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Protocols & Movement Controls
18 February 2021
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
18 February 2021
The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been reviewed for 2021 with no changes made. Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your pack-house...
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
18 February 2021

The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been reviewed for 2021 with no changes made.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your pack-house DQS Biosecurity Risk Management Plan so if you have made any changes from last year please email these to Karyn Lowry at
karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
18 February 2021
Successful Neonectria workshop
18 February 2021
Thank you to all those who came to the Neonectria workshop in Motueka last week. The workshop was popular with over 35 growers, industry folk and scientists coming along to share their...
Successful Neonectria workshop
18 February 2021

Thank you to all those who came to the Neonectria workshop in Motueka last week. The workshop was popular with over 35 growers, industry folk and scientists coming along to share their experiences.

Alongside Zespri and Plant & Food Research, KVH hosted the event to reconnect with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region regarding Neonectria; and to share knowledge from research into the disease as well as other organisms associated with vine decline. Once the research update had been provided, it was out into the field to observe symptoms first-hand. This was a great opportunity for growers to see up close and personal how Neonectria typically presents itself on the leaders and trunks of impacted vines.

There was also an opportunity for hosts to sit with growers (from the South Island and Kerikeri) to gain a greater understanding of how Neonectria is being managed on-orchard and draw some valuable management lessons going forward.

A special thank you to Liam McLean for hosting the on-orchard portion of the day and sharing his knowledge.

Biosecurity News
18 February 2021
Fun Fact
18 February 2021
The countdown to the America’s Cup is on, with the Prada Cup Challenger series due to finish next week. All the racing yachts taking part are classed as ‘used equipment’ when it...
Fun Fact
18 February 2021

The countdown to the America’s Cup is on, with the Prada Cup Challenger series due to finish next week.

All the racing yachts taking part are classed as ‘used equipment’ when it comes to New Zealand’s strict biosecurity standards. This means that Biosecurity New Zealand officers have inspected imported race yachts and sailing gear in the lead-up to the competition, undertaking careful inspections for any threats.

The yacht in the photo was so large the officer needed a ladder to do the inspection. Also, the pontoon was directed for steam cleaning after the inspection revealed plant material contamination.

Biosecurity News
18 February 2021
In the news
18 February 2021
Auckland illegal cacti smuggler sentenced: An Auckland woman who attempted to smuggle hundreds of illegal succulents and cacti into New Zealand has been sentenced to 12 months of intensive...
In the news
18 February 2021

Auckland illegal cacti smuggler sentenced: An Auckland woman who attempted to smuggle hundreds of illegal succulents and cacti into New Zealand has been sentenced to 12 months of intensive supervision and 100 hours of community work. She strapped stockings containing 947 succulents and cacti onto her body and attempted to smuggle them into the country, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. 

Grower News
18 February 2021
COVID-19 information for the kiwifruit industry
18 February 2021
Resources and up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the NZKGI website. The NZKGI web page makes it easy to get updates on COVID-19 for all things kiwifruit related, including...
COVID-19 information for the kiwifruit industry
18 February 2021

Resources and up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the NZKGI website.

The NZKGI web page makes it easy to get updates on COVID-19 for all things kiwifruit related, including wellness/pastoral care resources, on-orchard guidelines for all alert levels, and general Government guidance.

Company Notices
4 February 2021
Pathway Management Plan progresses
4 February 2021
The consultation period for providing feedback about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan closed in December – thank you for taking part in the process during this formal phase and sharing...
Pathway Management Plan progresses
4 February 2021

The consultation period for providing feedback about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan closed in December – thank you for taking part in the process during this formal phase and sharing your views.

KVH is now considering all the feedback we received and incorporating changes into the formal proposal document. The Plan is expected to be ready for submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries and Minister for Biosecurity in early April – KVH will keep growers and industry up-to-date on this so that everyone can see the final version being submitted and how we have incorporated feedback received.

If you have any questions about the proposal, we welcome them. Reference material from the consultation rounds is available on the KVH website, or you can get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021
The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and...
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021

The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and Italy.

More detail can be read in the latest KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities KVH is involved in, both at the border and post-border, to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger,...
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

One such event - a video competition ‘Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health’ - has received 38 entries, including two videos from New Zealand. One is on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the other is on external scanning of shipping containers for contaminants from Better Border Biosecurity/University of Canterbury.

As part of the competition all videos must be less than three minutes and related to research that is conducted on plant health. Amongst other (more objective) criteria, the winner will be decided based on the number of “likes” associated with the YouTube video. So, don’t hesitate to watch the New Zealand videos and support our scientists!

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021
KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region...
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021

KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region with regards to Neonectria. All growers are welcome to attend.

Plant & Food Research scientist, Joy Tyson, will be presenting the latest knowledge from research conducted on Neonectria and other organisms associated with vine decline. The afternoon will then be spent on-orchard discussing management good practice and advice.

See the agenda here for details about the workshop including timings and location.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021
Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so...
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021

Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so you don’t miss out!

The event starts Thursday 25 February with a 5pm briefing, followed by fishing from 9pm through to the afternoon of Saturday 27 February. After weigh-in from 3pm-5pm there will be a prizegiving, including categories for heaviest and average weight per species, as well as spot prizes.

Species categories include snapper, kingfish, kahawai, terakihi, and trevally.

When: Thursday 25 February to Saturday 27 February 2021
How to register: Register online here by Friday 12 February. Spaces are limited and on a first in first served basis so get in quick.
Payment and details: The cost is $30 per angler - anglers must be related to the industry, and boats must have at least one grower registered. One fish per species per angler.

All growers are welcome. If you have any questions, or have spare space on your boat or are keen to attend but have no boat, please contact Zespri Grower Liaison Manager Casie Rudnicki by email or phone 027 271 2695.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021
Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences. Building and...
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021

Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences.

Building and strengthening this platform to support our community of women is important. A survey of members in 2020 showed interest in establishing a committee to drive engagement opportunities - and now there’s an opportunity for you to join in.

Being a member of the Women in Kiwifruit Network committee, you will have the opportunity to provide support through networking, face-to-face events, professional and personal development, and mentoring. Committee experience is not required, but a passion for the industry is essential.

Prospective committee members must be able to commit to attend at least 80% of committee meetings either in person or virtually (around six per year as decided by the committee). A strong commitment is also required in helping to organise and attend Women in Kiwifruit events (approximately two to three each year) outside of attendance at Committee meetings.

Positions available include Chairperson, Treasurer, Marketing, Administration, Health and Safety, and Programme coordinator roles. 

If you’re interested in taking up one of these opportunities, please contact Zespri by email for an application form by Friday 26 February 2021.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise...
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise awareness against bias? Act for equality?

Come along to the Women in Kiwifruit International Women’s Day event for a guest speaker, workshop, announcement of the Women in Kiwifruit network committee, and networking lunch.

When: 9am – 1pm, Monday 8 March 2021
Where: Trustpower Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
How to register: Join the Women in Kiwifruit Facebook page and keep an eye out for more information about how to reserve your spot.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz