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Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
Building biosecurity capability through education
1 November 2018
KVH attended a pilot programme in the Hawkes Bay this week to help test and provide feedback on a recently developed New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) micro-credential on biosecurity. ...
Building biosecurity capability through education
1 November 2018

KVH attended a pilot programme in the Hawkes Bay this week to help test and provide feedback on a recently developed New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) micro-credential on biosecurity.

Micro-credentials, also known as badges, nanocredentials and nano-degrees, recognise the achievement of a defined set of skills and knowledge. Learning undertaken is validated in a micro-credential and is important in itself (not simply as a stepping stone to any subsequent qualification).

This biosecurity micro-credential was developed under the NZQA framework (Level 5) by the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) and Horticulture NZ, with input from biosecurity managers from KVH, Summerfruit New Zealand, New Zealand Apples & Pears, New Zealand Winegrowers, TomatoesNZ and Vegetables New Zealand.


The focused course is designed to enhance industry biosecurity capability, and targets grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers. Content builds an understanding of biosecurity and provides a framework to identify, prioritise, and manage biosecurity risks on orchards and farms.

A second test pilot was held in Nelson with two kiwifruit industry representatives attending. Feedback to the organisers will ensure the course is relevant to industry.

Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
In the news
1 November 2018
Tauranga pioneers’ new approach to biosecurity threats, could be implemented nationwide: Iwi, businesses, and local and central government have come together through the Tauranga Moana...
In the news
1 November 2018

Tauranga pioneers’ new approach to biosecurity threats, could be implemented nationwide: Iwi, businesses, and local and central government have come together through the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital programme to help educate the public on biosecurity risks on our own doorsteps.

BMSB threat to Bay's billion-dollar kiwifruit industry: A 260% increase in the number of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at New Zealand's borders has heightened a billion-dollar risk to the Bay of Plenty economy. In Italy the bugs have been found to cause up to 40% drop in kiwifruit prior to harvest.

Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity: KVH is honoured to represent kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018
KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk. The proposed...
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018

KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains several different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level. The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of the proposed pathway are available on the KVH website, including:
- A summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers last month
- An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.


If you would like more details, please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

The consultation period closes 5pm tomorrow, Friday 2 November 2018. To provide feedback on the proposal please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018
KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year. All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or...
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018

KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year.

All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or artificially applying pollen" - must register with KVH annually via the KVH website here. This includes all pollen mill operators (including growers who mill for their own use) and anyone who has sourced pollen from a mill for further distribution.

Thanks to those who have already registered with KVH and provided their Risk Management Plan.

Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
Be careful when importing seeds
1 November 2018
We were pleased to see a column in the NZ Herald last week from Federated Farmers highlighting the importance of following the law when importing any seed. Whether you’re a home gardener or...
Be careful when importing seeds
1 November 2018

We were pleased to see a column in the NZ Herald last week from Federated Farmers highlighting the importance of following the law when importing any seed.

Whether you’re a home gardener or large company importing stock, everyone needs to make sure they meet all requirements.

KVH is aware of international websites offering several varieties of kiwifruit for sale. This is concerning not only because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease, but also because websites are often falsely declaring contents on the packaging. For example, we mentioned in an August Bulletin that lab test results from packages sold as ‘purple hearts kiwifruit’ online and sent to New Zealand (which then became known to KVH, so we had them delivered to us for formal reporting and testing) confirmed the seeds were of course not purple kiwifruit, and a number were seeds from entirely different plants.

There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed:

-          seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and a phytosanitary certificate

-          it must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms

-          no seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) enforces all requirements and investigates any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. Please alert MPI if you aware of any unapproved seed imports by calling the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018
As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018

As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or need any help to complete your monitoring.

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Regional pest plan consultation
18 October 2018
The submission period is currently open for the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty region.  The Plan sets out which pests will be managed by the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Regional pest plan consultation
18 October 2018

The submission period is currently open for the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty region.  The Plan sets out which pests will be managed by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and the approach taken for each.  

KVH and NZKGI will be submitting on the proposed Plan and will likely comment on the management approach towards wild kiwifruit, pampas, moth plant and woolly nightshade.  KVH works closely with BOPRC to co-manage pests such as wild kiwifruit, a very successful programme and a great example of industry and local government working together to protect the environment and reduce biosecurity risk to orchards.  

Any person or organisation can submit on the proposed Plan – visit the BOPRC website for more information.  Submissions close Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Company Notices
18 October 2018
KVH biosecurity award finalists
18 October 2018
KVH is pleased to be representing kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate...
KVH biosecurity award finalists
18 October 2018

KVH is pleased to be representing kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading. They reflect the spirit of the newly launched biosecurity brand Ko Tātou This Is Us which has been created to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million – all New Zealanders.

Award winners will be announced during the annual Biosecurity Forum in Auckland on Monday 12 November 2018 (read more about the awards and all this year’s nominees here). We’ll let you know the results in that week’s Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Creating more Mauao guardians
18 October 2018
A team of Mauao kaitiaki (guardians) will be offering free training this weekend to help keep myrtle rust off the Mount Maunganui landmark. Pohutukawa trees that encircle the beachside mountain are...
Creating more Mauao guardians
18 October 2018

A team of Mauao kaitiaki (guardians) will be offering free training this weekend to help keep myrtle rust off the Mount Maunganui landmark.

Pohutukawa trees that encircle the beachside mountain are susceptible to myrtle rust, as are resident manuka and kanuka. The fungal disease can affect flowers, shoots and leaves, maiming and sometimes killing the plant itself.

As part of Biosecurity Week activities, this Saturday 20 October from 10am-midday, Tauranga Moana iwi and other conservationists will help show the public what to look for and what to do if they find infected plants. All growers, friends and family are welcome to attend. People will gather at the Pilot Bay end of the camping ground, close to the public toilets. Read more here.

Grower News
18 October 2018
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and...
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018
This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing...
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018

This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing positive orchards. With this progression of Psa the status of the region has changed from Exclusion to Containment as per the criteria specified in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan.

For growers in the region the new detections will be disappointing as their efforts to date including removing susceptible varieties, on-orchard hygiene and compliance with movement controls have been successful in slowing the spread of Psa. However, the change to Containment status will not reduce the level of protection provided to other growers in the region as movement controls exist for the movement of risk goods between Recovery and Containment regions, and from positive to non-detected orchards within a region.

Furthermore, while infection remains in a tightly concentrated area, KVH will be keeping the existing Controlled Area Notice in place to provide further protection to growers in the region, especially those isolated from the centre of infection.

KVH has travelled to Whangarei to consult with growers and will be visiting the region again early next month to undertake monitoring rounds. It is pleasing to see that growers are undertaking monitoring in the region and a number of Psa-like samples have been submitted to the lab for testing, but fortunately these have all returned non-detected results to date (other than the four known positives mentioned above).

Updated maps and regional status information for all regions is available on the KVH website here.

Protocols and movement control information is available here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018
KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk. The...
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018

KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains a number of different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level.

The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of this pathway are available on the KVH website, including;

·         The summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers this month

·         An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.

If you would like more details about the proposed pathway please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

To provide feedback on this pathway please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825 by 5pm Friday 2 November 2018. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz