incursions coming through the Port of Tauranga’.

A photo gallery from the week is available here.

Biosecurity News
16 November 2017
Strengthening biosecurity at transitional facilities
16 November 2017
KVH is pleased the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is undertaking a serious security crackdown on transitional facilities. The move aims to stop undeclared risk goods and contaminants from...
Strengthening biosecurity at transitional facilities
16 November 2017

KVH is pleased the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is undertaking a serious security crackdown on transitional facilities. The move aims to stop undeclared risk goods and contaminants from escaping or being wrongly released or stolen.

MPI will be cancelling approval for any transitional facility that does not meet security requirements by September 2018 (this date allows ample time for existing facilities to come up to scratch), and applications from new facilities will not be approved if they do not meet the right measures. For example, MPI must see locks on containers, cones and signage to keep unauthorised people away during unloading, and fences with lockable gates or equivalent security systems.

Transitional facilities are an important part of New Zealand’s border. They hold uncleared risk goods (including fruit and other food products, things made from wood or plant material, sea containers, used machinery or vehicles) for inspection, secure storage or treatment until they receive biosecurity clearance or are re-shipped or destroyed.

These facilities are a pathway for many of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests, especially hitchhiker pests like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Many transitional facilities are located on and around the Port of Tauranga and both KVH and local MPI officers are regularly engaging with site staff - most recently during Biosecurity Week - to make sure they are correctly clearing all goods, know what to look for, and how to report anything unusual. This work is a priority for KVH.

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 November 2017
Insight from latest monitoring rounds
16 November 2017
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...
Insight from latest monitoring rounds
16 November 2017

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.

KVH has so far received about 50% 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.

The value of monitoring was highlighted recently when KVH completed monitoring rounds in Whangarei and North-West Auckland, where a further positive result was identified.

Symptoms were leaf spotting and flower bud browning on several male vines in a Hayward orchard – see article photo.

As there is Psa inoculum around, growers in this region are advised to carefully check their orchards for symptoms and contact their post-harvest representative or KVH to have samples taken if they see anything suspicious.

KVH staff monitored orchards surrounding and including the two positive orchards In Whangarei. Several samples were taken from orchards during this monitoring round but no new Psa positive sites were identified.

Growers in this region have had four rounds of monitoring to complete over the high-risk Spring period. The last round is due to be submitted to KVH by Friday 1 December.

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.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz