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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
3 February 2021
Proposed Pathway Plan reference material
3 February 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
3 February 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These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phase) however they remain available to reference below.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
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.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020
Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity...
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020

Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases.

At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity Awards held in Wellington Monday 16 November, Linda Peacock was awarded the Minister’s Biosecurity Award for services to the kiwifruit industry, and KVH accepted the New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award for outstanding commitment to biosecurity, on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

The awards recognise the pivotal role people from within the kiwifruit industry, and KVH as an organisation, have had in managing Psa since the initial outbreak of the disease and in developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost our biosecurity integrity.

This is recognition for the industry as a whole and celebrates the partnership approach we’ve all taken together to ensure we’re better placed for any future biosecurity event.

There is no doubt that by working in partnership, we can achieve better biosecurity outcomes. The entire industry has embraced a collaborative approach for many years and it was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all our growers and those across the kiwifruit industry who support our work and come together as one committed team.

Read more about the awards here.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020
KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far. With the consultation period open for...
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020

KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far.

With the consultation period open for a few more weeks (until Friday 11 December) we thought it would be useful to check-in with the industry by summarising what we have heard so far and how we propose to address this feedback. A document summarising the consultation process to date; what we’ve heard; how we’ve taken support and suggested areas of improvement into account; and next steps can be found on the KVH website here.

Our intent with this document is to provide confidence that we have listened, and taken appropriate measures to address the feedback recieved.  We have chosen to do this now so that if you feel we haven’t got this quite right there is still opportunity for further engagement or submissions while the consultation process is running.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the proposal, and if you have any comments on any aspect of the Pathway Plan – good or bad – please send them in to us by emailing info@kvh.org.nz or by filling in the submission form available online.

Company Notices
12 November 2020
Psa - 10 years on
12 November 2020
Over 100 guests from across the wider kiwifruit industry marked 10 years since Psa was discovered at a function hosted by KVH and held in the Zespri building last week. The event was an opportunity...
Psa - 10 years on
12 November 2020

Over 100 guests from across the wider kiwifruit industry marked 10 years since Psa was discovered at a function hosted by KVH and held in the Zespri building last week.

The event was an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the anniversary of the discovery. Guests heard from speakers including Dave Tanner (current KVH Board Chairman), Lain Jager (former Zespri CEO), Barry O’Neil (HortNZ President and former KVH CE), Peter Ombler (former NZKGI President), Shane Max (Zespri) and John Burke (inaugural General Manager of KVH). The event marked the end of Biosecurity Week in the region, including the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day.

Thank you to all those who were able to make it, and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event – it wouldn’t have been possible without you. The funds from the sponsors will also contribute towards the production of a commemorative booklet that will tell the stories of those involved and become a historical record of what happened from the many perspectives.

Click here to see images from the function.

Company Notices
29 October 2020
Psa 10 years on: join us to recollect, reflect, and reconnect
29 October 2020
As mentioned in the last Bulletin, next Thursday 5 November will be the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. KVH is hosting an event to acknowledge this – it’s not...
Psa 10 years on: join us to recollect, reflect, and reconnect
29 October 2020

As mentioned in the last Bulletin, next Thursday 5 November will be the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. KVH is hosting an event to acknowledge this – it’s not intended as a celebration (though there is a lot to celebrate), but an opportunity to recollect, reflect, and reconnect with those that were at the core of the response and have shaped the recovery in the past 10 years.  Read more about the evening here.

This event is open to growers and industry participants however numbers are limited.  If you wish to come along to hear the recollections please RSVP to info@kvh.org.nz.

Where: Zespri building, 400 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 5 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.30pm  
RSVP: info@kvh.org.nz

Company Notices
29 October 2020
Proposed Pathway Plan progress
29 October 2020
Thank you to all those who joined us last week at the contractor’s event about the Pathway Plan. The night was an opportunity to talk about the finer details of the proposed Plan and learn...
Proposed Pathway Plan progress
29 October 2020

Thank you to all those who joined us last week at the contractor’s event about the Pathway Plan.

The night was an opportunity to talk about the finer details of the proposed Plan and learn more about what the best tools and resources might be to enable implementation of best biosecurity practice in the simplest and easiest manner. We had great support for the proposal from the contractors in attendance and we were delighted to hear there was also agreement that when it comes to having biosecurity plans for how risk is managed on-orchard and between orchards, there is no ‘one size fits all’ - what’s important is that minimum standards are met across the industry and individuals have plans and agreements in place that reflect any biosecurity risk that comes with their work. More information about how the proposed Plan would be implemented and what a biosecurity plan might look like is available here.

If you haven’t already spoken with one of the team about the proposal and want to, or have more that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and if you know of anyone or any group that would like us to meet with them please let us know by either phoning us on 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Short case studies and one-page fact sheets about various aspects of the proposal are available in the Pathway Plan information hub we’ve added to the KVH website, as are more formal documents such as the full Pathway Plan proposal, and cost and impact analyses. The cost benefit analysis document has been updated and now includes an executive summary; a new scenario for measuring possible impacts should the proposed Pathway Plan not be adopted; and minor changes throughout to provide more detailed explanations of how assumptions within the analysis were formed.

We welcome all comments and submissions, either by completing the form on the website or by sending an email to info@kvh.org.nz. We have extended the timeline for consultation and submissions to Friday 11 December 2020 in recognition of the levels of feedback we have received, so that we can work through this and have additional discussions that ensure we develop a robust proposal.

Company Notices
15 October 2020
Psa - 10 years on
15 October 2020
The date was 5 November 2010, the time was 4.45pm and the message would rock the New Zealand kiwifruit industry to its core - the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. The day is etched in the...
Psa - 10 years on
15 October 2020

The date was 5 November 2010, the time was 4.45pm and the message would rock the New Zealand kiwifruit industry to its core - the discovery of Psa in New Zealand.

The day is etched in the industry’s history and the feeling of emptiness felt was shared by the kiwifruit industry the length and breadth of New Zealand.

From that moment until today, the kiwifruit industry and partners worked tirelessly to rebuild, re-graft and ensure the industry recovered and prospered. The mission was to share information, build on current research and development and learn all we could to survive this incursion and go on to thrive. This included pastoral care and a lot of kindness which has been evident to see.

5 November 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of that fateful day and KVH intends to host an event to acknowledge that we are now 10 years on, on the evening of the anniversary. This is not intended as a celebration (though there is a lot to celebrate), but an opportunity to recollect, reflect, and reconnect with those that were at the core of the response and have shaped the recovery in the past 10 years. 

This event is open to growers and industry participants however numbers are limited.  If you wish to come along to hear the recollections please RSVP from Monday 19 October to info@kvh.org.nz.

Where: Zespri building, 400 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 5 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.30pm  
RSVP: From Monday 19 October to
info@kvh.org.nz

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Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz