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Biosecurity News
25 February 2016
Local industries celebrate biosecurity excellence at Port of Tauranga
25 February 2016
Photo: (L-R) Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, MPI dog handler Niina Edgar with Ayla the beagle, KVH Chairman Peter Ombler and KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil at this morning’s...
Local industries celebrate biosecurity excellence at Port of Tauranga
25 February 2016

Photo: (L-R) Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, MPI dog handler Niina Edgar with Ayla the beagle, KVH Chairman Peter Ombler and KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil at this morning’s launch at Port of Tauranga.

More than 50 leaders from Bay of Plenty industries and organisations came together this morning with the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, and Minister of Trade, Todd McClay, to celebrate the official launch of ‘biosecurity operational excellence’ at Port of Tauranga (POTL).

Guests were given an overview of the initiative and gained a good insight into the innovative ways Bay of Plenty industries and government are working together to better understand biosecurity risk at Port of Tauranga and to raise awareness amongst the Port community.

The group also observed the passenger biosecurity screening process of incoming cruise ship ‘The Arcadia’ where detector dog Ayla went to work sniffing out food risk items from more than 2000 disembarking passengers. The Arcadia arrived from Tahiti and Tauranga was its first port of call.

The project, which started as an exercise to better understand biosecurity risks at POTL, has a working group made up of committed Bay of Plenty sectors. They are:

  • Port of Tauranga Limited
  • Kiwifruit Vine Health
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • New Zealand Customs
  • Forest Owners Association
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Fonterra, on behalf of the dairy sector
  • NZ Avocados

The programme is tailored to organisms and particular imported goods and pathways relevant to the Bay of Plenty. However, the vision has always been to develop this approach as a national model.

Biosecurity News
25 February 2016
MPI launches new inflight biosecurity video
25 February 2016
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a new biosecurity inflight video that plays on arriving international flights before landing in New Zealand. To engage passengers, the video...
MPI launches new inflight biosecurity video
25 February 2016

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a new biosecurity inflight video that plays on arriving international flights before landing in New Zealand.

To engage passengers, the video is humorous, yet still delivers the serious message of biosecurity and what passengers need to do once they arrive in New Zealand.

The video has been translated into seven different languages, including a dubbed-over Chinese version.

The video is part of MPI’s wider market programme to encourage arriving passengers to “declare or dispose” biosecurity risk goods before they enter New Zealand or face a $400 fine.

Click here to watch the video.

Biosecurity News
25 February 2016
The Border Space
25 February 2016
Keep up to date with MPI’s latest biosecurity news through ‘The Border Space’ – MPI’s quarterly newsletter updating New Zealanders on what’s happening at our...
The Border Space
25 February 2016

Keep up to date with MPI’s latest biosecurity news through ‘The Border Space’ – MPI’s quarterly newsletter updating New Zealanders on what’s happening at our borders.

The latest issue includes: information about the Zika virus and what is in place to reduce the risk of it entering NZ; a new phone App designed for incoming cruise ship passengers to educate them on what to do when entering NZ; how the new border levy has been operating since its introduction on 1 January 2016; celebrating 24 new detector dog teams; and other interesting stats and facts on border security.

Click here to read The Border Space. 

Grower News
25 February 2016
Regional update - Hawkes Bay and Gisborne
25 February 2016
KVH staff recently visited Gisborne and Hawkes Bay orchards that were confirmed Psa-V positive for the first time through spring 2015.  Since 1 August 2015 an additional 14 orchards from...
Regional update - Hawkes Bay and Gisborne
25 February 2016

KVH staff recently visited Gisborne and Hawkes Bay orchards that were confirmed Psa-V positive for the first time through spring 2015. 

Since 1 August 2015 an additional 14 orchards from Gisborne and five from Hawkes Bay have tested Psa-V positive.

Blocks showing symptoms last year were also revisited to understand the challenges growers had faced over the past six months.

Cold, wet spring conditions and in particular, damaging southerly winds, were considered the most likely drivers of new infections within the regions.

Growers converting from Hort16A to Gold3 with colder sites or more severely infected stumps, experienced difficulty achieving high winter graft success (pictured above). Re-grafting continued through summer and multiple grafts to the same stump and/or suckers have been completed.

Poor synchronisation of male and female flowers in some Gold3 blocks have been a concern, particularly for Gisborne growers. The need to stock pollen for artificial pollination and the importance of good male management was discussed. Male grafts on Bounty rootstock, autumn trunk-girdling of males to bring flowering forward and male management to provide a range of cane types to spread flowering timing, were all strategies thought worthy of trialling.

Two growers with young Gold3 blocks that suffered up to 20% canopy cut-out due to Psa-V through spring, identified the need to take care when managing strung cane through the autumn period. Both growers believed cane damage, and possibly poor tool hygiene during autumn work led to spring infection.  

It was pleasing to see the level of proactive management in place and the high standard of hygiene being enforced by growers in general.

The KVH team also presented autumn Psa-V messages at the Zespri OPC field days, and reminded growers that a more proactive Psa-V management programme in autumn can lead to reduced symptoms in spring.

Click here for KVH’s field day notes on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
11 February 2016
Tau fly response operation ends and restrictions lifted
11 February 2016
Last Sunday the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed two weeks of trapping, fruit sampling and testing had passed without any further Tau flies being found and the movement restrictions on...
Tau fly response operation ends and restrictions lifted
11 February 2016

Last Sunday the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed two weeks of trapping, fruit sampling and testing had passed without any further Tau flies being found and the movement restrictions on fruit and vegetables in the controlled area were subsequently lifted.

While the response operation is now over and New Zealand is officially Tau fly-free, MPI’s routine checks for fruit flies will continue with its nationwide network of 7,600 fruit fly surveillance traps.

Summer is high-risk season for fruit flies and other pests coming into New Zealand, so growers and residents are reminded to be vigilant. Report anything of concern, particularly insects or larvae in fruit, to MPI’s pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.

  • Click here for more information on the MPI website.
Biosecurity News
11 February 2016
Trade Me bans sale of kiwifruit plant material
11 February 2016
The sale of kiwifruit plant material through Trade Me is a known risk of potential movement of diseased material, and one KVH has been monitoring for some time. KVH has made Trade Me aware of these...
Trade Me bans sale of kiwifruit plant material
11 February 2016

The sale of kiwifruit plant material through Trade Me is a known risk of potential movement of diseased material, and one KVH has been monitoring for some time.

KVH has made Trade Me aware of these risks, and as a result they made the decision to place a complete ban on the sale of kiwifruit plant material; so the risk of moving diseased material through this channel is now eliminated.  The ban includes the sale of kiwifruit plants, kiwifruit budwood, kiwifruit pollen and kiwifruit firewood.

Trade Me is implementing this action in the coming weeks.
 

Grower News
11 February 2016
Richard Procter appointed new KVH Board Secretary
11 February 2016
The KVH Board welcomes Richard Procter as the new Board Secretary from 15 February. Most recently Richard held the position of Chief Executive of Kiwifruit New Zealand for 10 years, so many will be...
Richard Procter appointed new KVH Board Secretary
11 February 2016

The KVH Board welcomes Richard Procter as the new Board Secretary from 15 February.

Most recently Richard held the position of Chief Executive of Kiwifruit New Zealand for 10 years, so many will be familiar with Richard and the knowledge of the industry he will bring into his role as Board Secretary.

Richard holds a Masters degree in Commerce, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (retired), and has had an extensive commercial career in accounting, finance, investment banking, business analysis and consultancy.

Richard replaces former Secretary Mike Chapman who resigned late last year following his appointment as Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand.
 

Biosecurity News
11 February 2016
Betaflexiviridae - updated fact sheet
11 February 2016
In September last year KVH distributed a fact sheet through the KVH Bulletin about plant virus Betaflexiviridae being detected in New Zealand kiwifruit vines.  There are no symptoms or disease...
Betaflexiviridae - updated fact sheet
11 February 2016

In September last year KVH distributed a fact sheet through the KVH Bulletin about plant virus Betaflexiviridae being detected in New Zealand kiwifruit vines.  There are no symptoms or disease associated with this virus and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consider it to be low-to-zero biosecurity risk.

However, there is a possibility that impacts may exist and have not been observed, or may develop in the future. Therefore, as an industry we are taking a precautionary approach to managing Betaflexiviridae and have implemented management practices to further limit distribution of this virus.

This will include Plant and Food Research no longer supplying Bruno seed from their orchards. Nurseries have been informed of this change and we are not expecting plant supply issues as a result.

  • Click here for the updated Betaflexiviridae fact sheet.
Biosecurity News
11 February 2016
Keep eyes peeled for stink bugs
11 February 2016
It is the height of stink bug season; so growers and residents are reminded to keep an eye out for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) which can enter New Zealand on inanimate objects like shipping...
Keep eyes peeled for stink bugs
11 February 2016

It is the height of stink bug season; so growers and residents are reminded to keep an eye out for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) which can enter New Zealand on inanimate objects like shipping containers, cars and even through objects bought through online channels like E-bay. Travellers returning to New Zealand are also at risk of importing the BMSB in their luggage.

Due to a rise in reporting of suspicious-looking stink bugs, there appears to be a heightened awareness amongst the industry and the general public about the BMSB. Thankfully these cases have been confirmed negative. However, it’s encouraging to know people are doing the right thing and contacting MPI when they find what appears to be a BMSB.

The BMSB is one of kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted – as both a horticultural pest and a public nuisance. Eradication would be extremely difficult if it were to establish here so early detection is essential to keeping it out of New Zealand.

If you think you have seen a BMSB call the MPI Pest and Disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Grower News
28 January 2016
Industry hosts Japanese scientists
28 January 2016
Japanese scientists from the Ehime Research Centre in Japan visited New Zealand this week on a Zespri-hosted tour. They were interested in learning about Psa control practices, resistance testing and...
Industry hosts Japanese scientists
28 January 2016

Japanese scientists from the Ehime Research Centre in Japan visited New Zealand this week on a Zespri-hosted tour. They were interested in learning about Psa control practices, resistance testing and varietal assessment within breeding programmes, and welcomed the opportunity to build knowledge and strengthen relationships with researchers and Gold3 growers.

Technical Senior Researcher, Nobuki Miyata and Pathology Senior Researcher, Mitsuo Aono, met with KVH and members of the Zespri Innovation team to discuss research opportunities. Pollen cleaning and assessment of endophytes and other biological control methods for Psa were seen as possible areas for future collaboration.

Access to clean pollen is a challenge for Japanese growers. Around half of their orchards have no males and rely solely on artificial pollination.

Psa-V (biovar 3) was identified in Japan for the first time in 2014 and is now present in seven Japanese prefectures. Other Psa strains (biovar 1 and biovar 2) are also present in Japan and appear more virulent to Hayward varieties than Psa-V. They have also identified a new strain (biovar 5) which is of lower virulence to biovar 3, but still causes leaf spotting and flower infection.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 January 2016
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016
In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion...
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016

In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion and Controlled” could be supplied with kiwifruit plants.

However, KVH have advised Ohaeawai Nursery that until it joins the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) it cannot supply plants to Whangarei (an Exclusion region with a controlled area in place); and even under the KPCS, plants from Ohaeawai Nursery will not be able to be supplied to the South Island (also an Exclusion region).

Ohaeawai Nursery is in the process of joining the KPCS and is currently a KVH-registered nursery.

Biosecurity News
28 January 2016
Tau fly update
28 January 2016
To date, no further Tau Flies have been detected in Auckland; the total remains as one male Tau Fly detected. If no further flies are found within 14 days of its detection, the response will...
Tau fly update
28 January 2016

To date, no further Tau Flies have been detected in Auckland; the total remains as one male Tau Fly detected.

If no further flies are found within 14 days of its detection, the response will conclude and New Zealand will regain its fruit fly free status. No markets have placed restrictions on NZ products.

Field operational activities are ongoing including checking surveillance traps in Zone A and B, fruit and vegetable monitoring, amnesty bin placement and visiting retailers and other sites of interest.

Residents in the Controlled Area are asked NOT to move the following produce:

  • Pumpkin
  • Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Zucchini
  • Beans
  • Mango
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit

Click here for more information on the MPI website.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz