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Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021
KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey. We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay...
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021

KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey.

We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, and from Otorohonga to Pukemoremore in the Waikato) sampled this autumn.

The next sample round will be in spring, with focus shifting to the South Island growing region, and north to Auckland, Whangarei and Kerikeri.

This work is an important part of how we prepare for threats we don’t already have here, so that we can respond quickly and effectively to any new detections. Invasive Phytophthora are one of our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted, based on the likelihood of them entering and establishing in New Zealand, and the potential production impacts should this occur.

If you have vines with known or suspected Phytophthora symptoms – in any growing region – and want to talk about being included in the project, please get in touch by emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

This is a joint industry project between KVH, Zespri, Plant & Food Research, and Biosecurity New Zealand.

R&D News
15 April 2021
Research supports use of Actigard post-harvest
15 April 2021
A joint research project involving Zespri/KVH, Plant & Food Research and Syngenta, has shown that kiwifruit vines are responsive to post-harvest applications of Actigard. Genes that are...
Research supports use of Actigard post-harvest
15 April 2021

A joint research project involving Zespri/KVH, Plant & Food Research and Syngenta, has shown that kiwifruit vines are responsive to post-harvest applications of Actigard.

Genes that are understood to activate the vine’s natural defence were “switched on” soon after application, for both early and late harvest Hayward vines, with response patterns similar for both sites. This suggests treatment date did not impact the post-harvest Actigard response.

The effect was similar to that seen for spring applications, with gene up-regulation highest after six days, confirming it takes five to seven days to fully activate the natural plant response after a post-harvest application of Actigard.

Work on Gold3 will be undertaken this autumn to add further knowledge. Evidence of a carry-over response into the following spring, was also investigated in the research trial, but results were not conclusive. Further work to answer this question is included in this year’s trials.

The full report is available on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021
Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana...
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021

Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana don’t forget about the interactive and fun pest hunts underway.

There are hunts in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, and Papamoa. Complete the hunt closest to where you live or do all three. There are six invasive insects, animals, weeds, and diseases ‘hiding’ throughout each location that you catch using any smartphone and the free Actionbound geocaching app.

Each completed hunt goes into the draw to win from a $2500 prize pool supporting our local tourism and hospitality businesses.

Details and step-by-step guides for playing are available at www.greathunt.co.nz. Good luck!

The hunt has been put together by the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative, of which KVH is an active member, raising biosecurity awareness throughout the community and local schools as an extra layer of protection for our industry and orchards.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021
With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations. By privately connecting...
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021

With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations.

By privately connecting a weather station to the portal, the data from that station becomes available for use in the various tools, like the Psa-V risk model or chill unit calculator.

This has the potential to localise the output to specific orchards and make the service available to new locations outside the current coverage areas. 

There is still more work to do in this space, however we are looking to better understand the range of equipment and are calling out to growers interested in this functionality. If you haven't registered your interest already, please contact info@kvh.org.nz and we’ll be in touch.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Fun Fact
15 April 2021
Ever wondered exactly what Quarantine Officers and specially trained Detector Dogs do at the front line to check ships and containers for unwanted threats? Watch a short video and meet some of the...
Fun Fact
15 April 2021

Ever wondered exactly what Quarantine Officers and specially trained Detector Dogs do at the front line to check ships and containers for unwanted threats?

Watch a short video and meet some of the team from Biosecurity New Zealand (including the four-legged kind). Georgie features – she is in the photo above using her nose to indicate exactly where on an imported vehicle she’s smelt a BMSB. She was the first of four Detector Dogs to be trained to sniff out BMSB, one of whom  was used in our region a couple of Christmases ago as part of inspections when a single male bug was found in a Mount Maunganui home.

If you ever think you might have spotted a BMSB, or any other unusual pest, catch it, snap it, and report it through to the hotline on 0800 80 99 66 or get in touch with KVH on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Use stock feed but stop the spread of wild kiwifruit
15 April 2021
The time of year is approaching where there is a surplus of kiwifruit that can be used as a stock feed. Kiwifruit is a good quality feed commonly used as dry cow feed and Dairy NZ has recently...
Use stock feed but stop the spread of wild kiwifruit
15 April 2021

The time of year is approaching where there is a surplus of kiwifruit that can be used as a stock feed.

Kiwifruit is a good quality feed commonly used as dry cow feed and Dairy NZ has recently provided advice to Bay of Plenty farms about how to stockpile fruit and use it for best cow health.

KVH is supportive of reject fruit being used as stock feed (although processing is our first preference), but it must be managed using best practice:

  • Ensure piles of reject fruit are covered to prevent birds mass feeding on any softened fruit. 
  • Material such as Sarlon wind mesh (image below) is ideal as it allows the pile to breathe but excludes the birds.  

The reason for excluding birds is to reduce the amount of wild kiwifruit establishing, through the spread of bird-borne seed.  It’s mostly waxeyes, sparrows and black birds that feed on softened fruit. 

Destroying wild kiwifruit vines is now one of New Zealand’s biggest weed control programmes. Working in partnership, the programme cost the kiwifruit industry, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and contributing landowners about $450,000 in the year 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 and late last year saw the signing of a new agreement to ensure the work continues over the next 10 years. 

Read more about the programme, and how to prevent wild kiwifruit establishing, on the KVH website here.

Media Releases
12 April 2021
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
12 April 2021
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says Leanne brings to...
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
12 April 2021

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive.

KVH Board Chairman, David Tanner says Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, having worked in plant health for government, international and industry organisations.

“In her most recent role at Horticulture New Zealand, Leanne has been responsible for the biosecurity, food safety and regulatory portfolios and has strong collaborative relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other primary industry groups.”

“We’re excited to have Leanne join us. She will be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry and the KVH team, as we continue the important work of stopping unwanted pests and diseases impacting on our orchards, businesses, and communities.”

Leanne says she is looking forward to joining what she sees as a leading and proactive biosecurity organisation.

“KVH is at the forefront of biosecurity innovation and creative new ways of working - from research and development, to lifting awareness and best practice with growers and the wider community, to the development of the proposed new way of managing risk pathways across the industry.”

“I find that incredibly exciting, particularly because the organisation works so closely with kiwifruit growers every day and has such great support. I know that growers care about the success of the industry and want to be involved in biosecurity – that is special, and I look forward to being part of it too.”

Currently the Deputy Chief Executive at Horticulture New Zealand and General Manager Process Vegetables New Zealand, Leanne has had previous roles in MPI working in the import regulatory space and the International Plant Protection Convention in Rome, where she reviewed global implementation of the international agreement and standards.

Leanne starts at KVH on Monday 31 May. She replaces Stu Hutchings, who announced in January that he would be leaving KVH to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer.

Company Notices
8 April 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021
During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal...
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021

During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal and what the new Plan will mean for growers and others who work on or visit kiwifruit orchards.

These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phase) however they remain available to reference below. If you would like us to print and send you copies of any of this material, or if you would like to discuss any items, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Current reference material and latest updates about the progress of the proposal are available here.

Previous reference material

Specific information of interest from the consultation phase

Roadshows and meetings

Biosecurity News
8 April 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan update: submission to parliamentary process
8 April 2021
KVH has published online updated information about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and the intention to submit the finalised Plan to Government.   We recieved great feedback on the...
Proposed Pathway Plan update: submission to parliamentary process
8 April 2021

KVH has published online updated information about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and the intention to submit the finalised Plan to Government.  

We recieved great feedback on the Plan during the consultation phases in 2019/20, which has resulted in changes and a refined proposal that meets the needs of kiwifruit growers and the wider industry, and is a robust plan for the management of biosecurity risk while also being pragmatic and practical.

We have incorporated changes from the consultation period into the extensive formal proposal document, which is available below (and online) so that everyone can see the final version being submitted to the parliamentary process and how we have taken feedback into account.

We have also produced a shorter summary of the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and the changes that were made as a result. This is available below (and online).

The Pathway Plan will be funded by a levy under the Biosecurity Act 1993, with an initial rate of $0.004 per tray and a maximum rate of $0.007 per tray of kiwifruit. This levy will replace the existing levy for the Psa-V NPMP which will end in May 2023.

This means that KVH would effectively swap the NPMP levy for that of the Pathway Plan and keep KVH’s total levy collection from growers fiscally neutral and within the current total of $0.016 per tray of kiwifruit.  For most growers we have spoken to this is key, and they support no increase in total levy take. However, it is important that we do spell out the details of this Pathway Plan levy and we have done so in the proposal and summary documents. 

The Plan is expected to be submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Minister for Biosecurity Thursday 22 April 2021. If you have any questions about the submission or any material feedback on the proposed content of the Pathway Plan, we welcome them. You can get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

If you would like us to print these documents for you, please let us know by emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

The proposed new Plan and regulation framework is designed to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, it focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as young plants, budwood, pollen, orchard equipment and other items moved by people. 

We look forward to continuing to work with you as this important new initiative progresses, so that together we better manage biosecurity risk and protect our industry, investments, and orchards.

Company Notices
7 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021
The latest Snapshot podcast is now online and features a quick chat with KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings, who starts in his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer in...
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021

The latest Snapshot podcast is now online and features a quick chat with KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings, who starts in his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer in mid-April.

Stu discusses the role, how his experience in the kiwifruit and animal health industries will help him going forward, and how important it is for industry groups like KVH to continue to work alongside both growers and central government to ensure biosecurity preparedness. 

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

Company Notices
7 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Company Notices
1 April 2021
Farewell from Stu
1 April 2021
After three years at KVH, next week is my final week and this is my last Bulletin, as I leave the industry to take up an exciting new role as New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer at the...
Farewell from Stu
1 April 2021

After three years at KVH, next week is my final week and this is my last Bulletin, as I leave the industry to take up an exciting new role as New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

It’s difficult to reflect on my time at KVH in a few sentences but I want to acknowledge and thank you all for the support of myself and the team.

I’ve been particularly impressed with the leadership demonstrated across the industry. Everyone is willing to tackle the big challenges and issues, while remaining focused on what is best on-orchard, for growers. Late last year we acknowledged the 10-year anniversary of Psa arriving in New Zealand and it was a real reminder that the united front and proactive biosecurity thinking shown in more recent years – with the development of the proposed Pathway Plan; Auckland fruit fly response; and Mount Maunganui stink bug find - have come about because of where the industry has been in the past and what growers have been through.

Many thanks to past and present members of the KVH team and Board too. Bulletin readers will know them well and see them often – they’re a committed group of people who I have no doubt will continue to raise the bar for biosecurity practice and preparedness into the future.

I’m not going far (physically or job wise) so please do say hello if you see me around. I’ll continue to be based in the Mount and with my MPI hat on I’ll be keenly keeping up with the continuing proactive activities of KVH and the kiwifruit industry.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz