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Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Import suspension manages fruit fly risk
24 June 2021
Effective immediately, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has suspended imports of lychee and mango from Taiwan, after fruit fly larvae were found on fresh fruit at the border. Late last week...
Import suspension manages fruit fly risk
24 June 2021

Effective immediately, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has suspended imports of lychee and mango from Taiwan, after fruit fly larvae were found on fresh fruit at the border.

Late last week (Friday 18 June) five larvae were detected on a consignment of vapour heat-treated (VHT) lychees from Taiwan and formally identified as Oriental Fruit Fly – a species of serious threat to the kiwifruit industry and many others across horticulture.

Consequently, MPI has immediately suspended imports of VHT lychees and mangos from Taiwan. Until the suspension is lifted, all consignments of lychees and mangos from Taiwan arriving at New Zealand’s border will be held with the option of destruction or re-shipment.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Puketapu weather station back online soon
24 June 2021
The Puketapu weather station in the Hawke’s Bay is temporarily unavailable to allow an upgrade and full service of the station. This work will be undertaken as soon as possible, and once...
Puketapu weather station back online soon
24 June 2021

The Puketapu weather station in the Hawke’s Bay is temporarily unavailable to allow an upgrade and full service of the station.

This work will be undertaken as soon as possible, and once complete data will be reloaded to the MetWatch platform.

We apologise for the temporary interruption of service and expect the station to be back within the next fortnight. 

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
24 June 2021
Friday 11 June: Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga partners meeting Friday 11 June: KVH/Biosecurity New Zealand relationship meeting Tuesday 15 June: Lepidoptera Working Group...
Recent meetings and events KVH staff have attended
24 June 2021

Friday 11 June: Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga partners meeting

Friday 11 June: KVH/Biosecurity New Zealand relationship meeting

Tuesday 15 June: Lepidoptera Working Group meeting

Tuesday 15 June: GIA Fruit Fly Council meeting

Wednesday 16 June: GIA Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council meeting

Wednesday 16 June - Friday 18 June: National Fieldays at Mystery Creek

Monday 21 June: KVH Board meeting

Thursday 24 June: Biosecurity Business Pledge members webinar presentations

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Your invite to learn more about Spotted Lanternfly
24 June 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
24 June 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.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Fun Fact
24 June 2021
We’re out of the high-risk season for stink bugs likely reaching our shores which means it’s the time of year where if they were in New Zealand, they could be over-wintering in our nice,...
Fun Fact
24 June 2021

We’re out of the high-risk season for stink bugs likely reaching our shores which means it’s the time of year where if they were in New Zealand, they could be over-wintering in our nice, warm, homes …

A fact out of the USA about these pesky pests: a group of 25,000 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) invading your home (which isn’t an uncommon amount) could produce a summer population of almost three million in the immediate vicinity of your property. Yuck!

The BMSB isn’t in New Zealand yet and we want to keep it that way. If you spot anything unusual, don’t squish it. Catch it, take a photo and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Visit the BMSB page of the KVH webiste for more information, including videos.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Come along to the big biosecurity symposium
24 June 2021
You’re invited to join the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital’s fourth annual symposium - the initiative’s biggest event of the year - showcasing biosecurity in action. Presenting...
Come along to the big biosecurity symposium
24 June 2021

You’re invited to join the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital’s fourth annual symposium - the initiative’s biggest event of the year - showcasing biosecurity in action.

Presenting at the event will be committed biosecurity doers and thinkers who are sparking action through technology, science, education, and collaboration across the country towards biosecurity excellence – including many from KVH and the kiwifruit industry who are active members of TMBC. 

The day includes tea, coffee, snacks on arrival, and a networking lunch. There is no cost to attend.

More information about the programme will be available soon. Secure your place by registering early.

Where: Trustpower Arena
When: Tuesday 31 August 2021, 8.30am – 4.00pm
RSVP:
info@tmbiosecurity.co.nz

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Grafting? Protect your investment
24 June 2021
A reminder to all growers considering grafting this winter to protect their orchard investments by following biosecurity protocols. These apply whether grafting one plant, one hectare or a whole new...
Grafting? Protect your investment
24 June 2021

A reminder to all growers considering grafting this winter to protect their orchard investments by following biosecurity protocols. These apply whether grafting one plant, one hectare or a whole new development block. 

  • Select budwood from within your own orchard or if this is not possible, source from a budwood supplier who is registered with KVH.
     
  • KPINs supplying budwood off their orchard must register annually with KVH and complete a simple budwood risk management plan.
     
  • Budwood cannot move from a Psa positive orchard to a Not Detected orchard.
     
  • Budwood can be moved between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region. Contact KVH for all other movements – permissions may be required.
     
  • Traceability of plant material is important. Keep records of budwood source and where budwood is used. An orchard map is a good way of plotting this and meeting GAP requirements.
     
  • Tool hygiene when grafting is important to avoid spreading infection between plants, blocks and orchards. Sanitise all tools coming on to the orchard, using effective and recommended sanitisers and clean tools at least between rows and at breaks. 
     
  • All other distributors of budwood, such as pack-houses and grafters should check their requirements with KVH. Email info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.
Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
24 June 2021
Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the 11th consecutive year. KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot said...
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
24 June 2021

Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the 11th consecutive year.

KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot said primary sector leaders have input into the report and in a year where the world has been dealing with what is, hopefully, a once in a generation zoonotic pandemic it is no surprise that biosecurity retained its number one rank.

Leaders also commented on the importance of a well-functioning biosecurity system to ongoing primary industry growth, particularly that our system, while focusing on keeping pests and diseases out, needs to be sufficiently flexible to allow products into the country that will safeguard our competitiveness.

Another interesting point raised by leaders and noted by KPMG is that climate change will make us more exposed to new pests and diseases arriving at our border and we need to ensure our biosecurity perspective focuses well beyond our border and gives us a clearer view of what potential risks may come our way, as well as the tools available to detect and manage these exposures.  There will be more about the work KVH does in this space (alongside our government and international partners we’ve developed relationships with over the years) in the upcoming KVH Annual Update.

The 2021 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda can be read here (the priorities list and biosecurity discussion starts on page 17) and will be discussed in more detail during Ian’s presentation at the KVH AGM in August.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Psa status
24 June 2021
In preparation for grafting season, KVH gets lots of queries around Psa status of orchards. Plant material cannot be moved from a Psa positive to a Not Detected orchard. If a KPIN has not had a...
Psa status
24 June 2021

In preparation for grafting season, KVH gets lots of queries around Psa status of orchards.

Plant material cannot be moved from a Psa positive to a Not Detected orchard.

If a KPIN has not had a positive test result or KVH has not been contacted with confirmed Psa positive symptoms on the orchard, then that KPIN will be recorded as Not Detected in the KVH database.

If you are unsure of the Psa status of your orchard or need to update the status to Psa positive because you have seen Psa symptoms, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Tougher stink bug measures
24 June 2021
In the wake of another successful stink bug season, enhancements to import rules are being considered that will make it harder for the invasive pest to establish in New Zealand. Under proposed...
Tougher stink bug measures
24 June 2021

In the wake of another successful stink bug season, enhancements to import rules are being considered that will make it harder for the invasive pest to establish in New Zealand.

Under proposed changes to the Biosecurity New Zealand import health standard for vehicles, machinery and parts, Poland will be added to the list of 37 risk countries. This will mean vehicle imports from Poland will need to undergo treatment or other approved measures before arriving in New Zealand. Poland is on the list because it is close to other European countries with established Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) populations. It also has a favourable climate for the bug.

Other proposed changes to the import health standard include:

  • Applying the management measures to all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, quad bikes, and side-by-side racers. These vehicles are currently excluded from the measures but are now believed to be potential hiding places for BMSB hitchhikers.
     
  • Excluding inflatable boats from the management requirements. These goods are generally imported deflated and packaged in a manner that greatly reduces the chance of stink bug contamination.

The proposed changes also clarify rules for vehicles, machinery or parts arriving in New Zealand using a combination of air and sea movements.

There was consideration about introducing new measures for vehicles, machinery, and parts from the United Kingdom. There were three reported BMSB detections in surveillance traps in this country over the past year, however, the detections were all single bugs close to airports and tourist attractions and there is no evidence to suggest the pest has established. New Zealand officials and Australian counterparts will continue to monitor the international situation and will act quickly to change import requirements if required.

KVH supports these proposed changes, and we believe they will strengthen detection and management of BMSB from the most high-risk goods and places. We have submitted our support to Biosecurity New Zealand on behalf of the kiwifruit industry and expect changes to be finalised by early August, which would allow time for those affected by changes to prepare for the start of the new high-risk season from 1 September.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Remember to remove unpicked fruit
24 June 2021
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July each year. If picking has been delayed through weather or labour shortage, please inform KVH of the delay and...
Remember to remove unpicked fruit
24 June 2021

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July each year. If picking has been delayed through weather or labour shortage, please inform KVH of the delay and expected time the orchard will be picked.

Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or forestry, as fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds such as white-eyes. Birds spread seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package. A proportion of this seed can readily germinate.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched. This prevents mass-feeding by birds over the entire winter period.

Under the Psa National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2021
Business Pledge activities underway
24 June 2021
The Biosecurity Business Pledge now has a formal activity programme to support Pledge members progress their commitment to integrate proactive biosecurity practices into their business culture and...
Business Pledge activities underway
24 June 2021

The Biosecurity Business Pledge now has a formal activity programme to support Pledge members progress their commitment to integrate proactive biosecurity practices into their business culture and operations.

The kiwifruit industry (including KVH, Zespri and Trevelyan’s) is active within the Pledge partnership and KVH’s Leanne Stewart is the Chair of a new programme project focused on supporting leaders and executive teams to install good biosecurity within their businesses.

The aim of the project is to design training materials and/or formal courses that individual businesses can use to understand their biosecurity responsibilities; measures for reporting biosecurity risk; and templates so that leaders and directors can seek biosecurity reporting from their management teams.

There are two other programme projects – one focused on ensuring businesses have easy access to collateral and educaton material that helps them raise awareness with their own staff, customers, and public; and the other aimed at developing guidance material to help businesses include biosecurity expectations and targeted outcomes in their operational policies, documentation and supplier engagements/contracts.

KVH supports the Pledge partnership as it is key to helping all New Zealand businesses take a proactive approach to their biosecurity practices and provides a framework for managing the risk of unwanted pests and diseases (plant or animal) disrupting individual businesses and/or having flow-on effects that could potentially affect whole industries, including our own. 

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