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Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018
A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter...
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018

A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter months.

The video is hosted by Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste but unlike the summer video which focuses on orchards and gardens, this winter version has more information and imagery about the fact the bug infests homes, hibernates over winter and is almost impossible to get rid of. 


Read more from the last Bulletin about the work KVH is doing alongside other horticultural product groups about BMSB over winter, including TV and website advertising.

Company Notices
14 June 2018
Fieldays
14 June 2018
KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays. Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big...
Fieldays
14 June 2018

KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big responses in other industries e.g. Mycoplasma bovis. The lunchtime sessions with short addresses from Zespri, KVH and NZKGI have been well-attended.

KVH is taking the opportunity to catch up with growers to talk about the consultation currently underway on changes to within Recovery region boundaries; the project we’ve been working on putting in an application to the Environmental Protection Authority to release the Samurai Wasp as a control tool in the event of an incursion; and the recent submissions we made on behalf of the kiwifruit industry for that application as well as for the recent Ministry for Primary Industries consultation on proposed import requirements for Actinidia plant material. We will also be talking to other stallholders and importers of machinery to ensure they are aware of the risk of unwanted pests and the protocol to follow if they find anything unusual on their shipments.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and KVH staff will be based in the Zespri tent at Mystery Creek again Thursday and Friday – please drop in and say hello.



Image: Waikato kiwifruit grower Richard Glen and KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings at Fieldays on Wednesday.

Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018
There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within...
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018

There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within a shipment or container.  All seed contaminating fruit has been from the very invasive South American plant, Pampas. 

Pampas is well-established in most regions where kiwifruit is grown and is now in full-flower. The seeds (more than 100,000 per flowerhead) will be dispersed by strong winds - any Pampas growing in or adjacent to kiwifruit orchards can cause problems. If Pampas is established in your orchard or shelter belt, cut down and destroy the flowerheads now. Plants can be dug out or removed by a digger or controlled with glyphosate herbicide.  A surfactant/spreader must be added to the herbicide mixture. Do not attempt to spray Pampas in an orchard if fruit is still on vines.

Pampas is different from the native Toetoe in that Pampas grows faster and is a very invasive plant; it flowers in autumn rather than spring; is more robust and has an upright growth habit rather than the more prostrate Toetoe; and produces a different shaped, larger flowerhead (cone-shaped rather than the limp flag-like flower of the native Toetoe). View a table listing all differences.


KVH will be talking to regional councils, road and rail authorities to request more pampas control, especially along the road and rail corridors.

Email John Mather
at KVH if you would like any further information.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 June 2018
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018
KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are classified as...
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018

KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but provide some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting with growers and the industry on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island.

The proposed changes are detailed in the below consultation paper and summarised in the fact sheet. KVH has also collated a set of questions and answers that will be added to as the consultation phase progresses. We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes.  Based on the feedback we receive we would decide whether we immediately amend the current boundaries, or not.

The consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the KVH team to provide feedback or clarify any aspect of the proposal. KVH can be contacted by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

Changes to KVH regional boundaries documents:

·         Consultation paper (including map of proposed new North Island Recovery region)

·         Fact sheet

·         Submission template form

·         Frequently asked questions and answers

R&D News
31 May 2018
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018
One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the...
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018

One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the presence or absence of a particular organism if a grower reports unusual symptoms to us, and if we move into response mode determine the extent of infection.

Developing these tests for specific organisms is therefore one of our priorities for the biosecurity research portfolio. Two new reports have recently been put up on our website highlighting research outputs in this area, including:

• Evaluating RT-PCR tests for Pelargonium Zonate Spot Virus, a virus that is known to infect kiwifruit in Europe and reduce plant productivity. See the report here.

• Development of a detection assay for Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), the soil borne pathogen that has caused significant impacts to kiwifruit growers in Brazil. See the report here.

Company Notices
31 May 2018
AGM reminder
31 May 2018
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome...
AGM reminder
31 May 2018

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Growers will receive KVH AGM packs in the mail early in July. Packs will contain the Chairman’s Report, 2017 KVH audited financial statements,  the proposed budget for the 2019/20 financial year, and voting information. A copy of the KVH Annual Update for 2017/18 will also be included.

Grower News
31 May 2018
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018
Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out. KVH is aware of some nurseries that...
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018

Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out.

KVH is aware of some nurseries that have plants remaining. Growers looking for plants, or other nurseries with plants remaining, can contact KVH and we can endeavour to connect the parties. Email info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.

When sourcing plants, KVH Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) movement controls must be observed. Growers are advised to order plants a year in advance to prevent being caught in this situation.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Two more stink bug trainees
31 May 2018
Two stink bug detector dogs are being trained to join Georgie – who proved her sniffing skills at the Auckland wharf over summer in her dealings with contaminated bulk carriers from...
Two more stink bug trainees
31 May 2018

Two stink bug detector dogs are being trained to join Georgie – who proved her sniffing skills at the Auckland wharf over summer in her dealings with contaminated bulk carriers from Japan.

One of the candidates is Daisy, a pointer cross with previous detector dog experience. The other is Bodie, a labrador.

Georgie, the existing stink bug detector dog, provided an important verification role during the summer, helping determine whether treatment had been effective with arriving vehicles and machinery.

Photo: Georgie on stink bug patrol at Auckland wharf, credit Ministry for Primary Industries.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Fruit fly treated before arrival
31 May 2018
An Auckland Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officer recently detected suspected fruit fly eggs and larvae when inspecting a breadfruit consignment from Fiji. Spotting a tell-tale...
Fruit fly treated before arrival
31 May 2018

An Auckland Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officer recently detected suspected fruit fly eggs and larvae when inspecting a breadfruit consignment from Fiji.

Spotting a tell-tale soft spot on the fruit, the officer decided to investigate further by opening up the breadfruit for inspection. The fruit fly was dead. The MPI laboratory revealed the consignment had been heat treated in Fiji, removing the biosecurity risk. The consignment was later released.

Fruit flies are considered the greatest biosecurity threat to the kiwifruit industry, as incursions can severely impact where we sell our fruit and have significant impacts on grower’s OGR.

Fruit fly incursions in Tasmania have already cost $5.5million AUD with another $8million budgeted for this financial year, and a further $20million contribution from the Australian Federal Government towards response activities.

We’re just now coming to the end of the high-risk season for fruit fly. Continue to be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including fruit that has fallen from trees.

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).

Company Notices
31 May 2018
KVH at Fieldays
31 May 2018
The KVH team will be in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018. Please come and visit the KVH stall (inside the Zespri tent)...
KVH at Fieldays
31 May 2018

The KVH team will be in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018. Please come and visit the KVH stall (inside the Zespri tent) for a chat at any point throughout the day. We are keen to discuss any questions, issues, or suggestions you have about biosecurity.

Company Notices
31 May 2018
Nominations for KVH Board grower directors
31 May 2018
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for three grower directors. Existing Directors David Tanner and Simon Cook will be standing for re-election to the Board. Nomination forms can be downloaded...
Nominations for KVH Board grower directors
31 May 2018

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for three grower directors. Existing Directors David Tanner and Simon Cook will be standing for re-election to the Board.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH by 5pm Wednesday 13 June 2018. The appointment terms of KVH Directors was changed by agreement of the KVH grower members at the 2017 KVH AGM and the details of the appointment terms are available on the KVH website here.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate(s) will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Thursday 26 July 2018.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018
In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the...
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018

In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the TVNZ Q&A show Sunday 20 May.

KVH was asked for comment by media and explained that on behalf of the kiwifruit industry KVH was the first group to sign up to GIA – the Government Industry Agreement for Readiness and Response, and has been at the forefront of biosecurity readiness planning with growers, post-harvest and others across the kiwifruit industry.

There is no doubt that we need to be sure we are well prepared and can quickly respond to any biosecurity incursion to the industry. This will mean we are able to minimise the impacts on orchards and businesses, people’s livelihoods, communities and environments. Representing growers best interests is always the priority for KVH as we continue to work alongside government (and other industry groups) under GIA, making sure there are cost-effective biosecurity operations being delivered.

Read more about how KVH works with government to fight pest threats under GIA. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz