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Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Fruit fly found at airport could have been devastating
9 August 2018
Fruit fly larvae carried by a tour party leader from Malaysia could have devastated New Zealand's horticulture industry. Biosecurity officers intercepted the larvae last month in undeclared food...
Fruit fly found at airport could have been devastating
9 August 2018

Fruit fly larvae carried by a tour party leader from Malaysia could have devastated New Zealand's horticulture industry.

Biosecurity officers intercepted the larvae last month in undeclared food from a holiday group at Auckland Airport. The larvae were found in chillies following x-ray screening of the tour leader's baggage. A caterpillar was also detected in some garlic bulbs. The tour leader received a $400 fine for failing to declare the food package.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says there have been 10 fruit fly interceptions at the border this year and frontline staff are on high alert following recent outbreaks in Adelaide and Tasmania. 

Fruit flies are one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry as any incursion can severely impact where we sell our fruit. While it may be possible to find larvae on fruit trees, a better option is to look out for them in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Be vigilant, keep watch and report any finds or anything else unusual to MPI on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Image: the undeclared food infested with fruit fly that was seized at Auckland Airport.

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Tauranga biosecurity partnership becomes Flagship Site
9 August 2018
New Zealand’s Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence. It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage...
Tauranga biosecurity partnership becomes Flagship Site
9 August 2018

New Zealand’s Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence.

It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage Challenge and Director Andrea Byrom said it aligns with their goal of eliminating threats posed by pests, weeds, and pathogens. The Challenge’s involvement supports research on surveillance and detection of pests at the border and bolsters the Port of Tauranga partnership’s commitment to use science to support innovation and grow biosecurity excellence.

KVH is a lead partner in the initiative and the associated annual Biosecurity Week, which recognises that everyone who works on and around the Port, including the freight sector and transitional facilities, can all play a big part in keeping unwanted pests and pathogens out of New Zealand.

Read more here.

Image: Port of Tauranga and KVH staff talking biosecurity with Port workers during the 2017 Biosecurity Week. 

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Industry champions network keeps growing
9 August 2018
Representatives from across the kiwifruit industry met last week for the bi-annual KiwiNet workshop, facilitied by KVH to build and share biosecurity expertise. Around 40 participants attended...
Industry champions network keeps growing
9 August 2018

Representatives from across the kiwifruit industry met last week for the bi-annual KiwiNet workshop, facilitied by KVH to build and share biosecurity expertise.

Around 40 participants attended the days presentations which focussed on learnings for the kiwifruit industry from the Mycoplasma bovis response; the importance of traceability schemes and how a kiwifruit one could be developed; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) updates from the last high-risk season and what worked during the national education/awareness campaign; information about the recent Actinidia consultation; and container inspection and cleaning processes at facilities servicing the local area.

Attendees also discussed the importance of reporting unusual symptoms and how these are then investigated by KVH, Plant and Food Research and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Growers are encouraged to use the unusual symptoms section of the KVH website to view recent reports, look at images of symptoms, and easily download individual fact sheets on each investigation.

KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity knowledge and readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network and presentations here.

Grower News
9 August 2018
Psa research update
9 August 2018
KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next....
Psa research update
9 August 2018

KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next. As this event is a research update the content will have a strong emphasis on science.

To attend the update, please register for free here.

Where: ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Tursday 21 August 2018, 9.30am to midday

Biosecurity News
9 August 2018
Simple grower centric traceability favoured
9 August 2018
KVH has received positive feedback from growers around the country regarding the value and need for good plant traceability records. Presenting a short workshop at OPC winter Pitstop events, KVH...
Simple grower centric traceability favoured
9 August 2018

KVH has received positive feedback from growers around the country regarding the value and need for good plant traceability records.

Presenting a short workshop at OPC winter Pitstop events, KVH has been highlighting how high-risk diseases such as Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata) can spread rapidly, with symptoms often unseen until some time after disease transfer. In Brazil, traceback suggests the kiwifruit epidemic in Rio Grande do Sul originated from a C. fimbriata genotype in a single orchard with disease unknowingly distributed throughout the region via grafting material and nursery stock.

Many growers attending the Pitstop events had received Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) plants and/or budwood onto their orchards through winter and recommendations were to keep robust records detailing source and destination of all plant material. KVH will continue to work with industry on systems to support this data capture in a simple way that growers could easily access. A reminder on managing biosecurity risks when grafting is available here.  

Media Releases
2 August 2018
Third Flagship Site for BioHeritage
2 August 2018
New Zealand's Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence. It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage...
Third Flagship Site for BioHeritage
2 August 2018

New Zealand's Biological Heritage has joined the award-winning Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence.

It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage Challenge, with this collaboration being aligned with our goal of eliminating threats posed by pests, weeds, and pathogens.

Flagship Site partnerships provide a pathway to the Challenge’s goal of achieving a fundamental shift in the way science and research is carried out in New Zealand, BioHeritage Director Dr Andrea Byrom says.

“In particular, we believe that transformational change can only be achieved through partnerships with industry, the private sector, Māori and the community.”

The Challenge’s involvement supports research on surveillance and detection of pests at the border being done by the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) science consortium. It bolsters the Port of Tauranga’s commitment to use science to support innovation and grow biosecurity excellence. B3’s goals are strongly aligned with the BioHeritage Challenge, with them sharing a vision to deliver transformational biosecurity solutions for New Zealand.

The Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership was formed in 2014 between the port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies. All groups work together to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

Port of Tauranga Chief Executive Mark Cairns said the partnership strengthens the significance of biosecurity within the port and local community.

“New Zealand ports are an essential part of the New Zealand economy and a key component of our border biosecurity system. Effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies is critical to us continuing to run a successful business that services the Bay of Plenty region.”

Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive of industry partner Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), says the partnership recognises that everyone who works in and around the port community, including the freight sector and transitional facilities, can all play a big part in keeping unwanted pests and pathogens out of New Zealand.

The other two Flagship Sites supported by BioHeritage are Cape to City in the Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki Mounga.

“Being involved with Flagship Sites provides opportunities to broaden and deepen the range of activities being undertaken, and helps us connect with the public,” Andrea says.

“Our involvement also recognises the strategic role that science and research must play in shaping New Zealand’s future.”

Company Notices
26 July 2018
Former KVH Chairman awarded Bledisloe Cup
26 July 2018
An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter McBride, accepted horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference earlier this week. Very similar to...
Former KVH Chairman awarded Bledisloe Cup
26 July 2018

An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter McBride, accepted horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference earlier this week.

Very similar to the famous rugby Bledisloe Cup, horticulture’s version was one of three cups Lord Bledisloe presented to New Zealand in 1931 and celebrates a person who has made an outstanding and meritorious contribution to the New Zealand horticulture industry.

The Cup was presented by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor to Mr McBride, whose involvement with the kiwifruit industry spans 40 years, including as KVH Chairman when the organisation was created in 2010.

KVH congratulates Peter on his award and acknowledges his great service to the kiwifruit industry.

Company Notices
26 July 2018
Help spread the biosecurity word online
26 July 2018
You, your staff, family and friends, can follow KVH on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages. We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share...
Help spread the biosecurity word online
26 July 2018

You, your staff, family and friends, can follow KVH on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages. We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share biosecurity messages with the public.

It’s important to us that everyone is involved in biosecurity and sees that they have a part to play in helping keep out unwanted pests and threats. We promote general biosecurity messages, tell our story (how we came to be and what or goals are for the kiwifruit industry), share positive stories about kiwifruit growers and promote upcoming events like field days and workshops.

Being online also enables us to spread messages more efficiently and quickly when we need to let people know about new incursions, any effects they may or may not have on kiwifruit (like myrtle rust), and what actions people need to take. You can follow us on Twitter ‘@KVHNZ’ or find us on Facebook and YouTube at ‘Kiwifruit Vine Health – KVH’.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Understanding the sea container movement process
26 July 2018
KVH recently visited Tauranga companies to learn more about the processes they go through when moving containers from ship to wharf and to packhouses and return, and to emphasise the importance of...
Understanding the sea container movement process
26 July 2018

KVH recently visited Tauranga companies to learn more about the processes they go through when moving containers from ship to wharf and to packhouses and return, and to emphasise the importance of biosecurity to the kiwifruit industry.

Operations and Compliance officer, John Mather, says the process of inspection and cleaning at the Port of Tauranga and associated container handling companies is very thorough, and it is heartening to see best-practice undertaken. 

“The operating procedures and general biosecurity knowledge of staff is impressive, and they are particularly interested in how they can help with the work KVH is doing to manage the potential risk to kiwifruit posed by a range of harmful organisms. There is a real sense that we can keep working as one team to protect New Zealand from potential incursions.”

KVH also continues to encourage post-harvest companies to be vigilant for any contamination or undetected hitchhiker pests on or within sea containers when they are moved to or from sites, as the more eyes looking out for the unusual or potentially harmful, the better. 

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Engaging with the next generation of biosecurity scientists
26 July 2018
Last week KVH, Zespri and New Zealand Winegrowers presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to encourage students to become our next generation of plant biosecurity...
Engaging with the next generation of biosecurity scientists
26 July 2018

Last week KVH, Zespri and New Zealand Winegrowers presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to encourage students to become our next generation of plant biosecurity scientists. Ensuring recruitment of bright young minds into this field is vital to the future protection of our industry, and it was a great opportunity to showcase potential careers that may be available to students.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Reminder to cover material during transporting
26 July 2018
It is a requirement that all plant material is contained and/or transported in an enclosed vehicle while being moved between orchards and other sites. To assist nurseries, growers are asked to please...
Reminder to cover material during transporting
26 July 2018

It is a requirement that all plant material is contained and/or transported in an enclosed vehicle while being moved between orchards and other sites. To assist nurseries, growers are asked to please make sure that if plants are being collected from a nursery you have suitable covered transport. Please contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz with any questions.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Nominate biosecurity champions
26 July 2018
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity. Run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the awards...
Nominate biosecurity champions
26 July 2018

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity.

Run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the awards support the objective in the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement to build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders – something we at KVH have been involved in developing and implementing.


Entries for 2018 can be made from next Monday 30 July and are open to everyone. There a number of different categories so if you (or your organisation/company) have been involved in a project or event that focuses on biosecurity, and you want to know more, visit the MPI
website for details. You might be biosecurity champions and not even know it! This is your opportunity to tell your story and share how you’ve made a difference in protecting the kiwifruit industry and/or the wider New Zealand environment and economy from biosecurity threats. Get in quick – the closing date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018.

Last year the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Operational Excellence programme, run in conjunction with KVH, won the Industry Award. Read more about the 2017
event and winners here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz