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Company Notices
22 July 2021
KVH AGM coming soon
22 July 2021
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is now only a few weeks away and will take place Wednesday 18 August 2021, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. The meeting starts at 9am and will include...
KVH AGM coming soon
22 July 2021

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is now only a few weeks away and will take place Wednesday 18 August 2021, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

The meeting starts at 9am and will include guest speaker Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness. Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for 11 years running and Ian will talk further about this, the importance of biosecurity to industry leaders, and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for the sector.

Growers will receive their AGM packs by email shortly (or post if email is not available). This will include the Chairman’s Report, 2020 KVH audited financial statements, the proposed budget for the 2022/23 financial year, and voting information.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Where: Trustpower Arena
When: Wednesday 18 August 2021, 9.00am

Company Notices
22 July 2021
New Annual Update out now
22 July 2021
The KVH Annual Update 2020/21 has been published. The booklet details KVH’s key activities over the last 12 months, including research and readiness activities in preparation for some of the...
New Annual Update out now
22 July 2021

The KVH Annual Update 2020/21 has been published.

The booklet details KVH’s key activities over the last 12 months, including research and readiness activities in preparation for some of the biggest threats to kiwifruit, and the work we do to increase awareness and commitment to biosecurity.

Growers have told us that they are interested in knowing more about what we do across the biosecurity system so this year we have focused our stories on the integrated layers of pre-border, border, and post-border, to highlight our work within New Zealand and internationally, and how these all connect with each other to improve biosecurity resilience for growers and industry businesses.

Our proposed new National Pathway Management Plan for better managing risk is a post-border case study as a reminder of the importance of ongoing best practice, industry-wide traceability, and record-keeping systems.

There are also interesting articles about events around our 10-year anniversary of the Psa response and Ko Tātou This Is Us initiatives across community groups in growing regions.

You can read the update here or email us for a posted copy. We’ll also have copies at the upcoming AGM.

Company Notices
22 July 2021
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
22 July 2021
Tuesday 13 July – Thursday 15 July: KVH Chief Executive post-harvest visits Thursday 15 July: Joint New Zealand Australia Fruit Fly Council meeting Monday 19 July: KVH Board meeting...
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
22 July 2021

Tuesday 13 July – Thursday 15 July: KVH Chief Executive post-harvest visits

Thursday 15 July: Joint New Zealand Australia Fruit Fly Council meeting

Monday 19 July:
KVH Board meeting

Thursday 22 July: Australian biosecurity webinar series on a shared approach of delivering a future biosecurity system

Thursday 22 July: Bay of Plenty Young Grower competition, including biosecurity round, and gala

Biosecurity News
22 July 2021
Last call for biosecurity champions
22 July 2021
Entries are open another week for the 2021 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The Awards acknowledge businesses, organisations, community groups, kura/schools, individuals, and anyone contributing to...
Last call for biosecurity champions
22 July 2021

Entries are open another week for the 2021 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

The Awards acknowledge businesses, organisations, community groups, kura/schools, individuals, and anyone contributing to biosecurity in Aotearoa.

If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it's time to shine a light on their achievements. Find out more about the different categories and how to enter here.

The kiwifruit industry has had a strong presence at the Awards every year, winning for our overall industry commitment to biosecurity as well our special initiatives. We look forward to this continuing and if you think you might have a nomination in mind, we’d be more than happy to help you with your entry – don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@kvh.org.nz or phone the office on 0800 665 825. 

Entries close the end of next week, Saturday 31 July 2021.

Biosecurity News
22 July 2021
Spotted Lanternfly workshops start next week
22 July 2021
From next week Plant & Food Research, in association with industry groups including KVH, are running workshops on preparedness for the potential arrival of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in New...
Spotted Lanternfly workshops start next week
22 July 2021

From next week Plant & Food Research, in association with industry groups including KVH, are running workshops on preparedness for the potential arrival of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in New Zealand.

SLF is a serious invasive pest, feeding on over 80 different plant species including kiwifruit and is one of our most unwanted threats.

The workshops will be based around a webinar and discussion on SLF impacts and management with Julie Urban from Pennsylvania State University, where you will also learn more about how you could stop this pest from establishing if it happened to arrive in New Zealand.

The first workshop is in Te Puke next Wednesday 28 July, followed by Hawke’s Bay, Motueka, Blenheim, and Clyde. Times and venue information for each is available here.

It isn’t too late if you would like to attend any of the workshops. Please RSVP to info@kvh.org.nz letting us know which one you’ll come along to and how many are in your group.

Biosecurity News
22 July 2021
Fun Fact
22 July 2021
Snakes sometimes sneak in …… It was in the news recently that Rangiora New World workers had spotted a dead snake while unpacking a box of bananas from Ecuador. A snake specialist...
Fun Fact
22 July 2021

Snakes sometimes sneak in ……

It was in the news recently that Rangiora New World workers had spotted a dead snake while unpacking a box of bananas from Ecuador.

A snake specialist identified the 20-centimetre snake as a juvenile Leptodeira ornata, also known as an ornate cat-eyed snake, that's found in South America. It isn’t known to be dangerous to humans.

Over the past 10 years there have been 59 snakes found in New Zealand, 29 of those at the border, and only seven of them were still alive. Of the 30 others that made it into the country, just five were alive. These snakes normally aren't venomous and mostly arrive dead due to the treatment of imported cargo.

The threat of snakes establishing in New Zealand is taken very seriously. This is why we have a multi-layered biosecurity system that involves strict import requirements, checks at the border and surveillance. It is also why Biosecurity New Zealand has trained personnel to handle detections safely and effectively.

Yet another reminder to be sure you have the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline number handy and pre-programmed into your phone. If you’re ever surprised by a snake (gulp!) – or any other unusual pest or disease – be sure to report it immediately to 0800 80 99 66. 

Image: Supplied by Biosecurity New Zealand.  

Biosecurity News
22 July 2021
Biosecurity Week - save the dates
22 July 2021
Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated during Biosecurity Week from Monday 30 August 2021. This week, run by Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), is all about highlighting the...
Biosecurity Week - save the dates
22 July 2021

Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated during Biosecurity Week from Monday 30 August 2021.

This week, run by Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), is all about highlighting the importance of protecting what we love about Tauranga Moana and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work that's being undertaken across the region. 

There will be industry events (including a KVH/Zespri grower day on Thursday 2 September), Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Tuesday 31 August, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium, which you can read more about and register for here.

There’ll be more information to come over the coming weeks, particularly about the kiwifruit grower day. If you were unable attend last year you can read all about the event here or browse videos from the day on the KVH YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
22 July 2021
KVH presenting at national stink bug meeting
22 July 2021
There’s a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Symposium coming up, and it is open to anyone interested in attending. Taking place Monday 9 August in Napier, the event is a great opportunity to...
KVH presenting at national stink bug meeting
22 July 2021

There’s a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Symposium coming up, and it is open to anyone interested in attending.

Taking place Monday 9 August in Napier, the event is a great opportunity to bring together and connect those interested in BMSB research, share ideas, and ultimately help to better prepare New Zealand for this unwanted pest.

KVH and Zespri will be presenting on the day with a focus on the BMSB research undertaken through the Innovation Research Portfolio and our experiences of BMSB in kiwifruit in the northern hemisphere.

There will also be international updates from leading researchers in Italy and the USA, both countries heavily affected by the impacts of BMSB.

For more information about registering and the full agenda, see here. If you’re unable to attend this event but are interested in the presentations, be sure to come along to our Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day during Biosecurity Week (Thursday 2 September) as we will include an update from the Symposium there.

Company Notices
8 July 2021
KVH director nominations
8 July 2021
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as David Tanner’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  David will be re-standing for...
KVH director nominations
8 July 2021

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as David Tanner’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  David will be re-standing for this vacancy.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH along with a list of all interests in the kiwifruit industry by 5pm Friday 16 July 2021.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

Company Notices
8 July 2021
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
8 July 2021
Monday 28 June: EastPack field day Wednesday 30 June: Trevelyan's field day Thursday 1 July: Fruition training day biosecurity module session Thursday 1 July: Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital...
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
8 July 2021

Monday 28 June: EastPack field day

Wednesday 30 June: Trevelyan's field day

Thursday 1 July: Fruition training day biosecurity module session

Thursday 1 July: Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Leadership Team meeting

Monday 5 July: Industry Advsory Council (IAC) meeting

Tuesday 6 July: Biosecurity Business Pledge steering group meeting

Biosecurity News
8 July 2021
Updated Weather & Disease Portal is now live
8 July 2021
Since the start of April, growers have been able to opt-in and trial a newer version of the Weather & Disease Portal. The trial has gone really well, and the new version is now live for all to...
Updated Weather & Disease Portal is now live
8 July 2021

Since the start of April, growers have been able to opt-in and trial a newer version of the Weather & Disease Portal.

The trial has gone really well, and the new version is now live for all to use, making it easier than ever to see and assess weather patterns across orchards.

The Portal is an important and useful digital decision tool used daily across the kiwifruit industry. It is the central point of access for the Psa Risk Model, chill units, and latest weather forecasts across all major growing areas. This update builds on this existing functionality to introduce an advanced IBM Weather Company Forecast that will enable more locations as well as:

·      latest weather readings, evapotranspiration (ET), and rainfall budgets on the Dashboard;

·      bee foraging risk conditions;

·      improved mobile and desktop user experience and graph views.

You need to log-in to access the portal which you can do here. If you don’t have a log-in, register for access here or contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
8 July 2021
Your invite to learn more about Spotted Lanternfly
8 July 2021
Plant & Food Research, in association with industry groups including KVH, has organised workshops on preparedness for the potential arrival of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in New Zealand. SLF is a...
Your invite to learn more about Spotted Lanternfly
8 July 2021

Plant & Food Research, in association with industry groups including KVH, has organised workshops on preparedness for the potential arrival of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in New Zealand.

SLF is a serious invasive pest, feeding on over 80 different plant species including kiwifruit and is one of our most unwanted threats.

The workshops will be based around a webinar and discussion on SLF impacts and management with Julie Urban from Pennsylvania State University, where you will also learn more about how you could stop this pest from establishing if it happened to arrive in New Zealand.

The first workshop is in Te Puke Wednesday 28 July, followed by Hawke’s Bay, Motueka, Blenheim, and Clyde. Times and venue information for each is available here.

If you would like to attend any of the workshops, please RSVP to info@kvh.org.nz letting us know which one you’ll come along to and how many are in your group.

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25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz