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Grower News
4 March 2021
Keeping up with sleeper pests
4 March 2021
Last week KVH attended a great workshop hosted by Manaaki Whenua on ‘sleeper pests’ – pest plants, animals and pathogens which are already in New Zealand but are kept in check by...
Keeping up with sleeper pests
4 March 2021

Last week KVH attended a great workshop hosted by Manaaki Whenua on ‘sleeper pests’ – pest plants, animals and pathogens which are already in New Zealand but are kept in check by factors such as host unavailability and cold; their distribution and impacts could be much larger in time, especially due to climate change.

These species also pose very different modelling challenges compared with new invaders. Modelling the impacts of new invaders is often easier as we can use data and insights from offshore to predict what their impacts might be in our current, and future environments. 

The workshop (which also included representatives from the potatoes and forestry industries, regional councils, the Department of Conservation and Biosecurity New Zealand) is part of a project to develop climate modelling techniques which will enable growers and industry groups to better understand and mitigate the effects of sleeper pests.  

It is important to be involved in such projects because we know that threats to our industry aren't only those found offshore - they could already be here, and either not exposed to kiwifruit yet, or the conditions aren’t right for impacts to occur. A great example of this is Ceratocystis fimbriata, one of our most unwanted. We know this was a native pathogen to Brazil, that when exposed to kiwifruit caused devastation to the industry, with up to 50% loss on impacted orchards.

KVH will continue to be involved in the sleeper pest project and we look forward to seeing the outputs from this work, which will add to our important preparedness efforts.

Biosecurity News
4 March 2021
Fun Fact
4 March 2021
One of the challenges of COVID-19 has been ensuring underworked detector dogs get sufficient exercise. To ensure our four-legged biosecurity sniffers stay fit for duty, Biosecurity New Zealand has a...
Fun Fact
4 March 2021

One of the challenges of COVID-19 has been ensuring underworked detector dogs get sufficient exercise.

To ensure our four-legged biosecurity sniffers stay fit for duty, Biosecurity New Zealand has a deal with Blind Low Vision NZ to use their guide dog exercise facility. This allows the dogs – including those still in training – to get a good workout and spend quality time with their handlers.

Although travel restrictions have meant a huge drop in international passenger arrivals, there is still work for detector dogs as they have an important screening role at transitional facilities and the International Mail Centre.

Biosecurity News
4 March 2021
In the news
4 March 2021
Stink bug confirmed in the UK: Scientists say the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has arrived in Britain, after most probably hitching a ride on packaging crates. Further monitoring is underway...
In the news
4 March 2021

Stink bug confirmed in the UK: Scientists say the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has arrived in Britain, after most probably hitching a ride on packaging crates.

Further monitoring is underway to determine if the pest is well established and the extent of its distribution there. KVH continues to advance our readiness for BMSB as part of the national BMSB Council, and undertaking research specific to the kiwifruit industry in partnership with Zespri.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 February 2021
Movement of mature plants
18 February 2021
The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase...
Movement of mature plants
18 February 2021

The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase footprint and optimise orchard performance. These plants may be used by growers of existing orchards wanting to plant on new licensed areas, although there is debate on whether this confers any advantage to the grower.  

The movement of plants is a relatively high-risk pathway for spreading pests and pathogens between orchards.

To minimise risk and ensure consistency between movement of these plants and Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) certified nursery plants, KVH has a protocol which needs to be followed. Please see the KVH website for details or call us to discuss if you are considering moving mature plants this season.

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!

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz