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Grower News
13 December 2018
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January...
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018



With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

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 14 December and 7 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Company Notices
13 December 2018
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018
The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive...
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

 

Also, Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period. Read the note in this Bulletin for more information about exact dates.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
KiwiNet training builds industry preparedness
13 December 2018
Last week KVH facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 40 participants from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The workshop was run...
KiwiNet training builds industry preparedness
13 December 2018

Last week KVH facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 40 participants from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The workshop was run with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and focussed on increasing understanding of how biosecurity responses are run. The day started with a rundown of recent MPI responses and the national biosecurity network, showcased with first-hand fruit fly stories and images from incursions over recent years.


MPI’s guest presenters Andrew Sander and Gabrielle Duggan then introduced the framework used by the Ministry (and other agencies such as Civil Defence and NZ Police) when initiating a response to a biosecurity incursion. The Coordinated Incident Management System, or CIMS as it is commonly known, is a framework of team structures, functions, processes, and terminology that is applied to biosecurity/emergency responses.



During the session, KiwiNet members split into groups and used the CIMS model to manage simulated responses to a fake Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion on a vineyard, near several other orchards, in a small urban area. Group members learnt how teams are put together in a response, how they work together day-to-day and what the specific roles and responsibilities of different teams are. Groups also had to work through the differences between being on-site in a response versus assisting MPI in Wellington’s head office.

From here, KiwiNet members and KVH will work with MPI on further response training opportunities.

KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network here or in the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
KVH sponsors award winner
13 December 2018
KVH has sponsored one of the prizes in biosecurity for the Year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. The aim of this prize is to encourage students to...
KVH sponsors award winner
13 December 2018

KVH has sponsored one of the prizes in biosecurity for the Year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

The aim of this prize is to encourage students to take up post graduate research in biosecurity related projects.



The prize was awarded to Rebecca Gough (in the middle in the image above) by Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the School of Biological Sciences Plant and Food Joint Graduate School.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Heat on for Japanese vehicles
13 December 2018
Over recent weeks officials and industry have completed putting in systems in place to allow offshore treatment of used Japanese vehicles and machinery before it heads to New Zealand. The treatment...
Heat on for Japanese vehicles
13 December 2018

Over recent weeks officials and industry have completed putting in systems in place to allow offshore treatment of used Japanese vehicles and machinery before it heads to New Zealand. The treatment is a requirement under new rules to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from hitchhiking to New Zealand. They follow a spate of detections on car carriers arriving from Japan earlier this year.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says all three approved inspection operations in Japan have constructed heat treatment chambers at their various yards. The facilities vary in nature, but all have demonstrated they can reach the MPI-approved treatment rate and have appropriate temperature recording systems if records are requested for any treated vehicle. Each of the system operators has had to undergo a rigorous approval process, involving physical inspection and verification by MPI officers in Japan.

There have also been developments with how the biosecurity risk of new vehicles and machinery from Japan is reduced. MPI recently had staff there for six weeks assessing and approving supply chain processes designed by manufacturers to avoid the need for offshore treatment. These processes involve having strict controls in place to reduce the risk of contamination during manufacturing, storage and transport.

All new vehicles and machinery manufacturers now have MPI approved processes in place. This approval can be revoked, which would force the manufacturer in question to treat their product in the same manner as used vehicles.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Trials at the border improve biosecurity
13 December 2018
There are several projects underway at Auckland Airport aimed at raising awareness and improving biosecurity behaviour, including: New x-ray screening technology: an x-ray unit will be trialled...
Trials at the border improve biosecurity
13 December 2018

There are several projects underway at Auckland Airport aimed at raising awareness and improving biosecurity behaviour, including:

New x-ray screening technology: an x-ray unit will be trialled later this month that uses new technology to screen luggage before arriving passengers pick up their bags.  The idea is to identify risk items and bags of interest before passengers reach biosecurity lanes, so quarantine officers have the information they need before they interact with passengers, allowing them to make better risk assessment decisions. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are developing software that will allow the technology to automatically detect risk goods such as stink bugs.

First encounters: quarantine officers have started meeting flights from known stink bug hot spots like Chile to hand out fliers and ensure passengers know to ring the pest and disease hotline if they find any bugs in their luggage. MPI had 20 calls about suspected sightings in October from passengers who said they saw information about stink bugs at the airport.

Clearing huge hauls of food: there’s a project underway to test a new way of clearing air passengers who arrive with large volumes of imported food. Quarantine officers spend an inordinate amount of time inspecting these parcels so MPI, NZ Customs, Auckland Airport and airline representatives are working on a trial that will divert some imported food during peak times, allowing inspection during quieter periods. It may mean passengers have to return to the airport to pick up their food, but it allows for much more considered inspection of risk goods.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). It was only a couple of weekends ago that
26 of the bugs were discovered in a box of imported shoes, bought by an eBay customer in Oamaru – proving how real the threat is.

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it.  Watch and share the short video below about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.




Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling overseas over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels. KVH has put together a useful fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018
A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or...
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018

A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or more, Psa infection risk falls away but, in the meantime, growers should use the model to assist with planning spray and orchard activities.

Psa Risk Model graph showing upcoming risk based on data from the Katikati weather station

Additional features have recently been added to the model display to help interpretation, including a Graphs Guide (in the list to the right of the options box) that covers the basics of graph features and plots to assist users. A Wet Hours column has also been added to the data table to help provide some insight into the possible reason for days with low-risk (R index).

Please note that we have been advised access to the Waihi weather station has been temporarily disabled while data access issues are improved. We apologise for this inconvenience which we hope will be resolved in the New Year.

Company Notices
13 December 2018
Listen to the latest news
13 December 2018
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
13 December 2018

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We’ll also podcast breaking announcements and updates, such as the recent fight against stink bugs on cargo ships in Auckland.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018
Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if...
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018

Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if risk is high, continue to apply copper at summer rates after fruit set. Ideally apply copper following canopy work such as male pruning rounds. Similarly, extra care with tool hygiene should be observed.

When applying coppers, for crop safety, maintain a five to seven-day gap between copper and foliar sprays, and do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions or high humidity. Check the pH of the spray mix and use buffers to adjust this as necessary. For example, Kocide Opti should not be applied at less than pH 6.5 as this may lead to fruit marking. Apply products on their own, rather than tank mixed with other products as this further reduces risk of leaf or fruit damage.

Take care with the timing of copper sprays applied after fruit set. The recommendation is to avoid spraying through skin sensitive periods.  For Gold, skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set. The risk of fruit marking becomes higher between 28 and 42 days after fruit set, then risk lessens but still continues from 42 until 80 days after fruit set. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. To avoid mistakes, note fruit set dates and safe spray periods on your calendar as an easy reference.

Company Notices
12 December 2018
Biosecurity 2025
12 December 2018
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
12 December 2018

Biosecurity 2025 is a national 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. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that sit under and are a part of this national strategy.

Ko Tatou - This Is us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat. Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more.

 

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tatou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018
From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand...
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018

From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand to risk from harmful diseases and pests. The new offences will introduce fines of $400 for individuals and $800 for other entities, such as companies, for low-level offending that is not significant enough to warrant prosecution.

The infringements will send a strong message about the importance of biosecurity and will deter people and organisations from breaking the rules. They are another measure that adds further protection to our border.

Read more about the changes on the Ministry for Primary Industries website here.

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New Zealand

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