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Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). It was only a couple of weekends ago that
26 of the bugs were discovered in a box of imported shoes, bought by an eBay customer in Oamaru – proving how real the threat is.

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it.  Watch and share the short video below about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.




Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling overseas over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels. KVH has put together a useful fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018
A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or...
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018

A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or more, Psa infection risk falls away but, in the meantime, growers should use the model to assist with planning spray and orchard activities.

Psa Risk Model graph showing upcoming risk based on data from the Katikati weather station

Additional features have recently been added to the model display to help interpretation, including a Graphs Guide (in the list to the right of the options box) that covers the basics of graph features and plots to assist users. A Wet Hours column has also been added to the data table to help provide some insight into the possible reason for days with low-risk (R index).

Please note that we have been advised access to the Waihi weather station has been temporarily disabled while data access issues are improved. We apologise for this inconvenience which we hope will be resolved in the New Year.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018
Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if...
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018

Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if risk is high, continue to apply copper at summer rates after fruit set. Ideally apply copper following canopy work such as male pruning rounds. Similarly, extra care with tool hygiene should be observed.

When applying coppers, for crop safety, maintain a five to seven-day gap between copper and foliar sprays, and do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions or high humidity. Check the pH of the spray mix and use buffers to adjust this as necessary. For example, Kocide Opti should not be applied at less than pH 6.5 as this may lead to fruit marking. Apply products on their own, rather than tank mixed with other products as this further reduces risk of leaf or fruit damage.

Take care with the timing of copper sprays applied after fruit set. The recommendation is to avoid spraying through skin sensitive periods.  For Gold, skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set. The risk of fruit marking becomes higher between 28 and 42 days after fruit set, then risk lessens but still continues from 42 until 80 days after fruit set. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. To avoid mistakes, note fruit set dates and safe spray periods on your calendar as an easy reference.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018
From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand...
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018

From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand to risk from harmful diseases and pests. The new offences will introduce fines of $400 for individuals and $800 for other entities, such as companies, for low-level offending that is not significant enough to warrant prosecution.

The infringements will send a strong message about the importance of biosecurity and will deter people and organisations from breaking the rules. They are another measure that adds further protection to our border.

Read more about the changes on the Ministry for Primary Industries website here.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
BMSB over winter results
29 November 2018
For the first time KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industry groups through the GIA partnership, ran a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign over the...
BMSB over winter results
29 November 2018

For the first time KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industry groups through the GIA partnership, ran a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign over the autumn/winter period to create awareness with the general public about looking out for BMSB overwintering in homes.

New advertising was created, to focus on BMSB coming indoors to overwinter and infest a house, and channels includes print, social media, digital displays, videos, and ‘out of home’ activity like shopping malls.

The campaign had good results in generating wide reach and awareness but was lower on notifications to the MPI contact centre than in summer, which we think is probably a seasonal thing (more native species to see in summer, so more likely to be reports of bugs). In summary:

·         there were 69 calls to the 0800 pest and disease hotline (as with the summer campaigns we run, most calls were generated by digital/video advertising)

·         digital/video advertising was seen more than 3.5 million times and as with the summer campaign, MetService was the most seen and delivered the most click throughs to BMSB web pages

·         nearly 18,000 people viewed the BMSB web page on the MPI website (15,000 more than last year with no campaign)

·         31 digital screens ran in 18 shopping malls in key airport/port cities of Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch. Suppliers also donated an extra 87 screens and 10 large banners worth around $280,000. All up, these were passed by foot traffic of nearly four million.

Overall, the campaign achieved the objective of generating awareness and reaching New Zealanders.  The shopping mall, print, and digital advertising all had high numbers of eyeballs on the ads. There were lower call numbers and website figures (than we see over summer) but this reflects the focus of our winter campaign being on raising awareness rather than taking direct action.

Digital advertising is still proving to be the most effective way of attracting attention and leading people to the website and pest hotline. 

Grower News
29 November 2018
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018
Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the...
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018

Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the opportunity to attend, hear the latest updates and talk with industry staff and other growers about orchard management for the summer.

KVH staff are at the roadshows sharing information about the exciting new Ko Tatou This Is Us biosecurity awareness campaign; high-risk pests at this time of the year; and the likely economic and social impacts of an incursion on the industry.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
In the news
29 November 2018
Beware of the Spotted Lanternfly: Chasing News, New Jersey, speaks to an official from the local Department of Agriculture about the severity of the threat and what the state is doing to protect...
In the news
29 November 2018

Beware of the Spotted Lanternfly: Chasing News, New Jersey, speaks to an official from the local Department of Agriculture about the severity of the threat and what the state is doing to protect produce.

Australia saves NZ from billion-dollar stink bug invasion: A ship bound for New Zealand has been stopped in Australia after it was found to be carrying stink bugs. The ship, the Armacup Triumph, was intercepted in Australia and has been sent offshore. The Triumph had been instructed to anchor at sea and has since been ordered to return to China.

Cargo ship ordered to leave New Zealand: biosecurity officers intercepted live and dead stink bugs on a vehicle carrier in Auckland yesterday, and have directed it to leave New Zealand waters for offshore treatment before it can return.

Partnership approach pays off: KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings talks with Rural News about how the organisations partnership approach has ensured the industry is better placed for any biosecurity event.

Company Notices
29 November 2018
Quick survey to have a say
29 November 2018
We’re running a short survey about the ways in which we share information with you, and how often. We’re working to raise awareness about good biosecurity practice, the benefits these...
Quick survey to have a say
29 November 2018

We’re running a short survey about the ways in which we share information with you, and how often.

We’re working to raise awareness about good biosecurity practice, the benefits these can bring, and the potentially devastating impacts of another incursion on our orchards. In doing this, we need to learn more about the ways you prefer us to keep in touch with you and how we can get important information under your nose.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of what we should do more of and what we should do less of so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take a couple of minutes to complete) and help us work together to continue protecting New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey here.

The survey closes 5pm Monday 3 December 2018.

All responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential to KVH.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
Latest BMSB finds
29 November 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 23 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds. More detail can be read in the November KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes...
Latest BMSB finds
29 November 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 23 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds.

More detail can be read in the November KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to BMSB.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website. 

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
Springing into BMSB season
29 November 2018
With spring well underway summer is now knocking at the door, as is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) threat to New Zealand. Every summer KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries...
Springing into BMSB season
29 November 2018

With spring well underway summer is now knocking at the door, as is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) threat to New Zealand.

Every summer KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industry groups through the GIA partnership, goes on high alert to keep this stinky pest out of New Zealand. This year is no different. As always, engaging the general public to join in the fight against BMSB is key and so the annual nationwide awareness campaign to remind everyone to keep watch for this potential invader is underway.

The advertising highlights how the bugs can infest homes and gardens and stresses the public nuisance of BMSB establishing in New Zealand. It encourages everyone to get involved and be our eyes. As well as the general public, we’re also continuously reminding those who might encounter a hitchhiking BMSB – including growers, pack houses, transitional facilities, airport staff, and importers.

The campaign is running ads online, in magazines, greeting arrivals at airports, and displaying posters in garden centres. Plus, we’ll again be using Ruud ‘the bug man’ Kleinpaste as a BMSB spokesperson across social media and interrupting viewers on news media services.

Remember to keep an eye out on your property, on your plants, your vegies, your fruit – and anywhere in your garden. It’s about the size of a 10-cent coin and is noticeable by its black and white banding on the antennae and abdomen. If you think you see one, catch it, take a photo and call the Biosecurity New Zealand pest hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

For more information and videos visit the BMSB page of the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
On the lookout for fruit fly
29 November 2018
There were a couple of fruit fly finds at the border during October. One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly eggs on a consignment on papaya being imported, and another was of Fijian Fruit Fly...
On the lookout for fruit fly
29 November 2018

There were a couple of fruit fly finds at the border during October. One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly eggs on a consignment on papaya being imported, and another was of Fijian Fruit Fly larvae found on a guava placed in an airport amnesty bin.

There have not been any interceptions of the Queensland Fruit Fly this high-risk season. 

You can
read more in the latest monthly KVH risk update, which includes data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about what’s happening in other countries to manage the threat posed by fruit flies.

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through to June. Be vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported to MPI and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
Biosecurity across Tauranga Moana
29 November 2018
KVH attended a Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) meeting yesterday, the first get-together since the successful Biosecurity Week for the region in October. At the meeting KVH discussed...
Biosecurity across Tauranga Moana
29 November 2018

KVH attended a Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) meeting yesterday, the first get-together since the successful Biosecurity Week for the region in October.

At the meeting KVH discussed activities the kiwifruit industry and growers contributed to during the week, and how KVH plans to continue to have a lead role in this first-of-a-kind regional initiative. Discussions focused on finalising a three-year plan for the initiative that specifically aims to lift biosecurity awareness and advocate for better biosecurity for the region.

There are now over 20 local businesses, organisations, and education providers that have signed up to the initiative and are working together to take collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence involving the whole community. Read more about TMBC and its connection to Ko Tatou This Is Us, on the KVH website. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz