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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. 

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018
We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout. KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up...
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018

We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout.

KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up over the winter months. Online advertising (including news websites, Metservice and On Demand TV services), social media and posters are all being used to help get the message out about the lifestlye impacts of this unwanted pest.

The ads focus on the fact that BMSB hibernates inside homes in the winter, can infest homes in the thousands, stinks when crushed, and is almost impossible to get rid of.

Look out for the ad in your next Kiwiflier and follow KVH on Twitter and Facebook to see more.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Managing Psa risk this long weekend
31 May 2018
The KVH Psa Risk Model is predicting high-risk weather through Queen’s Birthday weekend and continuing into next week. Risk will be moderate for most regions from Saturday, while Monday through...
Managing Psa risk this long weekend
31 May 2018

The KVH Psa Risk Model is predicting high-risk weather through Queen’s Birthday weekend and continuing into next week. Risk will be moderate for most regions from Saturday, while Monday through Wednesday risk builds to severe, reducing again from Thursday onwards. The higher risk reflects predicted rainfall, coupled with lower temperatures as we move towards winter.



Growers are urged to be proactive in applying winter rate copper sprays immediately after harvest, and again as needed to ensure fruit stalks, leaf scars and any wounds created by frost or wind damage are protected prior to high-risk weather periods such as these.

For more sheltered blocks where leaves are still in good condition a second Actigard may also be considered to provide additional protection as leaf-fall continues. Actigard may be tank mixed with copper but avoid spray drift onto unharvested fruit and wash sprayers out thoroughly afterwards.

Dropping strung canopies at risk of storm damage is also best practice as canes up strings are not adequately protected by sprays. Experience has shown canes damaged through autumn often suffer more Psa symptoms the following spring.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
17 May 2018
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
17 May 2018

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or exotic forestry as fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds.

Birds spread seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package. A proportion of this seed can readily germinate.

Unmanaged kiwifruit vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched. This prevents mass-feeding by birds over an extended period.

Under the National Psa Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Managing risk from importing plants could stop the next incursion
17 May 2018
KVH has made a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting. The IHS...
Managing risk from importing plants could stop the next incursion
17 May 2018

KVH has made a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting.

The IHS sets out the proposed import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

KVH recognises importing new kiwifruit material is an important part of maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however our submission focuses on the level of uncertainty around potential risk of introducing new biosecurity threats and how this risk must be carefully managed so that if the pathway is enacted, it is robust and reduces risk to the kiwifruit industry. We have also included specific technical advice we commissioned from experts in the science community in New Zealand and overseas.

All submissions are now being considered by MPI. There will then be a 10 day period where all submitters have the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from the consultation.

We will keep growers informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

If you have any questions about the KVH submission, please contact us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Fine for failing to declare risky plants
17 May 2018
An air traveller who deliberately failed to declare plant materials to quarantine officers has been fined $3,300 by the Manukau District Court. Arriving at Auckland Airport from China in April, the...
Fine for failing to declare risky plants
17 May 2018

An air traveller who deliberately failed to declare plant materials to quarantine officers has been fined $3,300 by the Manukau District Court.

Arriving at Auckland Airport from China in April, the traveler ticked the "no" box next to the question on her declaration card asking whether she was bringing plants into New Zealand. A baggage search revealed seeds concealed in three bags of food and in a hand towel. Two plant cuttings were also found in her baggage, and another in her jacket pocket.

Plant cuttings are a serious biosecurity risk for the kiwifruit industry (and others) and KVH fully supports the courts and Ministry for Primary Industries taking strong action where people deliberately flout the rules and attempt to bring risk items into the country that could be carrying pests or diseases.

Read more about the fine and other recent biosecurity convictions here.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Biocontrol defence against BMSB: last chance to have your say
17 May 2018
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. If an incursion is found here the consequences...
Biocontrol defence against BMSB: last chance to have your say
17 May 2018

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. If an incursion is found here the consequences would be disastrous for New Zealand’s horticultural industries.

The Samurai Wasp (which is the size of a pinhead and doesn’t sting humans or animals) provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control BMSB.

Image to the right of a male Samurai Wasp (scale 0.5mm), courtesy of Jo Poulton, Plant and Food Research.

KVH, other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), have made an application to the Enviornmental Protection Authority (EPA) seeking approval to release the wasp as a biocontrol agent against BMSB, but only if an incursion is found in New Zealand.

The EPA is currently seeking public opinion on the application and you have until 5pm Thursday 31 May 2018 to make a submission.

KVH is making a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry and your views count too. We encourage growers to have a say and we can make available to you a copy of the KVH submission that you may wish to reference content from when making your own submission to the EPA (or use the template we've created to help with this).

If you have any questions you can email us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Monitor and remove Psa to protect next crop
17 May 2018
Autumn is here and new active cankers with exudate have been found on orchards in several regions over recent weeks.  For growers who have completed harvest, now is a good time to complete a...
Monitor and remove Psa to protect next crop
17 May 2018

Autumn is here and new active cankers with exudate have been found on orchards in several regions over recent weeks. 

For growers who have completed harvest, now is a good time to complete a round of Psa monitoring to identify areas where you may need to modify your pruning strategy to ensure as much Psa as possible is removed from the canopy.  Look for cane and leader dieback and fresh exudate. Any large active cankers are likely to worsen before spring, so consider removing these before you send the pruners in.

Autumn spray programmes should include regular copper application at full winter rates and if possible at least one Actigard where leaf is fully functioning.  Actigard can be tank mixed with copper and is most effective when applied to leaves that are still in good condition. Extreme care must be taken to avoid spray drift onto unharvested blocks. After spraying Actigard ensure that spray tanks, lines and nozzles are cleaned thoroughly before spraying other products on unharvested fruit.

For more information, refer to KVH's Psa Best Practice Guide and the latest Actigard technote.

To maintain a high level of on-orchard hygiene, growers should continue to monitor pruning staff and ensure tool hygiene at all times. Restrict access to unnecessary vehicles. Best practice guides are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Summer summary: everyone on the lookout for BMSB
17 May 2018
Every New Zealander has a role to play in managing the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). KVH co-funded a nationwide summer BMSB education campaign with the Ministry for Primary Industries...
Summer summary: everyone on the lookout for BMSB
17 May 2018

Every New Zealander has a role to play in managing the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

KVH co-funded a nationwide summer BMSB education campaign with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of the pest and increase the likelihood of early detection through surveillance.



The results of the summer campaign are in:

•    There were 931 calls to the MPI biosecurity hotline (more than double last year).
•    Website ads generated the most calls to the hotline.
•    There were over 6.5 million views of our online ads.
•    The Metservice weather app ad was by far the most viewed of all our ads.
•    Just over 30,500 visitors to the BMSB page on the MPI website (12500 more than last year).
•    Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste posts and videos were the most effective social media tools.
•    There was a lot of news media interest in BMSB, especially around the turned away ships in Auckland and the Samurai Wasp as a biocontrol. The morning after a KVH story about BMSB aired on the One News 6pm show in late August, MPI received 15 calls about suspect bugs from people who had seen the clip.

Partnerships were also a big focus of the campaign. KVH worked across the kiwifruit industry to talk about BMSB and distribute information. Some initiatives were:

•    New posters, fliers and stickers distributed to packhouses, transitional facilities, and vehicle importers.
•    Information sent to all members of NZ Plant Producers Inc, including nurseries and Mitre 10 stores.
•    Posters and leaflets distributed through PGG Wrightson and Fruitfed suppliers.
•    Hospitality NZ helped communicate the BMSB threat through their newsletters and social media.
•    Allied Pickfords transport put messages on trucks and in warehouses/depots.
•    The Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence partnership focussed on BMSB during the local biosecurity week with staff who work on and around the port.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz