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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.

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.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021
Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so...
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021

Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so you don’t miss out!

The event starts Thursday 25 February with a 5pm briefing, followed by fishing from 9pm through to the afternoon of Saturday 27 February. After weigh-in from 3pm-5pm there will be a prizegiving, including categories for heaviest and average weight per species, as well as spot prizes.

Species categories include snapper, kingfish, kahawai, terakihi, and trevally.

When: Thursday 25 February to Saturday 27 February 2021
How to register: Register online here by Friday 12 February. Spaces are limited and on a first in first served basis so get in quick.
Payment and details: The cost is $30 per angler - anglers must be related to the industry, and boats must have at least one grower registered. One fish per species per angler.

All growers are welcome. If you have any questions, or have spare space on your boat or are keen to attend but have no boat, please contact Zespri Grower Liaison Manager Casie Rudnicki by email or phone 027 271 2695.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021
Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences. Building and...
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021

Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences.

Building and strengthening this platform to support our community of women is important. A survey of members in 2020 showed interest in establishing a committee to drive engagement opportunities - and now there’s an opportunity for you to join in.

Being a member of the Women in Kiwifruit Network committee, you will have the opportunity to provide support through networking, face-to-face events, professional and personal development, and mentoring. Committee experience is not required, but a passion for the industry is essential.

Prospective committee members must be able to commit to attend at least 80% of committee meetings either in person or virtually (around six per year as decided by the committee). A strong commitment is also required in helping to organise and attend Women in Kiwifruit events (approximately two to three each year) outside of attendance at Committee meetings.

Positions available include Chairperson, Treasurer, Marketing, Administration, Health and Safety, and Programme coordinator roles. 

If you’re interested in taking up one of these opportunities, please contact Zespri by email for an application form by Friday 26 February 2021.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise...
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise awareness against bias? Act for equality?

Come along to the Women in Kiwifruit International Women’s Day event for a guest speaker, workshop, announcement of the Women in Kiwifruit network committee, and networking lunch.

When: 9am – 1pm, Monday 8 March 2021
Where: Trustpower Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
How to register: Join the Women in Kiwifruit Facebook page and keep an eye out for more information about how to reserve your spot.

Grower News
29 October 2020
Last chance to save your spot at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
29 October 2020
KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day next Wednesday 4 November 2020. Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives...
Last chance to save your spot at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
29 October 2020

KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day next Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives underway to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, the day will feature a series of presentations that highlight the latest happenings in biosecurity research and response preparedness.

Guest speakers include Directors from the Ministry for Primary Industries and research initiative Better Border Biosecurity.

Local and international kiwifruit specific research supported by KVH and Zespri will be shared, including presentations to help better understand how we could use Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) biocontrol agents in kiwifruit orchards, and what we know about Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome.

KVH will share what happens with unusual symptom reports and the day will close with a demonstration of the popular Find A Pest app that uses innovative technologies and scientist’s expertise to help users identify and notify potential pests.

Come along to see and hear all the latest news – this event sold out last year so get in quick to save your spot.

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Wednesday 4 November 2020, 9.00am – 1.00pm including morning tea
RSVP: Online
here

Grower News
1 October 2020
Pathway Plan virtual meeting
1 October 2020
Thank you to all those who have so far met with us to discuss the proposed new Pathway Plan. We welcome all feedback and encourage everyone to have a say on this important proposal for better...
Pathway Plan virtual meeting
1 October 2020

Thank you to all those who have so far met with us to discuss the proposed new Pathway Plan. We welcome all feedback and encourage everyone to have a say on this important proposal for better management of biosecurity risk across the kiwifruit industry. 

We’re also planning a virtual presentation during the evening of Wednesday 14 October for those who were unable to come along to any of the presentations in the regions (or those who would like to hear more). This will also allow us to discuss feedback received so far and answer any questions you may have about the detail of the proposal. 

So that we can tailor the presentation to suit you, we ask that you RSVP in advance here. Closer to the time you will receive an email that includes a link so you can dial in to the meeting.

We encourage you to join us for what will be an informative and interactive presentation.

When: Wednesday 14 October, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
RSVP: Online here

Grower News
3 September 2020
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually. If you have...
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually.

If you have already registered to physically attend on the day, you will have received an email from Zespri yesterday detailing plans for the day amidst uncertainty of Alert Levels at this stage and how you can confirm your attendance. 

Joining the event virtually is a simple process and only requires you to have a device such as a laptop, desktop or smart phone. 

Please register your interest by email to victoria.goldsbro@zespri.com if you wish to attend this event virtually and you will receive instructions by email on how to join on the Monday before the event (7 September).

A reminder, the day is for growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research. Key outcomes will be shared from the research portfolio that will help refine on-orchard Psa disease management programmes.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
RSVP: Register interest in virtual attendance by email
here.

Grower News
3 September 2020
NZKGI food bank appeal
3 September 2020
  Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the wage subsidy ending, our communities are going through some tough times and there is unprecedented demand for food bank services. To contribute...
NZKGI food bank appeal
3 September 2020

 
Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the wage subsidy ending, our communities are going through some tough times and there is unprecedented demand for food bank services. To contribute towards helping people who live in our communities, NZKGI has organised a food bank appeal which runs through to next Friday 11 September. More information – including details about drop-off points for donations – is available here.

Grower News
6 August 2020
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
6 August 2020
Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research? We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our...
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
6 August 2020

Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research?

We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our objective is to share key outcomes from the research portfolio that will help you refine your on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

A final programme for the day will be confirmed closer to the time. For now, we recommend you register early (this event sold-out last year) and we will keep you updated.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Online
here

Grower News
6 August 2020
Roadshow reminder: save the date
6 August 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running from 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed...
Roadshow reminder: save the date
6 August 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Running from 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Development of the Plan has advanced well and a consultation package including a draft proposal, factsheets and submission form will be available in early September and presented at the roadshows for your input before it is finalised. We encourage you to come along and have your say. View the roadshow schedule here. 

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