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Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Managing BMSB risk
4 October 2018
A new KVH Risk Update on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is available online. The update outlines how BMSB risk is being mitigated at the border through readiness activities and awareness...
Managing BMSB risk
4 October 2018

A new KVH Risk Update on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is available online. The update outlines how BMSB risk is being mitigated at the border through readiness activities and awareness campaigns, and incorporates data made available by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Since the start of the high-risk season earlier last month (1 September) there have been no BMSB interceptions. However, during last season there were more than 2200 BMSB interceptions, demonstrating how real the risk is and how important it is to remain vigilant and keep watch.

The KVH Risk Update will be produced monthly during the high-risk season.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Have you seen this bird?
4 October 2018
KVH is asking those working or living in Te Puke to report any sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul. The bird is an introduced pest that’s renowned for the damage it...
Have you seen this bird?
4 October 2018

KVH is asking those working or living in Te Puke to report any sightings of an aggressive pest bird, the red-vented bulbul.

The bird is an introduced pest that’s renowned for the damage it inflicts on fruit and vegetable crops. With our extensive kiwifruit industry and other horticultural crops, this is not a bird we want in the Bay of Plenty. It is aggressive, chasing off other birds, including native species, competing with them for food and space.

A single red-vented bulbul was found and removed near Te Puke in 2016. If you think you’ve seen one, please report the sighting to MPI on 0800 80 99 66 with an indication of location as well as a photo if possible.

Red-vented bulbuls are a medium-sized bird around the size of a starling (20cm in length – body and tail). They are generally dark brown/grey coloured with a lighter chest and rump, a small crest (upstanding feathers) on their head, and significantly, a very distinctive crimson-red patch of feathers beneath their tail. They have quite a distinctive sound, which you can listen to
here.

In recent years, small populations of the bird have been eradicated from areas in Auckland. Although they are established in Australia and on some Pacific islands, they are not likely to have flown to New Zealand but it's possible they have stowed away on large ocean-going vessels.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Psa around the regions
4 October 2018
In general growers around the regions are reporting Psa levels to be lower than last year, being wisely cautious. However, situations can change quickly, and regular monitoring is recommended to stay...
Psa around the regions
4 October 2018

In general growers around the regions are reporting Psa levels to be lower than last year, being wisely cautious. However, situations can change quickly, and regular monitoring is recommended to stay on top of things.  

Sites which were very cold through winter are seeing more symptoms with Waihi growers reporting exudate on Hayward males, particularly on less tolerant varieties such as M-series males within the last week. For some younger Gold3 blocks growers in Psa affected areas have also reported that some vines strung last year are showing recent die-back and cane collapse with exudate along the leader becoming visible as pressure comes onto the young growing plant. These symptoms serve as a reminder to maintain a strong spray programme, including products with different modes of action. The window for bactericide is rapidly closing for most Gold sites so decisions on use of this product need to be made with care.

For most Hayward growers, leaves will be at or beyond 25-30mm, so bactericides can be considered for high-risk sites and Actigard can also be applied. CPPU, a preventative spray to reduce leafspot may also be applied when shoots reach 15-25cm.

For growers on Hayward sites with a history of flower-bud infection the recommendation is to apply pre-flower trunk girdle, one month prior to flowering to protect vines from bud infection but to be extra cautious with supervision of this task.

Read more in the KVH spring flyer here. 

 

Media Releases
28 September 2018
Tauranga Moana welcomes biosecurity campaign
28 September 2018
A newly formed Tauranga-based biosecurity group today welcomed a campaign that aims to protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases. The national Ko Tātou This Is Us campaign, unveiled...
Tauranga Moana welcomes biosecurity campaign
28 September 2018

A newly formed Tauranga-based biosecurity group today welcomed a campaign that aims to protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases.

The national Ko Tātou This Is Us campaign, unveiled last night, focusses on the personal and cultural impacts of a biosecurity breach and asks all New Zealanders to help create ‘a biosecurity team of 4.7 million’.

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) is already working locally to counter biosecurity threats through community collaboration. The new initiative brings together community groups, iwi, industry and business, councils, central government, science and education representatives for the first time, to lead and take action towards biosecurity excellence.

“We are right behind the new national campaign, which is going to help us show people that we have so much to lose and it is essential that we work together to protect what is precious to us,” says TMBC co-chair Carlton Bidois.

He says keeping invasive unwanted organisms at bay matters to anyone who enjoys harvesting kaimoana from the sea or interacting with the region’s iconic mountains and native forests.

“It also affects everyone earning a living and operating a business in the Bay of Plenty, where our economy is dependent on the natural environment.

“A single organism like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug or a fruit fly could bankrupt the horticultural sector and its families overnight. Kauri dieback and myrtle rust could see the potential annhialation of our iconic kauri and other indigenous tree species, severing the inherent cultural genealogy and traditions Maori have with the natural world.”

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor will launch the new TMBC initiative at a biosecurity excellence symposium in Tauranga on Tuesday 16 October. The group is also co-ordinating a week-long series of related events around the region.

Mr Bidois says TMBC is already attracting interest from other communities, in the Waikato and Taranaki.

“There is nothing like it anywhere else in New Zealand and we think we can really lead the way here in Tauranga Moana.”

For more information, please contact Carlton Bidois on 022 091 0557 or co-chair Graeme Marshall on 027 444 6201, visit the TMBC website, or Ko Tātou This Is Us.

About TMBC:

TMBC members are committed to working together to achieve biosecurity excellence. We are joining forces to:

✓ Grow biosecurity awareness and social license, including running joint campaigns

✓ Build visibility of great things happening and promoting initiatives/events

✓ Advocate for better biosecurity for our region

✓ Catalyse action – people getting involved

✓ Collaborate to achieve better results, sharing information and lessons

✓ Seize opportunities that will grow the regional team committed to biosecurity excellence ‘Ko Tātou’ – This is us. This is our Tauranga moana so let’s protect it together.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018
Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers...
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018

Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers consider occupation as part of their risk assessment, and growers could potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

Kiwifruit growers returning to New Zealand should:

  • Before packing, clean all risk items (e.g. shoes and equipment) that may have come into contact with any soil or plant material. Ideally use a sanitiser.
  • Declare any visits to an orchard or farm while overseas.
  • Declare or dispose of any risk goods on entry (e.g. food items).
  • Answer all questions honestly, even if it means a short delay getting through border clearance.

KVH has put together a useful one page fact sheet outlining everything growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

R&D News
20 September 2018
Psa research update videos
20 September 2018
Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update on 21 August 2018 which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights...
Psa research update videos
20 September 2018

Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update on 21 August 2018 which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into their research on Psa. From the Plant and Food Research new cultivars and rootstocks programmes, through to a yeast-based biological for preventing Psa that is currently being assessed by government officials for its suitability for commercial release, it was a good opportunity for growers to hear the advances in this space.

Videos of each research update are shared on the Zespri Canopy website here.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced new signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to email us.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 September 2018
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a...
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a third orchard (which is currently under investigation). They will also discuss a possible change in regional status and the plant movement pathway.

All Whangarei growers and post-harvest representatives are welcome to attend.

Where: A’Fare Function & Catering, 197 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei
When: Thursday 4 October 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with coffee and savouries on arrival 

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018
With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated...
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018

With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) during the upcoming risk season.

If an arriving ship is infested with stink bug it will be prevented from discharging its cargo and directed to leave New Zealand. There is a very low threshold for determining contamination – MPI says if a single bug is found they will thoroughly investigate whether the entire vessel is contaminated. 

As with previous stink bug seasons, there will also be increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations. Read more about what’s being done to manage the BMSB risk, detailed in the last KVH Bulletin here.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you...
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz