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23 March 2020
KVH temporary office closure
23 March 2020
KVH staff are working from home in response to the Government's efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19. KVH's priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our people and our communities. We have...
KVH temporary office closure
23 March 2020

KVH staff are working from home in response to the Government's efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19.

KVH's priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our people and our communities. We have the ability to continue to operate with staff working remotely and you can contact us at info@kvh.org.nz or by calling 0800 665 825. Here's how to contact each member of the team:

Management Team

Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive
027 478 7901
stu.hutchings@kvh.org.nz

Matt Dyck, Biosecurity Manager
027 838 7129
matt.dyck@kvh.org.nz


Jacqui Craig, Industry Relationships, Office Manager & Company Secretary
027 622 2717
jacqui.craig@kvh.org.nz


Biosecurity Team

Erin Lane, Biosecurity Advisor
027 277 0217
erin.lane@kvh.org.nz


Karyn Lowry, Monitoring & Investigation Advisor:
027 227 1157
karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz


Linda Peacock, Industry Liaison & Technical Specialist
027 475 2909
linda.peacock@kvh.org.nz

John Mather, Operations & Compliance Officer
027 838 8974
john.mather@kvh.org.nz

Industry Relationships Team

Lisa Gibbison, Communications Manager
022 025 4724
lisa.gibbison@kvh.org.nz

Monique Finlay, Administrative Coordinator
021 888 459
monique.finlay@kvh.org.nz

Biosecurity News
19 March 2020
Psa risk rises for some regions next week
19 March 2020
The Psa Risk Model currently predicts moderate Psa infection risk for next week in some regions including Kerikeri, Whangarei, Waikato, Katikati, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Wanganui. Parts of...
Psa risk rises for some regions next week
19 March 2020

The Psa Risk Model currently predicts moderate Psa infection risk for next week in some regions including Kerikeri, Whangarei, Waikato, Katikati, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Wanganui.

Parts of Nelson are also showing a three-day period of moderate risk early in the week.

This reflects increased Psa risk with the cooler autumn weather and increased likelihood of rain, and is a reminder to growers to keep watching the model and to consider their Psa management plans, particularly for recently harvested blocks and younger plantings.

Cold stress can lead to expression of symptoms and growers with young plantings or less tolerant varieties are recommended to complete a monitoring round if they are in higher risk locations – early this week a Kerikeri grower confirmed exudate and leaf spotting found through monitoring of their previously Psa Not Detected site. This follows a period of colder weather two weeks prior.

High winds and frost can also provide entry points for Psa. Growers with developing blocks exposed to the elements should consider dropping laterals and ensure good protective spray coverage is in place before rain.

For early harvest blocks apply copper to protect fruit stalks. Apply copper alone if there is any risk of drift and then plan to follow up with an Actigard spray when neighbouring blocks have been harvested. A reminder though to be cautious in applying Actigard to vines that have been severely stressed by drought – it is not recommended for vines showing signs of stress such as wilting, premature leaf yellowing or leaf drop.

Risk model image below from the Karapiro weather station, Waikato.


 

Grower News
19 March 2020
Coronavirus news page for the kiwifruit industry
19 March 2020
Resources and up-to-date information about Coronavirus are now available on the NZKGI website. The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and...
Coronavirus news page for the kiwifruit industry
19 March 2020

Resources and up-to-date information about Coronavirus are now available on the NZKGI website.

The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and resources on COVID-19 for all things kiwifruit related, such as information for backpackers, an overview of the governments financial package for packhouses, packhouse/contractors and orchard owners and employees, as well as information from Zespri on food safety.

Visit the page here and if you are also a Facebook user, we suggest following the new Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page launched by government to provide news and updates about the national programme to  help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Biosecurity News
19 March 2020
Fruit fly finds at the border
19 March 2020
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing.  Latest data from Biosecurity New Zealand includes recent border...
Fruit fly finds at the border
19 March 2020

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing. 

Latest data from Biosecurity New Zealand includes recent border detections of fruit fly larvae in mangoes and figs. You can read more in the March KVH risk update here.

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and report anything unusual to either KVH in 0800 665 825 or Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.
 

Grower News
19 March 2020
Psa Not Detected orchards and Red 19 license
19 March 2020
KVH has written about the Red 19 license release to orchards our records show are currently listed as Psa Not Detected. Although being Psa Not Detected provides the benefits of producing fruit in...
Psa Not Detected orchards and Red 19 license
19 March 2020

KVH has written about the Red 19 license release to orchards our records show are currently listed as Psa Not Detected.

Although being Psa Not Detected provides the benefits of producing fruit in a Psa free environment, if you received an email or letter from KVH and this status is incorrect it is important that you inform us before the upcoming licence release.

The licensed Red 19 budwood that is being supplied by Zespri this winter is from orchards recorded as having a status of Psa positive within the Recovery region. Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan, plant material cannot move from orchards that are Psa positive status to Not Detected status orchards. This means you will be unable to access Red 19 budwood from Zespri this year. From mid-2021 it may be possible to source material derived through the alternate tissue culture pathway and verified as Psa free. For more information on this pathway, please contact your Zespri Grower Liaison Manager on 0800 155 355 prior to tendering for the red.

If you have information that your orchard is Psa positive, we will require confirmation of this (in writing) from a professionally qualified person such as a Packhouse Psa Manager or Client Representative, or a Hill Labs test result. Please note that any Hill Labs Psa testing will be at your cost.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with KVH on 0800 665 825 or by email.

Grower News
19 March 2020
Gisborne region: change in northern boundary
19 March 2020
KVH has extended the boundary of the Gisborne region northward by 30kms to now include all plantable land at Tolaga Bay as there has been a recent greenfields development in the area. The status of...
Gisborne region: change in northern boundary
19 March 2020

KVH has extended the boundary of the Gisborne region northward by 30kms to now include all plantable land at Tolaga Bay as there has been a recent greenfields development in the area. The status of Gisborne as a KVH recovery region remains unchanged. 

A map of the adjusted Gisborne region can be viewed on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
19 March 2020
BMSB awareness campaign sets records
19 March 2020
In February the Biosecurity New Zealand pest hotline received 323 calls about Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) - easily a record for a single month, by about 50 calls. Everyone who calls the...
BMSB awareness campaign sets records
19 March 2020

In February the Biosecurity New Zealand pest hotline received 323 calls about Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) - easily a record for a single month, by about 50 calls.



Everyone who calls the hotline is asked where they heard of/how they knew about BMSB. For February, 90 of those calls were attributed to “a story on TV, online, or in print”. That is almost double the number attributed to the same reason during the entire last BMSB season!

Every season, members of the BMSB Council (a group of industry organisations that partner with Biosecurity New Zealand – through the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response – to improve New Zealand’s readiness for this high priority pest) come together to run a public awareness campaign to increase knowledge about the effects of BMSB and how to identify it.

The reason for such an increase in calls is attributed to one of the campaign’s big activities for the year - the BMSB stories organised with the Aotearoa Science Agency and which aired on Newshub over two nights in early February. The same content was also organised for articles and videos published by the NZ Herald, Stuff and Radio New Zealand.

The great figures for February, and the high numbers of engagement we’ve seen on some of our digital advertising channels this summer, has also meant we’ve overtaken the record number of calls for a campaign already (with a month to spare): 1,185 calls so far compared to 937 last season.

Reports of potential unwanted pests like BMSB are a good thing – it shows that people are on the lookout and aware of the need to report threats that could be significant risks. Growers, contractors, and anyone else on-orchard are the best people to spot anything unusual early on. Stay vigilant, be on the lookout, and report anything you notice to KVH on 0800 665 825 or call the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
19 March 2020
Continued biosecurity collaboration with the Port of Tauranga
19 March 2020
The KVH Board had a successful meeting with the Port of Tauranga this week. The Board acknowledged the proactive, collaborative approach of the Port community to raise awareness of biosecurity for...
Continued biosecurity collaboration with the Port of Tauranga
19 March 2020

The KVH Board had a successful meeting with the Port of Tauranga this week.

The Board acknowledged the proactive, collaborative approach of the Port community to raise awareness of biosecurity for employees and contractors who work at all Port sites.

This meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss the strategic directions of both KVH and the Port of Tauranga and the ability to work collaboratively together for better biosecurity for the Bay of Plenty region.

Grower News
19 March 2020
Bumblebox at Momentum
19 March 2020
Were you at the recent Zespri Momentum conference visiting the Plant & Food Research stall? The team there had a Bumblebox on display which generated a lot of discussion amongst growers. If you...
Bumblebox at Momentum
19 March 2020

Were you at the recent Zespri Momentum conference visiting the Plant & Food Research stall? The team there had a Bumblebox on display which generated a lot of discussion amongst growers. If you are interested in trialling it for pollination or raising bumble bees there is now a pamphlet available here with additional information and details about how to register. 

Biosecurity News
19 March 2020
In the news
19 March 2020
Parasitic wasps invited to BMSB buffet: The tiny Samurai Wasp seems to be making itself at home in the United States, wherever its host, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), has settled. Many...
In the news
19 March 2020

Parasitic wasps invited to BMSB buffet: The tiny Samurai Wasp seems to be making itself at home in the United States, wherever its host, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), has settled. Many states hope to boost the parasitoid wasp’s presence as a biocontrol by augmenting those wild populations with planned releases.

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Top tips for harvest hygiene
5 March 2020
Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements...
Top tips for harvest hygiene
5 March 2020

Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements involved.

Growers are responsible for protecting their orchards, and others, by ensuring the movement risk of harvest equipment, people and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised.

Top tips for harvest hygiene preparation are:

·         clear loadout areas of weeds before harvest

·         clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas

·         allow only essential vehicles into the production area

·         limit access to established roads and tracks

·         make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements

·         check all equipment (harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc) coming on to your orchard is free of plant and soil material

·         ensure people check that clothing, particularly headwear and footwear, is free of plant material and soil on entry and exit

·         do not allow workers to bring imported fruit onto the orchard.

With extra people through orchards more pairs of eyes can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests. Growers should communicate their requirements (as per their orchard biosecurity plan and guidelines booklet) to all coming onto their orchards. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
No new fruit flies found
5 March 2020
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing.  The good news is that new data from Biosecurity New Zealand shows no...
No new fruit flies found
5 March 2020

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing.  The good news is that new data from Biosecurity New Zealand shows no exotic fruit flies were found in January – read more in the latest of the monthly KVH risk updates here.

KVH has developed a helpful guide for growers detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region, to allow for business continuity planning at orchard level. The guide has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you would like a copy printed and sent to you.

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and report anything unusual to either KVH in 0800 665 825 or Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66. 

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz