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Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
On the lookout for fruit fly
10 December 2020
There was one case of fruit fly larvae found at the border in October. It was Pacific Fruit Fly found in watermelons from Tonga, which resulted in the temporary suspension of imports while...
On the lookout for fruit fly
10 December 2020

There was one case of fruit fly larvae found at the border in October. It was Pacific Fruit Fly found in watermelons from Tonga, which resulted in the temporary suspension of imports while Biosecurity New Zealand undertook an investigation.

There have been no detections so far this high-risk season (which started in September) of our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update, which includes data on detections and surveillance trap monitoring.

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant and keep watch. It is often difficult to spot adult fruit flies on fruit trees; the better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit. Report any finds or anything else unusual to either the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
First detection for hand baggage scanner
10 December 2020
Biosecurity New Zealand’s new hand baggage scanner has made its first detection – two bananas in a small carry-on bag arriving with a New Zealand family from Dubai. The scanner has been...
First detection for hand baggage scanner
10 December 2020

Biosecurity New Zealand’s new hand baggage scanner has made its first detection – two bananas in a small carry-on bag arriving with a New Zealand family from Dubai.

The scanner has been in use since late October at Auckland Airport, where arriving passengers have their hand baggage scanned before they collect checked-in items from the airport carousels. Baggage that travellers carry off the plane is deliberately being targeted because that’s where food that could host fruit fly and other pests is most likely to be found.

The scanner uses technology that produces three-dimensional images of baggage contents and is at least 2.5 times better at detecting risk items than 2D x-ray imaging. 

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
Electronic mail screening moves closer
10 December 2020
Traditionally, border biosecurity staff don’t see any information about items arriving at the International Mail Centre before they appear on the mail belt for screening by x-ray or detector...
Electronic mail screening moves closer
10 December 2020

Traditionally, border biosecurity staff don’t see any information about items arriving at the International Mail Centre before they appear on the mail belt for screening by x-ray or detector dog.

New data rules from the Universal Postal Union and World Customs Organization are a game changer. They allow information about things like contents, the name of the exporter, and the country of origin to be captured in a barcode, which can be scanned on arrival – all information useful for biosecurity, allowing items of interest to be picked up quickly and pulled aside for scrutiny.

The new data will be mandatory across the globe from January 2021, opening an enormous window of opportunity for Biosecurity New Zealand to learn more about what’s coming into New Zealand, particularly important given the burgeoning e-commerce risk as more and more people go online to order goods from overseas, especially seeds and plants.

Demand for fruit and veggie seeds have skyrocketed during COVID-19, leading to increased interest in online providers based overseas – some of whom KVH is aware have been offering varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. Unfortunately, many seeds purchased online aren’t what they say they are and more importantly do not meet New Zealand’s strict biosecurity rules and could risk introducing a plant disease.

Growers are reminded that importing seeds is best left to reputable commercial operators who know what they are doing and are aware of what they must always do to meet the rules (including an import permit; phytosanitary certificate; and post entry quarantine for example).

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
In the news
10 December 2020
Building biosecurity into how we move forward: The world is learning to adapt to Covid-19 and New Zealand is at a very important “survive or thrive” juncture on how it moves forward. This...
In the news
10 December 2020

Building biosecurity into how we move forward: The world is learning to adapt to Covid-19 and New Zealand is at a very important “survive or thrive” juncture on how it moves forward. This is how KPMG’s head of agri-business Ian Proudfoot described NZ’s current position to delegates at last month’s Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital’s annual symposium.

“The fact we’ve closed the border gives us a chance to take a really fresh look at how we bring high-value travellers back – to make sure they respect and enhance biosecurity but also that we create a system that enables a whole new way of integrating biosecurity into New Zealanders as well.”

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
Biosecurity risk at a glance
10 December 2020
The latest KVH Dashboard has been published, providing a quick overview of current biosecurity threats and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
10 December 2020

The latest KVH Dashboard has been published, providing a quick overview of current biosecurity threats and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a one-page view of current threat levels and our ability to manage these should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
Festive Fun Fact
10 December 2020
Did you know that one year not so long ago someone put a Christmas tree – with soil – in the post to New Zealand? Auckland biosecurity staff were gobsmacked to find the small (30cm) live...
Festive Fun Fact
10 December 2020

Did you know that one year not so long ago someone put a Christmas tree – with soil – in the post to New Zealand?

Auckland biosecurity staff were gobsmacked to find the small (30cm) live Christmas tree coming through the x-ray machine at the International Mail Centre. The packaged pine tree had arrived from the UK complete with a pot of soil and apparently left the quarantine inspector working the x-ray machine thinking ‘what the heck?’

Of course, that tree, and any others that might arrive this year, aren’t allowed into New Zealand - both the tree and the untreated soil could be harbouring pests or diseases that could harm our primary industries and natural environment.

Particularly concerning is a fungus currently killing fir trees used for Christmas in the United States and Britain. Biosecurity New Zealand, the forestry and horticulture industries clearly don’t want to see this tree fungus or anything like it establish here. 

Image: The little 30cm Christmas tree as it arrived in the post (left) and unwrapped (right).

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020
A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have...
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020

A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have previously been registered will need to ensure they have re-registered with their PMC.

Being registered for pest monitoring is a mandatory requirement for any orchard to be able to supply the China market in the 2021 season.

Monitoring will take place for scale, mealybug, leafrollers and wheatbug. Orchards not monitoring for these pests will not be eligible to supply fruit to China.

Zespri’s pre-harvest team have developed resources to assist the industry with the transition to the new pest monitoring programme which can be found on the Canopy here.

If you have questions about pest monitoring requirements for 2021 and what this means for your orchard or PMC, please contact Melanie.Walker@zespri.com.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020
The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact...
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020

The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact info@kvh.org.nz or Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020
Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity...
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020

Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases.

At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity Awards held in Wellington Monday 16 November, Linda Peacock was awarded the Minister’s Biosecurity Award for services to the kiwifruit industry, and KVH accepted the New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award for outstanding commitment to biosecurity, on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

The awards recognise the pivotal role people from within the kiwifruit industry, and KVH as an organisation, have had in managing Psa since the initial outbreak of the disease and in developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost our biosecurity integrity.

This is recognition for the industry as a whole and celebrates the partnership approach we’ve all taken together to ensure we’re better placed for any future biosecurity event.

There is no doubt that by working in partnership, we can achieve better biosecurity outcomes. The entire industry has embraced a collaborative approach for many years and it was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all our growers and those across the kiwifruit industry who support our work and come together as one committed team.

Read more about the awards here.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020
In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the...
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020

In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the talks, you can now watch videos of all presentations on the KVH YouTube channel here.

The day provided the opportunity for everyone to learn more about work underway to protect the industry from unwanted pests and diseases. Key research findings, and practical examples of research the industry has been taking part in were discussed in detail – as were biosecurity responses at a national level by John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, who spoke about the different parts of the New Zealand biosecurity system and explained how they all fit together to ensure there are numerous intervention points that either stop biosecurity risk getting here, or capture and manage the risk that does make it to our shores and past our borders.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 16 December and 4 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Growers who notice other unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up over the Christmas break can contact info@kvh.org.nz for follow up.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and...
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and controlling mature plants.

We encourage you to get involved in this region-wide campaign – you’ve got a few days left to send in a couple of photos of your control work in action to info@boprc.govt.nz to be recognised for your efforts.

Woolly Nightshade is a highly invasive weed and is a host of passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns. Shelter belts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard and woolly nightshade is easy to kill.  

In this video John Mather from our KVH team shows you how to kill this weed using the 'cut and inject' method.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz