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Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this...
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019

The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this season. Please email karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz  your amended plans or any questions.

All bins in all regions must be clear of plant material and sanitised pre-season and between orchards. For sanitiser options refer to the KVH information sheet.

There are additional requirements for post-harvest operators moving bins between Recovery and Containment regions. Refer to the KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins for more information.  Notification to KVH is required before the first movement of any harvest bins from Recovery regions into Whangarei.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019
In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region. At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa. Psa has now...
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019

In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region.

At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa.

Psa has now been identified on four further orchards in the Whangarei region, meaning a total of five orchards are now recorded as Psa positive (including one orchard outside the Controlled Area). With the change in situation, KVH has removed the Whangarei Controlled Area and lifted the accompanying Notice of Direction issued to growers in the area. Growers and other local parties were advised last Thursday of the removal, effective immediately.

Whangarei growers have done very well in slowing the spread of Psa within the region. Growers, contractors and others must continue to ensure that Psa is not transferred between orchards and regions via any human-assisted pathway. 

National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) rules and requirements are still applicable. Rules covering movement of risk items including plants and machinery (within, into and out of the region), application of crop protection products, vine management, monitoring and reporting of Psa symptoms still apply to all orchards within the Whangarei Containment Region. Refer to the KVH protocols for more information.

Protocols & Movement Controls
29 November 2018
A plant pathway for all regions
29 November 2018
Regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa and manage risk from new or evolving forms of the disease. Following consultation with growers, KVH has...
A plant pathway for all regions
29 November 2018

Regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa and manage risk from new or evolving forms of the disease. Following consultation with growers, KVH has released a new pathway standard that will continue to manage this risk, but also enable more growers to access kiwifruit plant material, especially new varieties.

The standard provides a robust, and strictly controlled pathway that allows material from Recovery regions to be moved to Exclusion or Containment regions, with little to no increase in Psa risk.

Based on tissue culture, the pathway contains several different measures to mitigate risk over an 18-month period that reduce this risk to an acceptable level. An independent review of the pathway was undertaken by Scion Research found the pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions. Recommendations made in the review have also been adopted within the pathway.

The role of KVH is to develop a pathway and ensure risk is sufficiently managed. The movement of plant material, and costs associated with this process will now be borne by commercial parties, of which Zespri and Plant & Food Research have expressed an interest.

The standard has effect from now and any qualifying plant material for movement can be notified to KVH to begin the process of using the pathway.  If you have any questions, please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018
Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also...
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018

Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also monitored three orchards outside the Controlled area.

Infection is well controlled on the positive orchards and the only symptoms observed by KVH were minimal spotting on some Bruno suckers. Samples were taken from some orchards during this round, but no Psa positive sites were identified.

Growers in the Whangarei region, particularly those in the Controlled Area, have been regularly monitoring their vines and taking samples where there have been concerns over symptoms.

AgFirst Motueka will be completing an independent monitoring round of a selection of South Island orchards in the last week of November, to confirm the region is still Psa Not Detected.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018
Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of...
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018

Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of spreading Psa via pollen.

For the past 3 years, KVH has been collecting pollen samples from Recovery regions and had them tested by Hill Laboratories for Psa.

Last year, Psa was detected in all 11 samples tested and all 33 sub-samples. The levels of Psa detected were all high. Live Psa bacteria was found when culturing 28 of the 33 sub samples.

Please refer to KVH Protocol: Artificial Pollination for further details on requirements for pollen mills and flower collectors.

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.

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.

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.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018
This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing...
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018

This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing positive orchards. With this progression of Psa the status of the region has changed from Exclusion to Containment as per the criteria specified in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan.

For growers in the region the new detections will be disappointing as their efforts to date including removing susceptible varieties, on-orchard hygiene and compliance with movement controls have been successful in slowing the spread of Psa. However, the change to Containment status will not reduce the level of protection provided to other growers in the region as movement controls exist for the movement of risk goods between Recovery and Containment regions, and from positive to non-detected orchards within a region.

Furthermore, while infection remains in a tightly concentrated area, KVH will be keeping the existing Controlled Area Notice in place to provide further protection to growers in the region, especially those isolated from the centre of infection.

KVH has travelled to Whangarei to consult with growers and will be visiting the region again early next month to undertake monitoring rounds. It is pleasing to see that growers are undertaking monitoring in the region and a number of Psa-like samples have been submitted to the lab for testing, but fortunately these have all returned non-detected results to date (other than the four known positives mentioned above).

Updated maps and regional status information for all regions is available on the KVH website here.

Protocols and movement control information is available here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018
KVH is currently 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...
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018

KVH is currently 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 a number of 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 this pathway are available on the KVH website, including;

·         The summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers this 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 about the proposed pathway please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

To provide feedback on this pathway please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825 by 5pm Friday 2 November 2018. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 October 2018
Mandatory monitoring reminder
4 October 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring by Monday 15 October, with...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
4 October 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring by Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. This helps us monitor the degree of spread of disease and also assist in early alerts for new infection.



To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz