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Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018
It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018

It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

KVH has so far received about 40% of these results. If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. View reporting results by region here

If you are unsure whether your orchard is recorded as Psa positive or Not Detected please call us at KVH 0800 665 825 and we can clarify this for you.

We are happy to you assist with entering your monitoring results electronically.

Biosecurity News
15 November 2018
Pampas seed causing problems - destroy pampas plants now
15 November 2018
There has been a significant increase in the number of pampas seeds detected on fruit in the 2018 packing season. Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market...
Pampas seed causing problems - destroy pampas plants now
15 November 2018

There has been a significant increase in the number of pampas seeds detected on fruit in the 2018 packing season. Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within a shipment or container.  Pampas seed “finds” went from 50 in 2016 to 543 in 2018. Almost all seed contaminating fruit was found to have been from the very invasive South American grass-like plant known as pampas (Cortaderia selloana, C. jubata).

Pampas is well-established in most regions where kiwifruit is grown and will be in full-flower in February-May. The seeds (more than 100,000 per flowerhead) will be dispersed by strong winds - any pampas growing in or adjacent to kiwifruit orchards can cause problems. If pampas is growing in your orchard or shelter belt, destroy it now - before it flowers. Plants can be dug out or removed by a digger; mulched by a heavy mulching mower; or sprayed with glyphosate herbicide at 1 part to 100 parts water. Adding an additional amount of surfactant/spreader will assist translocation of the herbicide into the pampas leaves. Follow all precautions to prevent spray drift. Do not attempt to spray pampas in an orchard if fruit has formed on vines. If fruit is present in the orchard, then cut the flower heads from pampas plants and destroy by burning or burial.

Above: Pampas

Below: Toetoe

Pampas is different from the native toetoe in that:

  • pampas has an upright growth habit rather than the more prostrate toetoe;
  • pampas flowers in late summer-autumn – toetoe flowers in early spring;
  • pampas has a different shaped, larger flowerhead: it is upright and cone-shaped rather than the limp-flag flower of the native toetoe; 
  • pampas generally grows faster than toetoe;
  • pampas is very invasive, is a declared pest plant in many regions and is causing problems for kiwifruit;
  • toetoe is a native plant and not often found adjacent to orchards.  It is not causing any problems to kiwifruit.

KVH is talking to road and rail authorities to request pampas control in the transport corridors.

Email John Mather at KVH if you would like any further information: john.mather@kvh.org.nz

Media Releases
13 November 2018
KVH wins biosecurity award
13 November 2018
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has won a national biosecurity award for its contribution to the biosecurity integrity of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. KVH accepted the Industry Award at the 2018...
KVH wins biosecurity award
13 November 2018

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has won a national biosecurity award for its contribution to the biosecurity integrity of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

KVH accepted the Industry Award at the 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards in Auckland last night.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said the award recognised KVH’s contribution to the recovery of the kiwifruit industry following the devastating discovery of Psa in 2010, and its subsequent responsibility for managing all biosecurity readiness, response and operations for the industry.

KVH chairman Dr Dave Tanner said the win recognised KVH’s pivotal role in managing the initial outbreak of the disease and developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost the industry’s biosecurity integrity.

“KVH was formed in 2010 as the New Zealand kiwifruit industry reeled from the discovery of Psa,” Dr Tanner said.

“The small team was tasked with working alongside industry and Government to help growers contain and manage Psa. KVH did a great job and was subsequently tasked with responsibility for addressing all possible pests and incursions. The KVH team is hugely dedicated to its role in helping protect the livelihoods of New Zealand kiwifruit growers through monitoring, education, technology, and partnerships with Government and biosecurity agencies.”

KVH chief executive Stu Hutchings said the award celebrated the partnership approach which had ensured the industry was better placed for any future biosecurity event.

“There is no doubt that by working in partnership, we can achieve better biosecurity outcomes. KVH was the first organisation in New Zealand to sign up to a new collaborative arrangement called Government Industry Agreements; an arrangement which enabled Government and industry to share decision-making, responsibilities and costs for incursions.

“We have also embraced a collaborative approach in partnering in the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence initiative for many years and are founding members of the exciting new Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital programme,” Mr Hutchings said.

Mr Hutchings said recovery from Psa was an achievement of which the entire kiwifruit industry could be proud. KVH and New Zealand growers were passionate supporters of the national strategy of creating a biosecurity team of 4.7 million people.

“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.”  

For additional comment: Stu Hutchings, KVH CE, 0800 665 825 

Grower News
1 November 2018
Grower day videos available now
1 November 2018
If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day during Biosecurity Week and want to watch the presenters in action, you can view videos from the day now on the Zespri Canopy. More...
Grower day videos available now
1 November 2018

If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day during Biosecurity Week and want to watch the presenters in action, you can view videos from the day now on the Zespri Canopy.

More than 120 people attended the day covering readiness activities; research into soil borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness; a fruit fly incursion market access simulation; and a presentation on the new Ko Tatou This Is Us national advertising campaign.

Also, look out for more information and images from Biosecurity Week in your next Kiwiflier and Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
Building biosecurity capability through education
1 November 2018
KVH attended a pilot programme in the Hawkes Bay this week to help test and provide feedback on a recently developed New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) micro-credential on biosecurity. ...
Building biosecurity capability through education
1 November 2018

KVH attended a pilot programme in the Hawkes Bay this week to help test and provide feedback on a recently developed New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) micro-credential on biosecurity.

Micro-credentials, also known as badges, nanocredentials and nano-degrees, recognise the achievement of a defined set of skills and knowledge. Learning undertaken is validated in a micro-credential and is important in itself (not simply as a stepping stone to any subsequent qualification).

This biosecurity micro-credential was developed under the NZQA framework (Level 5) by the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) and Horticulture NZ, with input from biosecurity managers from KVH, Summerfruit New Zealand, New Zealand Apples & Pears, New Zealand Winegrowers, TomatoesNZ and Vegetables New Zealand.


The focused course is designed to enhance industry biosecurity capability, and targets grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers. Content builds an understanding of biosecurity and provides a framework to identify, prioritise, and manage biosecurity risks on orchards and farms.

A second test pilot was held in Nelson with two kiwifruit industry representatives attending. Feedback to the organisers will ensure the course is relevant to industry.

Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
In the news
1 November 2018
Tauranga pioneers’ new approach to biosecurity threats, could be implemented nationwide: Iwi, businesses, and local and central government have come together through the Tauranga Moana...
In the news
1 November 2018

Tauranga pioneers’ new approach to biosecurity threats, could be implemented nationwide: Iwi, businesses, and local and central government have come together through the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital programme to help educate the public on biosecurity risks on our own doorsteps.

BMSB threat to Bay's billion-dollar kiwifruit industry: A 260% increase in the number of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at New Zealand's borders has heightened a billion-dollar risk to the Bay of Plenty economy. In Italy the bugs have been found to cause up to 40% drop in kiwifruit prior to harvest.

Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity: KVH is honoured to represent kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018
KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk. The proposed...
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018

KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains several different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level. The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of the proposed pathway are available on the KVH website, including:
- A summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers last month
- An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.


If you would like more details, please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

The consultation period closes 5pm tomorrow, Friday 2 November 2018. To provide feedback on the proposal please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018
KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year. All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or...
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018

KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year.

All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or artificially applying pollen" - must register with KVH annually via the KVH website here. This includes all pollen mill operators (including growers who mill for their own use) and anyone who has sourced pollen from a mill for further distribution.

Thanks to those who have already registered with KVH and provided their Risk Management Plan.

Biosecurity News
1 November 2018
Be careful when importing seeds
1 November 2018
We were pleased to see a column in the NZ Herald last week from Federated Farmers highlighting the importance of following the law when importing any seed. Whether you’re a home gardener or...
Be careful when importing seeds
1 November 2018

We were pleased to see a column in the NZ Herald last week from Federated Farmers highlighting the importance of following the law when importing any seed.

Whether you’re a home gardener or large company importing stock, everyone needs to make sure they meet all requirements.

KVH is aware of international websites offering several varieties of kiwifruit for sale. This is concerning not only because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease, but also because websites are often falsely declaring contents on the packaging. For example, we mentioned in an August Bulletin that lab test results from packages sold as ‘purple hearts kiwifruit’ online and sent to New Zealand (which then became known to KVH, so we had them delivered to us for formal reporting and testing) confirmed the seeds were of course not purple kiwifruit, and a number were seeds from entirely different plants.

There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed:

-          seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and a phytosanitary certificate

-          it must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms

-          no seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) enforces all requirements and investigates any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. Please alert MPI if you aware of any unapproved seed imports by calling the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018
As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
1 November 2018

As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or need any help to complete your monitoring.

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Regional pest plan consultation
18 October 2018
The submission period is currently open for the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty region.  The Plan sets out which pests will be managed by the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Regional pest plan consultation
18 October 2018

The submission period is currently open for the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty region.  The Plan sets out which pests will be managed by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and the approach taken for each.  

KVH and NZKGI will be submitting on the proposed Plan and will likely comment on the management approach towards wild kiwifruit, pampas, moth plant and woolly nightshade.  KVH works closely with BOPRC to co-manage pests such as wild kiwifruit, a very successful programme and a great example of industry and local government working together to protect the environment and reduce biosecurity risk to orchards.  

Any person or organisation can submit on the proposed Plan – visit the BOPRC website for more information.  Submissions close Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Company Notices
18 October 2018
KVH biosecurity award finalists
18 October 2018
KVH is pleased to be representing kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate...
KVH biosecurity award finalists
18 October 2018

KVH is pleased to be representing kiwifruit as a finalist in the industry category at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

The awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading. They reflect the spirit of the newly launched biosecurity brand Ko Tātou This Is Us which has been created to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million – all New Zealanders.

Award winners will be announced during the annual Biosecurity Forum in Auckland on Monday 12 November 2018 (read more about the awards and all this year’s nominees here). We’ll let you know the results in that week’s Bulletin.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz