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Company Notices
13 May 2021
Visit KVH at Fieldays
13 May 2021
The KVH team will be in the Zespri hub at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 16 June to Friday 18 June. Please come and visit us for a chat. We’re in the Zespri...
Visit KVH at Fieldays
13 May 2021

The KVH team will be in the Zespri hub at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 16 June to Friday 18 June.

Please come and visit us for a chat. We’re in the Zespri stall, which has moved to a new location this year – site F49, near the Fieldays Bar & Eatery.

We are keen to discuss any questions, issues, or suggestions you have about biosecurity and introduce you to our new Chief Executive, Leanne Stewart.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Company Notices
15 April 2021
New Chief Executive announced
15 April 2021
We were delighted to announce earlier this week that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as KVH’s new Chief Executive. Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in...
New Chief Executive announced
15 April 2021

We were delighted to announce earlier this week that Leanne Stewart has been appointed as KVH’s new Chief Executive.

Leanne brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, having worked in plant health for government, international and industry organisations.

In her most recent role at Horticulture New Zealand, she has been responsible for the biosecurity, food safety and regulatory portfolios and has strong collaborative relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other primary industry groups.

Leanne is excited to be joining the team, particularly because the organisation works so closely with kiwifruit growers every day and has such great support.

“I know that growers care about the success of the industry and want to be involved in biosecurity – that is special, and I look forward to being part of it.”

Read more about Leanne, who will join KVH from Monday 31 May, in the full announcement here.

Company Notices
8 April 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021
During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal...
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
8 April 2021

During the formal consultation phase for the proposed Pathway Plan there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal and what the new Plan will mean for growers and others who work on or visit kiwifruit orchards.

These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phase) however they remain available to reference below. If you would like us to print and send you copies of any of this material, or if you would like to discuss any items, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Current reference material and latest updates about the progress of the proposal are available here.

Previous reference material

Specific information of interest from the consultation phase

Roadshows and meetings

Company Notices
7 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021
The latest Snapshot podcast is now online and features a quick chat with KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings, who starts in his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer in...
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021

The latest Snapshot podcast is now online and features a quick chat with KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings, who starts in his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer in mid-April.

Stu discusses the role, how his experience in the kiwifruit and animal health industries will help him going forward, and how important it is for industry groups like KVH to continue to work alongside both growers and central government to ensure biosecurity preparedness. 

The Snapshot podcasts are free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

Company Notices
7 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
7 April 2021

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Company Notices
1 April 2021
Farewell from Stu
1 April 2021
After three years at KVH, next week is my final week and this is my last Bulletin, as I leave the industry to take up an exciting new role as New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer at the...
Farewell from Stu
1 April 2021

After three years at KVH, next week is my final week and this is my last Bulletin, as I leave the industry to take up an exciting new role as New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

It’s difficult to reflect on my time at KVH in a few sentences but I want to acknowledge and thank you all for the support of myself and the team.

I’ve been particularly impressed with the leadership demonstrated across the industry. Everyone is willing to tackle the big challenges and issues, while remaining focused on what is best on-orchard, for growers. Late last year we acknowledged the 10-year anniversary of Psa arriving in New Zealand and it was a real reminder that the united front and proactive biosecurity thinking shown in more recent years – with the development of the proposed Pathway Plan; Auckland fruit fly response; and Mount Maunganui stink bug find - have come about because of where the industry has been in the past and what growers have been through.

Many thanks to past and present members of the KVH team and Board too. Bulletin readers will know them well and see them often – they’re a committed group of people who I have no doubt will continue to raise the bar for biosecurity practice and preparedness into the future.

I’m not going far (physically or job wise) so please do say hello if you see me around. I’ll continue to be based in the Mount and with my MPI hat on I’ll be keenly keeping up with the continuing proactive activities of KVH and the kiwifruit industry.

Company Notices
1 April 2021
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
1 April 2021
It arrived like a whisper but fast turned into a scream. Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the...
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
1 April 2021

It arrived like a whisper but fast turned into a scream. Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. Now KVH has commissioned a project which follows some of the main players from those early days of Psa and tells their stories.

Click here to read some spine-tingling excerpts from two such tales, which will be included in the upcoming special book release of reflections from the kiwifruit industry’s biggest biosecurity response and recovery.

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.

Company Notices
21 January 2021
Welcome to the new year
21 January 2021
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the...
Welcome to the new year
21 January 2021

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

Company Notices
21 January 2021
New role for KVH Chief Executive
21 January 2021
It was with sadness last week that we announced our Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will leave the organisation in April to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity...
New role for KVH Chief Executive
21 January 2021

It was with sadness last week that we announced our Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will leave the organisation in April to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer.  

Stu joined KVH in April 2018, coming to the kiwifruit industry from the world of animal health, and in his three years at the helm he has been particularly impressed with the leadership demonstrated by growers and across the industry, able to tackle big and difficult issues while always focusing on what is best for those on-orchard, producing fruit.

KVH Board Chairman David Tanner has thanked Stu for his work and commitment to a biosecurity resilient kiwifruit industry, and notes he’ll be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry in his new role.

“Under Stu’s leadership, KVH has cemented its place as an expert biosecurity organisation, working to stop unwanted pests and diseases from making their way onto our orchards and into our communities, and being well prepared in case they do get here.”

“Stu has always had a genuine focus on putting growers at the centre of everything he and his team do, and while we’re sad to see him go, we’re sure this focus will continue in his new role at Biosecurity New Zealand within the Ministry for Primary Industries and we’re delighted he’ll remain a key point of contact in the Bay of Plenty.”

The recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is underway.

Company Notices
10 December 2020
Merry Christmas from KVH
10 December 2020
The KVH team wish you a safe and joyous festive season and a pest-free new year! Although this is the last Bulletin for the year, the team are in the office and available until we close from 5.00pm...
Merry Christmas from KVH
10 December 2020

The KVH team wish you a safe and joyous festive season and a pest-free new year!

Although this is the last Bulletin for the year, the team are in the office and available until we close from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

If any urgent issues arise - or you notice unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up during this period - please contact info@kvh.org.nz or Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020
The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact...
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020

The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact info@kvh.org.nz or Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

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Tauranga 3116

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Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz