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KVH manages the wider biosecurity readiness, response and operational role on behalf of the kiwifruit industry. This role is about making sure we understand the high-risk pests and diseases that potentially threaten our industry, strengthening advocacy for better border biosecurity, working with government border agencies to keep these out and ensuring we are well prepared should they arrive. Image: Mediterranean fruit fly.

A focus of KVH's biosecurity role is to strengthen industry preparedness for future biosecurity incursions. This includes improving our understanding of high-risk pests and pathogens offshore, identifying and fulfilling research gaps and working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure adequate protection across our entry pathways.

KVH defined the wider biosecurity role and how the organisation approaches this in a presentation to the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) in 2013.

Proposed new Pathway Management Plan

KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. This is likely to be at no additional cost to growers from the current status. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as young plants, international visitors, and high-risk second hand or imported equipment.

The proposed Plan is equivalent to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose and makes sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

KVH proposes that the Plan will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g. controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits:

•    better protection
•    more value for money
•    increased simplicity around rules and regulations
•    right settings for early detection of new threats
•    consistent and pragmatic.

Feedback about the Plan can be provided to KVH by email at or by phone at 0800 665 825. Documents relating to the proposed Plan:

•    one page fact sheet summary
•    consultation paper
•    submission form 


A levy for biosecurity readiness and response activities and all related biosecurity activities of 0.6 cents per tray for all varieties came into effect on 6 March 2015. At the 2018 KVH AGM, grower members agreed to the levy being increased to a rate of 1.04 cents per tray. A copy of the levy is available here.

Biosecurity dashboard

The KVH Dashboard is produced to provide the industry with a view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond to these threats should they arrive. The Dashboard includes a summary of information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from latest risk reporting by MPI. The latest Dashboard is available here.

Biosecurity 2025

Biosecurity 2025 is a partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases. KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025 and actively took part in its development (including the formal Direction Statement) on behalf of both kiwifruit and kiwiberry industries, supported by Zespri, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated and New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated.

There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of the Biosecurity 2025 programme. Read more here.

You can also find more information about the Direction Statement and Biosecurity 2025 on the MPI website.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591