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Company Notices
7 February 2019
Support talented young horticulturalists
7 February 2019
Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title. Eight competitors,...
Support talented young horticulturalists
7 February 2019

Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title.

Eight competitors, known for their passion for the industry and exciting futures, will battle it out in a series of theoretical and practical horticultural activities designed to test contestants in a competitive, fast-paced environment. There will also be a biosecurity quiz round run by KVH who will be at the A&P Show all day on Saturday to answer any questions you may have about the work we’re doing to keep unwanted pests and diseases from establishing within our kiwifruit orchards and communities.

Company Notices
7 February 2019
Listen to the latest news
7 February 2019
The January Snapshot podcast is now online and features a round-up with Mark Whitworth, Cargo Services Manager at the Port of Tauranga. This episode covers the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) find...
Listen to the latest news
7 February 2019

The January Snapshot podcast is now online and features a round-up with Mark Whitworth, Cargo Services Manager at the Port of Tauranga. This episode covers the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) find in Mount Maunganui just before Christmas and what KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Port of Tauranga do to keep risk at bay, particularly in terms of arriving cargo and cruise passengers.

The Snapshot podcasts are free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Single BMSB detections
24 January 2019
Over the Christmas period there were two instances of single Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) discoveries post-border, highlighting how close to home the risk to our orchards, businesses, and...
Single BMSB detections
24 January 2019

Over the Christmas period there were two instances of single Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) discoveries post-border, highlighting how close to home the risk to our orchards, businesses, and lifestyles is.

A single male BMSB was found inside a Mt Maunganui house in mid-December and reported to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity hotline. The area where it was found has been inspected and traps were set prior to Christmas. The traps have been checked multiple times and fortunately no more stink bugs have been found.

In early January, another BMSB was found in Glenfield, Auckland. As was the case in Mt Maunganui, it’s not known where the stink bug came from and MPI inquiries are continuing to try to determine a pathway. The area has been inspected, including with the use of the BMSB detector dog, and traps have been set to determine whether this was a single hitchhiker.

After both detections MPI officials have visited and inspected local transitional facilities, undertaken maildrops to homes in the area to raise awareness of the risk, and KVH and other horticultural industry groups have worked together to do more advertising about the importance of being on the lookout (and reporting) for these unwanted bugs.

To date there is no evidence of an established BMSB population, or that the two detections are related to each other. The summer months are the peak season for BMSB interceptions in New Zealand and we continue to see a high number of these at our border from Northern Hemisphere countries.

Please keep a lookout for any BMSB. If you think you’ve seen this insect, catch it and call MPI on 0800 80 99 66. For more information:

·         visit the BMSB page on the KVH website

·         look at the BMSB fact sheet for images that help with identification of BMSB

·         watch a short video about the damage BMSB can do.

Also, latest border interception information on BMSB has been published in the KVH risk update, showing that since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018 there have been 165 live BMSB finds (as at the time of the report being produced at the end of last week), most of which have been found in personal effects and goods originating in the USA, Italy and China.

KVH
will keep growers updated with any new information about these detections as investigations continue. You can read more extensive details KVH released at the time of each detection online here.

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Minister thanks Mount locals
24 January 2019
Minister for Biosecurity, Hon Damien O’Connor was in Mount Maunganui earlier today meeting staff who have been involved in the investigation into the December Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)...
Minister thanks Mount locals
24 January 2019

Minister for Biosecurity, Hon Damien O’Connor was in Mount Maunganui earlier today meeting staff who have been involved in the investigation into the December Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) detection.

Minister O’Connor met Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff, agriculture and port representatives and Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partners, including KVH staff this morning to show his thanks for the trapping, surveillance, and public awareness work that was undertaken by the team over the Christmas period.

The Minister made particular note of how well the region has been working as one co-ordinated group, on behalf of all New Zealand, not just during this BMSB investigation but also with the adoption of the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative.

The group then travelled together to a local reserve for a BMSB trapping and clearance demonstration, accompanied by local media to help raise awareness of the difference the public can make and the important role they play in being on the lookout and reporting anything unusual. 

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Fruit fly interceptions
24 January 2019
Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the KVH risk update, showing that one of our biggest threats – the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) – was intercepted...
Fruit fly interceptions
24 January 2019

Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the KVH risk update, showing that one of our biggest threats – the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) – was intercepted at the border in December. This is the only QFF find since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018.

The new risk update also details the national fruit fly surveillance programme, which involves almost 8,000 pheromone traps checked on a fortnightly basis.

There were several fruit fly interceptions at the border over the summer period last year. 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 tree fallen fruit. Report any possible finds to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity hotline on 0800 80 99 66. 

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Reminder to report unusual symptoms
24 January 2019
KVH reminds growers to report any unusual symptoms they see on their orchard. This is so we can investigate and take necessary action to minimise potential impacts to your investment, or the wider...
Reminder to report unusual symptoms
24 January 2019

KVH reminds growers to report any unusual symptoms they see on their orchard. This is so we can investigate and take necessary action to minimise potential impacts to your investment, or the wider industry. In most instances early action is the easiest way to mitigate impacts.

In 2018 KVH began investigating a group of unusual symptoms on some South Island orchards which were reportedly getting worse from one year to the next. Symptoms include cankers, some scion collapse and some dead vines on the worst sites. Sampling and diagnostics have been undertaken - this is not Psa and there is no evidence to suggest these symptoms are associated with a new biosecurity incursion.

However, a fungal organism has been isolated in association with these cankers on numerous occasions, but it is unknown what specific role it plays in the development of the symptoms. At this stage we know the organism has been present in New Zealand for at least five years (but likely much longer as previous technology was unable to differentiate it from other closely related species known to be present in New Zealand for a long time).



KVH is working with local growers, Plant and Food Research and AgFirst to better understand the cause of these symptoms, their distribution across the region and best practice advice for on-orchard management. A grower meeting was held before Christmas to share this information and hear more about what growers are seeing. Growers have also been monitoring their orchards for the presence of cankers or other unusual symptoms and reporting these to KVH.

All growers are encouraged to regularly monitor their orchards and report any symptoms that are out of the ordinary or becoming progressively worse.

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Myrtle rust risk still high
24 January 2019
Remember to check myrtle rust plants this summer to help track the spread of the disease. Myrtle rust is likely to be more active during warmer weather and is likely to spread to new areas where it...
Myrtle rust risk still high
24 January 2019

Remember to check myrtle rust plants this summer to help track the spread of the disease. Myrtle rust is likely to be more active during warmer weather and is likely to spread to new areas where it hasn't been seen before.

New Zealand's precious native myrtle plants including pōhutukawa, rātā, mānuka, kānuka and ramarama are vulnerable to the disease. The fungus, which is mainly spread by wind, generally infects shoots, buds, and young leaves of myrtle plants. Infected plants show typical symptoms including bright yellow powdery spots on the underside of leaves.

If you think you see symptoms of myrtle rust remember to not touch the plant or collect samples but take pictures and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.

As of December 2018, the disease has been confirmed on more than 800 properties across most of the North Island and upper areas of the South Island. The Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, and Auckland are the most seriously affected areas.

Biosecurity New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are currently working in partnership to identify ways to best manage the disease and support the health of our myrtles in the future. In the meantime, it is important to understand where the rust has spread to, what plants it is affecting (especially new ones) and where it is active.

A map of areas where myrtle rust has been found in New Zealand and resources on what to look for, what to do if you find myrtle rust and how to manage it are available on the Biosecurity New Zealand website.

Biosecurity News
24 January 2019
Promoting biosecurity across the Bay of Plenty
24 January 2019
Two videos have ben produced by the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team, to raise awareness as to how forest users can help keep kauri dieback from entering the forests of the Bay of...
Promoting biosecurity across the Bay of Plenty
24 January 2019

Two videos have ben produced by the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team, to raise awareness as to how forest users can help keep kauri dieback from entering the forests of the Bay of Plenty.

The videos are around a minute long and include dramatic and majestic visuals of kauri and the way people can protect this national treasure. Local talent, including mana whenua, talk about the desired biosecurity behaviours we want to see from everyone - “scrub, spray, stay” (clean off footwear, use disinfectant, stay on track). All Black Joe Webber and his son Kian Webber are featuring in one of the videos – they were strongly supportive of the biosecurity kauri dieback kaupapa and keen to get involved.

This messaging is in line with the national kauri dieback programme and Ko Tatou This Is Us, encouraging everyone to play a part in protecting the things we hold near and dear, and being an active member of the 4.7 million biosecurity team.

KVH, and other TMBC partners are sharing the videos on websites and social media channels, and if you’re at any Bay of Plenty movie theatres you may also see one of the videos pop up as part of the pre-show advertising.

Biosecurity News
17 January 2019
Biosecurity 2025
17 January 2019
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
17 January 2019

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more.

 

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Biosecurity News
8 January 2019
BMSB
8 January 2019
Single BMSB detections A single male Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was found inside a Mt Maunganui house in mid-December, 2018. The area where it was found has been inspected and traps were set...
BMSB
8 January 2019

Single BMSB detections

A single male Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was found inside a Mt Maunganui house in mid-December, 2018. The area where it was found has been inspected and traps were set prior to Christmas. The traps have been checked multiple times over the holiday period and no further BMSB have been found in the area.

A single BMSB has also been found in Glenfield, Auckland in early January. It’s not known where the stink bug came from and Biosecurity New Zealand inquiries are continuing to try to determine a pathway. The area has been inspected and traps are being set to determine whether this was a single hitchhiker. To date there is no evidence of an established BMSB population, or that this detection is related to the detection in Mount Maunganui. The New Zealand summer is the peak season for BMSB interceptions in New Zealand and we continue to see a high number of interceptions at our border from Northern Hemisphere countries.

Please keep a lookout for any BMSB. If you think you’ve seen this insect, catch it and call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66. 

21 December 2018
MPI and KVH are working together with other horticulture groups to investigate a detection of a single BMSB that has been discovered in the Mount Maunganui area.

The bug was found earlier this week, caught and reported to the MPI hotline. The identification of a single BMSB has caused concern, but KVH stresses that this does not necessarily mean that other bugs will be found.

MPI immediately started investigating and surveillance is being carried out at the property and in the surrounding area as part of our investigation to confirm there are no more of the bugs present. At this point in time we have found only the one, male bug.

KVH is part of the BMSB Council, a group convened under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response. Over the last two years, the Council has been developing readiness plans in preparation for a potential incursion, and, together with MPI, has initiated the investigation.

BMSB represents a significant risk to New Zealand’s native environment, but a detection of a single bug does not mean that there is an established population. Rather it means we are working to ensure that this does not develop into an incursion.

We occasionally intercept live and dead specimens of BMSB. We can’t be sure how this bug arrived in New Zealand and it may not be possible to do so we’re asking for growers and the public to help us and keep a lookout.

BMSB is a shield shaped insect about the size of a ten-cent piece with distinctive black and white banding on the abdomen and the antennae.  If you think you have detected a suspect BMSB catch it; snap it; report it – call the MPI hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

For further information see the MPI press release or contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz or:

·         Visit the BMSB page on the KVH website for more information

·         Look at the BMSB fact sheet for images and information about how to identify BMSB

·         Watch a short video about the damage BMSB can do

·         Read the latest (November) update from KVH about recent detections at the border and work being done to manage the risk posed by BMSB

KVH will keep growers updated as the investigation continues. 

Grower News
13 December 2018
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January...
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018



With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 14 December and 7 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Company Notices
13 December 2018
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018
The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive...
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

 

Also, Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period. Read the note in this Bulletin for more information about exact dates.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz