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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.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Biosecurity Week
4 October 2018
The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Biosecurity Week will take place this year Monday 15 – Sunday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and...
Biosecurity Week
4 October 2018

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Biosecurity Week will take place this year Monday 15 – Sunday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role everyone in the community plays in protecting our local environement and economy from biosecurity threats.

The TMBC will be officially launched on Tuesday 16 October. This one-day event brings together Iwi, business and community leaders as well as environmental and biosecurity/biodiversity leaders. Guests will hear inspiring stories and case studies, be involved in interactive workshops and work with like-minded people in a creative, collaborative and innovative space. The aim is to form a leadership group to begin the journey to “building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million”. Read more and register here.

There are two other key activities during the week KVH is heavily involved in – one is the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day on Thursday 18 October – read more in this weeks Bulletin below and please come along to what will be an interesting and informative update focussed on pests to kiwifruit and on-orchard management.

The other is the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, which as per previous years involves the Port, KVH and the Ministry for Primary Inustries (MPI) working with Port staff and contractors during the week to raise awareness of the importance of best-practice when it comes to biosecurity vigilance, what pests to be on the lookout for, and how to report unusual finds.

Grower News
4 October 2018
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018
Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases. The day will...
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018

Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

The day will cover KVH readiness activities and how these relate to Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and the national This Is Us TV campaign; research into soil-borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management; and latest news and lessons from offshore with guest presenters, including Dr Anne Neilsen from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

View the event flyer for more details and please share the information with any grower you think may be interested in attending.

Where: The Orchard Church, Te Puke
When: Thursday 18 October, 9am – midday with lunch provided
RSVP: email events@zespri.com by Friday 12 October

Grower News
4 October 2018
Zespri OPC spring field days
4 October 2018
Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers...
Zespri OPC spring field days
4 October 2018

Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers about orchard management plans for this spring.

KVH staff will also be at some field days, sharing information about Psa management during spring; the importance of comprehensive spray programmes; and the high-risk pests to be on the lookout for over the coming months. View the KVH spring flyer here. 

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Cruise operators help keep pests out
4 October 2018
KVH attended the annual pre-cruise season meeting at the Port of Tauranga last week to raise awareness of biosecurity and the partnership between the Port, KVH, and the Ministry for Primary...
Cruise operators help keep pests out
4 October 2018

KVH attended the annual pre-cruise season meeting at the Port of Tauranga last week to raise awareness of biosecurity and the partnership between the Port, KVH, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) aiming for biosecurity excellence.

Along with senior and operational Port staff; MPI; Customs; tours and transport officials; regional tourism and council staff were also at the meeting to talk through run plans for the busy summer season ahead. This was the perfect opportunity for KVH to build on bus driver visits last year and make biosecurity a standing item on this group’s meeting agenda.

There are 113 ships stopping at the Port over the summer (the first arriving tomorrow, Friday 5 October) and since the meeting KVH has provided all bus drivers with information about biosecurity that they can share with their customers, including pre-written intercom messages and instructions for passengers if they are on a tour that stops in at a kiwifruit orchard.

This summer KVH is stocking the Mount Maunganui and Cruise Terminal i-Sites with biosecurity flyers raising awareness about high-risk pest threats (mainly BMSB) potentially hitchhiking their way across our borders. The i-Sites double as ticketing offices and are often the first point of call for visitors and cruise ship passengers wanting to know more about the region and plan their time here.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Managing BMSB risk
4 October 2018
A new KVH Risk Update on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is available online. The update outlines how BMSB risk is being mitigated at the border through readiness activities and awareness...
Managing BMSB risk
4 October 2018

A new KVH Risk Update on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is available online. The update outlines how BMSB risk is being mitigated at the border through readiness activities and awareness campaigns, and incorporates data made available by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Since the start of the high-risk season earlier last month (1 September) there have been no BMSB interceptions. However, during last season there were more than 2200 BMSB interceptions, demonstrating how real the risk is and how important it is to remain vigilant and keep watch.

The KVH Risk Update will be produced monthly during the high-risk season.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Compliance at the border looking up
4 October 2018
KVH welcomes new data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) showing 98.7% of air travellers were free of risk goods after going through biosecurity checks at the border. The independently...
Compliance at the border looking up
4 October 2018

KVH welcomes new data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) showing 98.7% of air travellers were free of risk goods after going through biosecurity checks at the border.

The independently verified survey of almost 12,000 people was recently completed and is just above the target of 98.5%, which gives KVH confidence in the work being done by MPI frontline staff to appropriately manage risk.

The survey findings showed strong results for the Green Lane exit, which allows low-risk passengers to avoid x-ray screening of their baggage after assessment by an officer. The compliance rate for Green Lane across the four major airports in the survey was 99.1%, the same as last year.

Very importantly, the results also showed that passenger compliance for goods associated with fruit fly and foot-and-mouth disease is almost 100% (99.9%).

KVH works closely with MPI to advocate for strong biosecurity systems and processes, and we will continue to do so, but these figures are pleasing and support our continued confidence in the work MPI is doing at the border.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Have you seen this bird?
4 October 2018
KVH is asking those working or living in Te Puke to report any sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul. The bird is an introduced pest that’s renowned for the damage it...
Have you seen this bird?
4 October 2018

KVH is asking those working or living in Te Puke to report any sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul.

The bird is an introduced pest that’s renowned for the damage it inflicts on fruit and vegetable crops. With our extensive kiwifruit industry and other horticultural crops, this is not a bird we want in the Bay of Plenty. It is aggressive, chasing off other birds, including native species, competing with them for food and space.

A single red-vented bulbul was found and removed near Te Puke in 2016. If you think you’ve seen one, please report the sighting to MPI on 0800 80 99 66 with an indication of location as well as a photo if possible.

Red-vented bulbuls are a medium-sized bird around the size of a starling (20cm in length – body and tail). They are generally dark brown/grey coloured with a lighter chest and rump, a small crest (upstanding feathers) on their head, and significantly, a very distinctive crimson-red patch of feathers beneath their tail. They have quite a distinctive sound, which you can listen to
here.

In recent years, small populations of the bird have been eradicated from areas in Auckland. Although they are established in Australia and on some Pacific islands, they are not likely to have flown to New Zealand but it's possible they have stowed away on large ocean-going vessels.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Psa around the regions
4 October 2018
In general growers around the regions are reporting Psa levels to be lower than last year, being wisely cautious. However, situations can change quickly, and regular monitoring is recommended to stay...
Psa around the regions
4 October 2018

In general growers around the regions are reporting Psa levels to be lower than last year, being wisely cautious. However, situations can change quickly, and regular monitoring is recommended to stay on top of things.  

Sites which were very cold through winter are seeing more symptoms with Waihi growers reporting exudate on Hayward males, particularly on less tolerant varieties such as M-series males within the last week. For some younger Gold3 blocks growers in Psa affected areas have also reported that some vines strung last year are showing recent die-back and cane collapse with exudate along the leader becoming visible as pressure comes onto the young growing plant. These symptoms serve as a reminder to maintain a strong spray programme, including products with different modes of action. The window for bactericide is rapidly closing for most Gold sites so decisions on use of this product need to be made with care.

For most Hayward growers, leaves will be at or beyond 25-30mm, so bactericides can be considered for high-risk sites and Actigard can also be applied. CPPU, a preventative spray to reduce leafspot may also be applied when shoots reach 15-25cm.

For growers on Hayward sites with a history of flower-bud infection the recommendation is to apply pre-flower trunk girdle, one month prior to flowering to protect vines from bud infection but to be extra cautious with supervision of this task.

Read more in the KVH spring flyer here. 

 

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Making the most of tools across industries
4 October 2018
Last week KVH met with Plant and Food Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists to hear more about the CSIRO tool ADOPT, which has been developed to...
Making the most of tools across industries
4 October 2018

Last week KVH met with Plant and Food Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists to hear more about the CSIRO tool ADOPT, which has been developed to improve uptake of research and improved practices across farming sectors.

CSIRO staff are aiming to expand their impact in adoption forecasting into other industries and the visit was to understand the fit with KVH in supporting growers to adopt innovation arising from research.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Taking part in the Bay of Plenty collective to strengthen biosecurity fight
4 October 2018
KVH is one of 19 Tauranga-based organisations that have come together to strengthen protection for our borders from invasive pests and diseases. The newly formed Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital...
Taking part in the Bay of Plenty collective to strengthen biosecurity fight
4 October 2018

KVH is one of 19 Tauranga-based organisations that have come together to strengthen protection for our borders from invasive pests and diseases. The newly formed Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) programme plans to increase awareness amongst the local population and advocate for better biosecurity.

TMBC is co-chaired by KVH Board member Graeme Marshall, who says the group is believed to be the first regional collective to form with a biosecurity focus, highlighting the fact that what’s at risk is how we live, how we work, and how we play, and we have a role in protecting that.

Stu Hutchings, KVH Chief Executive, says the Bay of Plenty has such a strong port and horticulture industry that a vigilant biosecurity network is vital. Stu adds that thinking back to the Psa days, it wasn’t just growers and orchards affected, it was also shops, schools, businesses and truckies. The whole community was affected.

The group’s formation comes as a national biosecurity campaign – Ko Tatou This Is Us – launches. TV ads started over the weekend (watch the brilliant new ad here), and a new website has been created to help encourage everyone to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, our outdoor environment, our biodiversity and the food we eat.  Read more about the Ko Tatou This Is Us concept and advertising, and TMBC, on the KVH website here.

Grower News
4 October 2018
Your free 2019 calendar
4 October 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars, pick one up at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day or send us...
Your free 2019 calendar
4 October 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars, pick one up at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day or send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

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