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Company Notices
28 July 2020
AGM voting
28 July 2020
We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) Tuesday 18 August. Please don’t forget to complete your voting paper online. Growers should have received information...
AGM voting
28 July 2020

We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) Tuesday 18 August. Please don’t forget to complete your voting paper online.

Growers should have received information about voting online (using a personalised pin number and password) and how to view AGM documentation, by email from electionz.com. A reference copy of the AGM documentation is also available from the KVH website here.


This year's AGM will include a special presentation from Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who will talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry.

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

If growers have any questions about their voting online or would like to receive a hard copy of AGM papers, please phone the electionz.com helpline on 0800 666 946.

What: KVH AGM
When: Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 9am
Where: Trustpower Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Grower News
28 July 2020
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
28 July 2020
Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research? We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our...
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
28 July 2020

Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research?

We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our objective is to share key outcomes from the research portfolio that will help you develop your on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

A final programme for the day will be confirmed closer to the time. For now, we recommend you register early (this event sold-out last year) and we will keep you updated.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Online
here

Company Notices
23 July 2020
AGM coming soon
23 July 2020
A reminder that KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is only a few weeks away.   The meeting will include a special presentation from Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who...
AGM coming soon
23 July 2020

A reminder that KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is only a few weeks away.  

The meeting will include a special presentation from Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who will talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

AGM packs and information about voting will be with growers at the end of July.  

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Tuesday 18 August, 9.00am

Grower News
23 July 2020
Coming to you. Have a say on better biosecurity plans
23 July 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running throughout September, the events will be focused on the proposed...
Coming to you. Have a say on better biosecurity plans
23 July 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Running throughout September, the events will be focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Late last year we asked for feedback on our early, high-level thoughts about specific activities the Plan will help manage, and how it will be put into action. A key driver was to ensure that we have measures in place to prevent the spread of a broad range of biosecurity threats, rather than our current regulation, which is specific to a single organism, Psa.

The feedback we have had so far has been supportive, with growers and industry considering the concept of the Plan a logical and sensible way to manage biosecurity risk going forward, especially if this can be fiscally neutral in terms of grower levy.

Development of the Plan has advanced well and details about the proposal (along with an implementation schedule) will be presented at the roadshows for your input before it is finalised. We encourage you to come along and have your say.  View the roadshow schedule here.

More information, including a consultation paper and submission form will also be added to the KVH website soon. We’ll keep you updated about this.

If you have feedback or questions at any stage, please contact KVH by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Last call for biosecurity champions
23 July 2020
It takes all of us to protect what we've got and there are biosecurity champions worth celebrating – if this is someone you know, be sure to shine a light on their achievements in the 2020 New...
Last call for biosecurity champions
23 July 2020

It takes all of us to protect what we've got and there are biosecurity champions worth celebrating – if this is someone you know, be sure to shine a light on their achievements in the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Nominations close soon so get your entries in to recognise the incredible individuals and teams who are working hard to help ensure our country and its unique environment is safe from pests and diseases through their contributions to biosecurity.

The kiwifruit industry has been well represented at the Awards in the past (through both KVH and KiwiNet) and we’d love to see that success continue.

Visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to find out more and enter online. Be quick – entries close next Thursday 30 July 2020.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a one-page view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity...
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity incursions.

TMBC will identify skills and expertise across its network – which includes KVH and many others from the kiwifruit industry - and then work with Biosecurity New Zealand and other partners to train and prepare champions across the region who can participate and support a biosecurity response, should an unwanted pest or disease reach our shores.

TMBC’s Co-Chair and KVH Board member Graeme Marshall says it’s a significant move forward in recognising TMBC’s collective commitment towards achieving the best outcomes for biosecurity and the positive impact
of collaborating to support New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

"COVID-19 demonstrated clearly that if we have a robust plan and people who are capable of implementing that plan, then the response is likely to be far more effective. That’s what this is about – strengthening our local awareness and preparedness to minimise risks and limit potential damage from pests and diseases."

As has been seen with the successful kiwifruit industry KiwiNet model, whereby members of the industry are prepared to support biosecurity responses, TMBC will look to identify and train members of their network who can be deployed in a biosecurity response.

Image: TMBC co-chairs Graeme Marshall and Carlton Bidois with John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, in Tauranga. Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week - save the dates
23 July 2020
Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6...
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week - save the dates
23 July 2020

Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6 November. 
 
This week is all about highlighting the importance of protecting what we love about Tauranga Moana and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work that's being undertaken across the region.  
 
There will be industry events (including another KVH/Zespri grower day after successful events the last two years), Port Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Thursday 5 November, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium will be held.  
 
There’ll be a lot more information to come over the coming weeks, particularly about the kiwifruit grower day. If you were unable attend last year you can read all about the event
here or browse videos from the day on the KVH YouTube channel here. 

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020
Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away. A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close...
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020

Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away.

A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them. The bright, colourful guide is split into four easy sections detailing how everyone can:

1.    Keep watch (what to look out for and what big biosecurity responses cost if we don’t keep our eyes and ears peeled)

2.    Check and clean (how to look out for new pests on orchards or in gardens)

3.    Report the unusual (how to make a report and what happens next)

4.    Lead by example (what everyone can do at work, home and school to always be biosecurity aware).

The importance and enormity of the biosecurity task means that it is vital everyone pitches in and has accountability for keeping out pest and disease threats that could severely impact the kiwifruit industry and have flow-on effects for our livelihoods, and our communities. If the next big threat is here, undetected and spreading everyone has the power to protect what we’ve got with the easy steps covered in this booklet. 

The Kiwifruit Community Biosecurity Booklet is free and available from the KVH website or we can post copies to you, your workplace, school or anywhere else that helps spread the biosecurity word if you email us at info@kvh.org.nz.

The booklets will also be distributed at industry events, as well as during community initiatives in growing regions such as the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Spotlight on Biosecurity Week.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Fun Fact
23 July 2020
Stink bugs smell like old socks!   You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has...
Fun Fact
23 July 2020

Stink bugs smell like old socks!  

You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been compared to.

The two main chemicals responsible for the BMSB’s stinky spray are called trans-2-octenal and trans-2-decenal. The latter is what gives coriander its smell. The chemicals in the spray might have a purpose besides scaring away predators - according to a 2016 study, they inhibit the growth of bacteria, suggesting they are antibacterial agents and serve a multifunctional role for this insect.

Over winter, when it’s cold, the BMSB looks for a nice warm home to invade – sometimes in their thousands. Be on the lookout and if you ever think you’ve found one, catch it, take a photo and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.  There are fact sheets, images, and videos about the BMSB on the KVH website here.

Company Notices
9 July 2020
New Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator
9 July 2020
KVH welcomes new Regional Coordinator Gaz Ingram, who will be working with Hawke’s Bay kiwifruit growers, offering  support to help manage and reduce further spread of Psa, and build...
New Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator
9 July 2020

KVH welcomes new Regional Coordinator Gaz Ingram, who will be working with Hawke’s Bay kiwifruit growers, offering  support to help manage and reduce further spread of Psa, and build awareness of other pest and disease risk in the region.

Gaz has been involved in the horticulture industry since 1996 (growing conventional and organic apples in the Hawke’s  Bay) and has been with Farmlands the last eight years, working with organic and biological/regenerative growers across multiple crop types and growing systems.

His strong connection to the horticulture industry is amplified by previous positions within industry groups
such as the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers Association, Soil and Health and current Director position at BioGro NZ, the nation’s leading organic certification business.

Supporting growers is a key focus for both KVH and all Regional Coordinators, who are available whether
seeking technical advice, pastoral support, or general information about biosecurity preparedness. Gaz’s
contact details, and those for all Regional Coordinators are available
here.

KVH thanks Campbell Tacon for his efforts in the role over the last two years and wishes him well in his consultant and orchard management roles.

Company Notices
9 July 2020
KVH director nominations closing soon
9 July 2020
A reminder that the KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending (Simon will be...
KVH director nominations closing soon
9 July 2020

A reminder that the KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending (Simon will be re-standing for this vacancy).

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH along with a list of all interests in the kiwifruit industry by 5pm Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Tuesday 18 August 2020 (featuring a special presentation from guest speaker Ian Proudfoot, head of Agribusiness at KPMG) – read more about the event here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz