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15 April 2021
New Chief Executive announced
15 April 2021
We were delighted to announce earlier this week that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as KVH’s new Chief Executive. Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in...
New Chief Executive announced
15 April 2021

We were delighted to announce earlier this week that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as KVH’s new Chief Executive.

Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, having worked in plant health for government, international and industry organisations.

In her most recent role at Horticulture New Zealand, she has been responsible for the biosecurity, food safety and regulatory portfolios and has strong collaborative relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other primary industry groups.

Leanne is excited to be joining the team, particularly because the organisation works so closely with kiwifruit growers every day and has such great support.

“I know that growers care about the success of the industry and want to be involved in biosecurity – that is special, and I look forward to being part of it.”

Read more about Leanne, who will join KVH from Monday 31 May, in the full announcement here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan update: submission to parliamentary process
15 April 2021
KVH has published online and emailed to growers information about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and the intention to submit the finalised proposal to Government late next week.  We...
Proposed Pathway Plan update: submission to parliamentary process
15 April 2021

KVH has published online and emailed to growers information about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and the intention to submit the finalised proposal to Government late next week. 

We recieved some really useful feedback on the Plan during the consultation phases in 2019 and 2020, which has resulted in changes and a refined proposal that is a robust plan for the management of biosecurity risk while also being pragmatic and practical. The plan has been made available to demonstrate that these changes have been made and are reflected in the final document.

The Plan is expected to be submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Minister for Biosecurity next Thursday 22 April 2021. The extensive formal proposal document is available for your review here or on the KVH website here. A shorter summary of the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and the changes that were made as a result is available here or on the KVH website here.

To summarise the important points to note about how the proposed Pathway Plan would be funded:

  • The Pathway Plan will be funded by a levy that will replace the existing levy for the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), which will end in May 2023.
  • This means that KVH would effectively swap the NPMP levy for that of the Pathway Plan and intends to keep KVH’s total levy collection from growers (including the current Biosecurity levy) fiscally neutral and within the current total of $0.016 per tray of kiwifruit i.e., 1.6c per tray.

For most growers we have spoken to, the key point is that KVH’s total levy collection will not increase, however more detail on the new Pathway Plan levy is provided below:

  • The Pathway Plan levy will have an initial rate of 0.4c per tray and a maximum rate of 0.7c per tray.
  • It is expected that in most years the costs of administering the plan will be funded at 0.6c, however a lower levy can be used in year one of the Pathway Plan (2022/23). This is because the NPMP doesn’t expire until 2023 there will be a one-year overlap with the Pathway Plan for the 2022/23 year (from 1 April 2022). During this time the NPMP levy will be set at zero but there are remaining reserves which can only be used for the purpose for which they were raised – which is the NPMP.
  • Also, there are efficiencies between the NPMP and administering the Pathway Plan, which allows a lower rate of 0.4c per tray in 2022/23. However, in years subsequent when there are no efficiencies the rate is budgeted to be 0.6c per tray, based on current forecasts.
  • The maximum rate means that KVH is not allowed to increase the Pathway Plan levy beyond 0.7c per tray of kiwifruit.
  • KVH will continue to propose levy rates annually at each AGM, for both the Pathway Plan levy and Biosecurity levy.

If you have any questions at all you can get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz. Please let us know if you would like us to print and send to you any proposed Pathway Plan documents.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
15 April 2021
A new Snapshot podcast is out now, featuring a chat with Stu Hutchings, in his final days as Chief Executive at KVH. Stu started his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer this...
Listen to the latest news
15 April 2021

A new Snapshot podcast is out now, featuring a chat with Stu Hutchings, in his final days as Chief Executive at KVH. Stu started his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer this week.

Stu discusses the role, how his experience in the kiwifruit and animal health industries will help him look into New Zealand’s biosecurity systems, and how important it is for industry groups like KVH to continue to work alongside both growers and central government to ensure biosecurity preparedness. 

The Snapshot podcasts are free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
High-risk pests kept away
15 April 2021
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests. The latest updates for each...
High-risk pests kept away
15 April 2021

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests.

The latest updates for each are now available on the KVH website, showing that since the start of the high-risk season in September:

  • there have been 47 live BMSB finds, compared to 57 at the same point in the previous season
  • there have been no finds of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)
  • there has been one detection of another type of fruit fly – the Pacific Fruit Fly - which was found on the freight pathway, in watermelon from Tonga, last October.

The BMSB and fruit fly risk updates produced by KVH each month include data about any detections, explain the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage the risk these threats pose, and our preparedness in case they get here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Use stock feed but stop the spread of wild kiwifruit
15 April 2021
The time of year is approaching where there is a surplus of kiwifruit that can be used as a stock feed. Kiwifruit is a good quality feed commonly used as dry cow feed and Dairy NZ has recently...
Use stock feed but stop the spread of wild kiwifruit
15 April 2021

The time of year is approaching where there is a surplus of kiwifruit that can be used as a stock feed.

Kiwifruit is a good quality feed commonly used as dry cow feed and Dairy NZ has recently provided advice to Bay of Plenty farms about how to stockpile fruit and use it for best cow health.

KVH is supportive of reject fruit being used as stock feed (although processing is our first preference), but it must be managed using best practice:

  • Ensure piles of reject fruit are covered to prevent birds mass feeding on any softened fruit. 
  • Material such as Sarlon wind mesh (image on the right) is ideal as it allows the pile to breathe but excludes the birds.  

The reason for excluding birds is to reduce the amount of wild kiwifruit establishing, through the spread of bird-borne seed.  It’s mostly waxeyes, sparrows and black birds that feed on softened fruit. 

Destroying wild kiwifruit vines is now one of New Zealand’s biggest weed control programmes. Working in partnership, the programme cost the kiwifruit industry, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and contributing landowners about $450,000 in the year 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 and late last year saw the signing of a new agreement to ensure the work continues over the next 10 years. 

Read more about the programme, and how to prevent wild kiwifruit establishing, on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021
KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey. We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay...
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021

KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey.

We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, and from Otorohonga to Pukemoremore in the Waikato) sampled this autumn.

The next sample round will be in spring, with focus shifting to the South Island growing region, and north to Auckland, Whangarei and Kerikeri.

This work is an important part of how we prepare for threats we don’t already have here, so that we can respond quickly and effectively to any new detections. Invasive Phytophthora are one of our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted, based on the likelihood of them entering and establishing in New Zealand, and the potential production impacts should this occur.

If you have vines with known or suspected Phytophthora symptoms – in any growing region – and want to talk about being included in the project, please get in touch by emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

This is a joint industry project between KVH, Zespri, Plant & Food Research, and Biosecurity New Zealand.

R&D News
15 April 2021
Research supports use of Actigard post-harvest
15 April 2021
A joint research project involving Zespri/KVH, Plant & Food Research and Syngenta, has shown that kiwifruit vines are responsive to post-harvest applications of Actigard. Genes that are...
Research supports use of Actigard post-harvest
15 April 2021

A joint research project involving Zespri/KVH, Plant & Food Research and Syngenta, has shown that kiwifruit vines are responsive to post-harvest applications of Actigard.

Genes that are understood to activate the vine’s natural defence were “switched on” soon after application, for both early and late harvest Hayward vines, with response patterns similar for both sites. This suggests treatment date did not impact the post-harvest Actigard response.

The effect was similar to that seen for spring applications, with gene up-regulation highest after six days, confirming it takes five to seven days to fully activate the natural plant response after a post-harvest application of Actigard.

Work on Gold3 will be undertaken this autumn to add further knowledge. Evidence of a carry-over response into the following spring, was also investigated in the research trial, but results were not conclusive. Further work to answer this question is included in this year’s trials.

The full report is available on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021
Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana...
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021

Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana don’t forget about the interactive and fun pest hunts underway.

There are hunts in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, and Papamoa. Complete the hunt closest to where you live or do all three. There are six invasive insects, animals, weeds, and diseases ‘hiding’ throughout each location that you catch using any smartphone and the free Actionbound geocaching app.

Each completed hunt goes into the draw to win from a $2500 prize pool supporting our local tourism and hospitality businesses.

Details and step-by-step guides for playing are available at www.greathunt.co.nz. Good luck!

The hunt has been put together by the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative, of which KVH is an active member, raising biosecurity awareness throughout the community and local schools as an extra layer of protection for our industry and orchards.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021
With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations. By privately connecting...
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021

With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations.

By privately connecting a weather station to the portal, the data from that station becomes available for use in the various tools, like the Psa-V risk model or chill unit calculator.

This has the potential to localise the output to specific orchards and make the service available to new locations outside the current coverage areas. 

There is still more work to do in this space, however we are looking to better understand the range of equipment and are calling out to growers interested in this functionality. If you haven't registered your interest already, please contact info@kvh.org.nz and we’ll be in touch.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Fun Fact
15 April 2021
Ever wondered exactly what Quarantine Officers and specially trained Detector Dogs do at the front line to check ships and containers for unwanted threats? Watch a short video and meet some of the...
Fun Fact
15 April 2021

Ever wondered exactly what Quarantine Officers and specially trained Detector Dogs do at the front line to check ships and containers for unwanted threats?

Watch a short video and meet some of the team from Biosecurity New Zealand (including the four-legged kind). Georgie features – she is in the photo above using her nose to indicate exactly where on an imported vehicle she’s smelt a BMSB. She was the first of four Detector Dogs to be trained to sniff out BMSB, one of whom  was used in our region a couple of Christmases ago as part of inspections when a single male bug was found in a Mount Maunganui home.

If you ever think you might have spotted a BMSB, or any other unusual pest, catch it, snap it, and report it through to the hotline on 0800 80 99 66 or get in touch with KVH on 0800 665 825.

Media Releases
12 April 2021
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
12 April 2021
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says Leanne brings to...
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
12 April 2021

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive.

KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, having worked in plant health for government, international and industry organisations.

“In her most recent role at Horticulture New Zealand, Leanne has been responsible for the biosecurity, food safety and regulatory portfolios and has strong collaborative relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other primary industry groups.”

“We’re excited to have Leanne join us. She will be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry and the KVH team, as we continue the important work of stopping unwanted pests and diseases impacting on our orchards, businesses, and communities.”

Leanne says she is looking forward to joining what she sees as a leading and proactive biosecurity organisation.

“KVH is at the forefront of biosecurity innovation and creative new ways of working - from research and development, to lifting awareness and best practice with growers and the wider community, to the development of the proposed new way of managing risk pathways across the industry.”

“I find that incredibly exciting, particularly because the organisation works so closely with kiwifruit growers every day and has such great support. I know that growers care about the success of the industry and want to be involved in biosecurity – that is special, and I look forward to being part of it too.”

Currently the Deputy Chief Executive at Horticulture New Zealand and General Manager Process Vegetables New Zealand, Leanne has had previous roles in MPI working in the import regulatory space and the International Plant Protection Convention in Rome, where she reviewed global implementation of the international agreement and standards.

Leanne starts at KVH on Monday 31 May. She replaces Stu Hutchings, who announced in January that he would be leaving KVH to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer.

Company Notices
8 April 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021
During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal...
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021

During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal and what the new Plan will mean for growers and others who work on or visit kiwifruit orchards.

These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phase) however they remain available to reference below. If you would like us to print and send you copies of any of this material, or if you would like to discuss any items, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Current reference material and latest updates about the progress of the proposal are available here.

Previous reference material

Specific information of interest from the consultation phase

Roadshows and meetings

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz