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Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 16 December and 4 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Growers who notice other unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up over the Christmas break can contact info@kvh.org.nz for follow up.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and...
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and controlling mature plants.

We encourage you to get involved in this region-wide campaign – you’ve got a few days left to send in a couple of photos of your control work in action to info@boprc.govt.nz to be recognised for your efforts.

Woolly Nightshade is a highly invasive weed and is a host of passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns. Shelter belts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard and woolly nightshade is easy to kill.  

In this video John Mather from our KVH team shows you how to kill this weed using the 'cut and inject' method.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
In the news
26 November 2020
Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most...
In the news
26 November 2020

Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most cases, when an online order for something inanimate fails to match expectations, there’s little damage done. Some money down the drain, and perhaps a bruised ego. No major ramifications. Which is quite the opposite to the potentially immense and long-term dangers to the kiwifruit industry posed by imported seeds and plants from overseas – and often from dodgy dealers.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Fun Fact
26 November 2020
Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult...
Fun Fact
26 November 2020

Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult lanternflies can apparently keep a grip on cars going as fast as about 55k per hour!

We don’t want SLF here as it attacks over 70 host species, including kiwifruit, grapes, stonefruit and pipfruit. It has the potential to severely impact the kiwifruit industry through the accumulation of sooty mould on fruit from feeding excretions, ultimately rendering the fruit unmarketable.

See more about this unwanted pest on the KVH website, including images of SLF egg masses which look a lot like putty and could easily hitchhike on commodities imported into New Zealand (like vehicles, machinery, and garden furniture).

Image – An adult SLF crawling onto a vehicle to hitch a ride. Image credit: USDA APHIS, Lance Cheung.

R&D News
26 November 2020
Latest research now available
26 November 2020
KVH makes decisions and bases advice on key research learnings, industry knowledge and experience. The scientific research publications that drive our policies and management advice are added to our...
Latest research now available
26 November 2020

KVH makes decisions and bases advice on key research learnings, industry knowledge and experience.

The scientific research publications that drive our policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many different reports we make available.

Recently added:

• A
n extensive literature review was undertaken on pollen and associated floral debris as a means of pathogen (viruses, oomycetes, fungi and bacteria) spread. This work will help inform KVH’s Proposed Pathway management Plan to ensure appropriate measures are implemented to manage the level of risk associated with pollen.

• A report on a project aimed to understand which members of the fungal group Nectriaceae are associated with kiwifruit trunk disease. A survey of three kiwifruit orchards (two in the Bay of Plenty, one in Motueka), with a history of disease, took place in early 2019.

Read more about these research reports, and view the reports themselves in full on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020
Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years. Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on...
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020

Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years.

Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on some sites, possibly reducing vine resilience to disease, but difficult weather conditions have also played a part.

Cold stormy periods in early November resulted in a surge of spotting and Hayward flower-bud infection for higher altitude Tauranga sites and other Bay of Plenty sites have reported a lift in cane die-back for Gold3 around fruit-set.

KVH has also received reports from two young Gold development blocks in Kerikeri where NE winds have caused damage, followed by intense Psa leaf-spotting (image is from a 2019 grafted Gold3 site).

Growers on high Psa risk sites and particularly those with young plants are recommended to continue with a strong cut out and protective spray programme.

A reminder that both Green and Gold kiwifruit have a skin sensitive period where skin is at the greatest risk of marking or damage. For Green, this period is between 14-35 days post fruit set and for Gold , it’s between 21-80 days post fruitset so care should be taken when considering spraying in this period.  A reminder that Aureo Gold is an additional tool available to growers through to the six weeks after fruitset.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020
KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far. With the consultation period open for...
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020

KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far.

With the consultation period open for a few more weeks (until Friday 11 December) we thought it would be useful to check-in with the industry by summarising what we have heard so far and how we propose to address this feedback. A document summarising the consultation process to date; what we’ve heard; how we’ve taken support and suggested areas of improvement into account; and next steps can be found on the KVH website here.

Our intent with this document is to provide confidence that we have listened, and taken appropriate measures to address the feedback recieved.  We have chosen to do this now so that if you feel we haven’t got this quite right there is still opportunity for further engagement or submissions while the consultation process is running.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the proposal, and if you have any comments on any aspect of the Pathway Plan – good or bad – please send them in to us by emailing info@kvh.org.nz or by filling in the submission form available online.

Protocols & Movement Controls
26 November 2020
South Island orchard monitoring
26 November 2020
KVH recently completed a monitoring round of 10 South Island orchards who supply budwood to North Island nurseries, Zespri and other growers. An additional eight orchards will be monitored by AgFirst...
South Island orchard monitoring
26 November 2020

KVH recently completed a monitoring round of 10 South Island orchards who supply budwood to North Island nurseries, Zespri and other growers. An additional eight orchards will be monitored by AgFirst in early/mid-December.

The purpose of this round was to confirm the region has no Psa positive orchards and that good vine management is in place to ensure budwood from unhealthy vines is not supplied to other growers or nurseries.

Five samples were taken of leaves with Psa like spotting, but all were confirmed Psa Not-Detected. Growers from the orchards monitored had systems in place to prevent budwood from vines showing any unusual symptoms being collected and distributed.

Media Releases
17 November 2020
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
17 November 2020
Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of their outstanding contributions towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. At the annual New Zealand...
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
17 November 2020

Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of their outstanding contributions towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases.

At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity Awards held in Wellington Monday 16 November, Linda Peacock was awarded the Minister’s Biosecurity Award for services to the kiwifruit industry, and Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) accepted the New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award for outstanding commitment to biosecurity on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

In awarding Linda, who is a long-standing industry liaison and technical specialist at KVH, Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor said she has worked tirelessly with growers and technical teams from across the regions for more than 30 years, taking science-based lessons and turning them into easily understood, practical solutions to help kiwifruit growers.

“Highly regarded across industry, Linda has been an incredible mentor who always puts the needs of growers first, with passion and empathy.”

“She’s also an active contributor to regional biosecurity networks KiwiNet and Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital, and a member of the Psa research steering group and the Zespri crop protection steering group.”

“Linda’s leadership, expertise and unwavering commitment to guarding against unwanted pests and diseases has been an asset to the industry and our communities across Aotearoa.”

In presenting the Special Award to KVH, Minister O’Connor said the New Zealand kiwifruit industry has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the face of biosecurity incursions, driving research and managing the impacts, while also ensuring the welfare of our growers.

“The industry, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries, laid the foundations for a new era of biosecurity partnership, with the first signing of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed – a commitment to working together on preparing for pests and disease and on managing them if an incursion occurs.”

“The resilience demonstrated by this industry during earlier responses has carried through to today; it continues to pride itself on driving a collaborative approach to biosecurity and is an early adopter of new and innovative ways to managing this on behalf of its growers and the wider New Zealand food and fibre sectors.”

KVH chairman Dr David Tanner said the awards recognise the pivotal role people from within the kiwifruit industry, and KVH, have had in managing Psa since the initial outbreak of the disease and in developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost the industry’s biosecurity integrity.

“This is recognition for the industry as a whole.” Dr Tanner said.

“KVH was formed 10 years ago as the industry reeled from the discovery of Psa. Over the decade since, KVH - including Linda - has worked alongside industry and Government to help growers recover and prosper. The team is dedicated to its role in helping protect the livelihoods of New Zealand kiwifruit growers from all pests and diseases, through monitoring, education, technology, and partnerships with Government and biosecurity agencies.”

KVH chief executive Stu Hutchings said the awards celebrate the partnership approach which has ensured the industry is better placed for any future biosecurity event.

“There is no doubt that by working in partnership, we can achieve better biosecurity outcomes. The entire industry has embraced a collaborative approach for many years and it was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all our growers and those across the kiwifruit industry who support our work and come together as one committed team” Mr Hutchings said.

“We’ve worked hard in the biosecurity space to ensure a resilient and united voice for the kiwifruit industry, and it’s great that our efforts - and those of the people who have worked with us over the years - have been recognised with this award.”  

Head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Penny Nelson said on the night "this mahi is fundamental to keeping our biosecurity system strong, and every day the award winners are putting in the hard yards to ensure we continue to have a world-leading biosecurity system.” 

“These awards give us a chance to take a moment and honour the important achievements happening within our biosecurity system by individuals and organisations from all over New Zealand.”  The full list of New Zealand Biosecurity Award winners is available at thisisus.nz.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
BMSB on TV
12 November 2020
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ads go live from tonight on Choice TV and HGTV – helping us reach out to our target audience of gardeners and home DIYers.  The ads are part of the...
BMSB on TV
12 November 2020

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ads go live from tonight on Choice TV and HGTV – helping us reach out to our target audience of gardeners and home DIYers. 

The ads are part of the comprehensive public education programme KVH is part of alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups, known as the BMSB Council.

There will be sponsored nights throughout November and December on Thursdays (Choice TV) and Sundays (HGTV), 7.00pm – 10.30pm. There will be ads at the start and finish, and throughout the shows pop-ups will appear on screen showing BMSB crawling across people’s TVs! 

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
New Port biosecurity kits
12 November 2020
All staffrooms, portacoms and other frontline workers spaces are now equipped with basic biosecurity kits, thanks to the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, run by the Port, KVH and...
New Port biosecurity kits
12 November 2020

All staffrooms, portacoms and other frontline workers spaces are now equipped with basic biosecurity kits, thanks to the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, run by the Port, KVH and local Biosecurity New Zealand office.

The kits are a simple and useful tool to help frontline staff who work within the Port community collect, record and report anything unusual that they may find (dead or alive) when working with ships, cargo and containers on the Port, or unloading imported products.

Containing different sized plastic bags, pottles, containers, a reporting guide, and information about our most unwanted pest threats – like stink bugs – the kits also let people know what happens next and when/how Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port will be in touch to manage any further investigation.

The kits were launched as part of Biosecurity Week in the region and will continue to be rolled-out over the coming weeks.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
High-risk pests kept away
12 November 2020
We’re now in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests. The latest updates for each are...
High-risk pests kept away
12 November 2020

We’re now in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests.

The latest updates for each are now available on the KVH website, showing that since the start of the high-risk season in September:

·         there have been no live BMSB finds

·         one dead BMSB and one Yellow Spotted Stink Bug were found post-border and investigated by Biosecurity New Zealand

·         there have been no finds of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

·         there have been three phone enquiries about fruit flies to the pest and disease hotline and one person submitted a suspected fruit fly for investigation, which was identified as a caterpillar.   

The BMSB and fruit fly risk updates produced by KVH each month include data about any detections, explain the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage the risk these threats pose, and our preparedness in case they get here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz