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Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Pathway Plan submitted
29 April 2021
After a two-week review period, KVH has submitted the proposal for a kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan to Government. Thank you again to everyone for taking part in the development of the...
Pathway Plan submitted
29 April 2021

After a two-week review period, KVH has submitted the proposal for a kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan to Government.

Thank you again to everyone for taking part in the development of the Plan, and for sharing your thoughts on the proposal. We received useful feedback during the consultation phases in 2019 and 2020, which resulted in changes and a refined proposal that we believe is a robust plan for the management of biosecurity risk while also being pragmatic and practical.

The extensive formal proposal document (and a shorter summary of the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and the changes that were made as a result) remains available for reference on the KVH website.

From here, it is likely that the parliamentary process (where the proposal is assessed and approved by the Minister for Biosecurity, based on official’s advice) will take approximately 12 months. KVH will continue to work alongside growers and industry to prepare for implementation of the proposal from 1 April 2022, including developing materials and hosting workshops for all.

If you have any questions about the Plan or the next steps, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Trans-Tasman travel on the cards?
29 April 2021
The Trans-Tasman bubble is open, which means new ads are popping up in airports across Australia reminding travellers of New Zealand’s strict biosecurity requirements. It’s been a while...
Trans-Tasman travel on the cards?
29 April 2021

The Trans-Tasman bubble is open, which means new ads are popping up in airports across Australia reminding travellers of New Zealand’s strict biosecurity requirements.

It’s been a while since most of us have travelled internationally, so if you’re going overseas, don’t forget to clean your shoes and check your bags for fruit or other biosecurity risk items when you return to New Zealand. If you have anything, chuck it in the bin or declare it to avoid a $400 fine.

If you have any visitors coming to your place – especially your orchard – be sure to remind them too.

KVH has put together a useful poster outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what you can expect when returning through border control (if you happen to be travelling at this time). We can print the poster for you and send it out to you if you like – contact us at info@kvh.org.nz with postal details. 

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
29 April 2021
Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago, in November 2020, and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. In...
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
29 April 2021

Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago, in November 2020, and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

In honour of this anniversary KVH has commissioned and just released a keepsake booklet which captures some of the stories from the early days of Psa.  While many growers would prefer to forget these harrowing days, capturing these stories and the lessons from our past experiences is important to improve our preparedness for future incursions and share these lessons with others. Read the tales from the April 2021 special book release of reflections from the kiwifruit industry’s biggest biosecurity response and recovery here.

If you’re a subscriber to the Kiwifruit Journal, you’ll also receive a printed copy in the latest edition (April/May) in the post now.

We are extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship and support from the many organisations that contributed to the production of the booklet, and those who have been willing to share their stories. 

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
BMSB caught
29 April 2021
We’re still in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and there have been a couple of finds over the last few weeks, proving we can never let our guard down. A live BMSB...
BMSB caught
29 April 2021

We’re still in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and there have been a couple of finds over the last few weeks, proving we can never let our guard down.

A live BMSB was found at a transitional facility in Auckland, in tiles from Italy, and a dead bug was found in a returnee’s managed isolation hotel room. Both events were thoroughly investigated with no further BMSB detected.

The total number of live BMSB found this season is now 48 – compared to 57 at the same point in the previous season. 

Read more in the latest BMSB risk update, produced by KVH each month. It includes data about detections, explains the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage risk, and details our preparedness activities.

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Fun Fact
29 April 2021
100 million …. read that again …. 100 million! That’s approximately how many insects are being used throughout South Australia to help eradicate unwanted fruit flies. The...
Fun Fact
29 April 2021

100 million …. read that again …. 100 million! That’s approximately how many insects are being used throughout South Australia to help eradicate unwanted fruit flies.

The Riverland region (about three hours’ drive from Adelaide) is ‘under siege’ and battling numerous outbreaks of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF), which could cost local farmers and communities millions of dollars. In metropolitan Adelaide, as well as QFF, they are battling 10 cases of Mediterranean Fruit Fly outbreaks, covering more than 310 suburbs.

Releasing sterile fruit flies is part of eradication efforts, aimed at ending the life cycle of wild flies.

The technique involves the breeding and sterilisation of male fruit flies with an x-ray before they are released into an area with a wild population. Once the sterile male flies are released in an infested area, they mate with wild female fruit flies which eventually become outnumbered and die out.

Currently, officials are releasing around a few million flies per week as part of a six-week programme which will then be reviewed and increased if needs be.

KVH supports collaborative sterile QFF research activities that are underway between New Zealand and Australia as an integral component of our readiness activities for one of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted threats. Read more on our fruit flies web page.

Biosecurity News
22 April 2021
Biosecurity 2025
22 April 2021
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
22 April 2021

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025 and there are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting here or helping to stop their spread if they do arrive. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more.

KVH produces resources that help every person with a connection to the kiwifruit industry know that they also have a special role in managing the threat of unwanted pests and diseases. 

 

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Listen to the latest news
15 April 2021
A new Snapshot podcast is out now, featuring a chat with Stu Hutchings, in his final days as Chief Executive at KVH. Stu started his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer this...
Listen to the latest news
15 April 2021

A new Snapshot podcast is out now, featuring a chat with Stu Hutchings, in his final days as Chief Executive at KVH. Stu started his new role as New Zealand's first Chief Biosecurity Officer this week.

Stu discusses the role, how his experience in the kiwifruit and animal health industries will help him look into New Zealand’s biosecurity systems, 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.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
High-risk pests kept away
15 April 2021
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests. The latest updates for each...
High-risk pests kept away
15 April 2021

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – some of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted pests.

The latest updates for each are now available on the KVH website, showing that since the start of the high-risk season in September:

  • there have been 47 live BMSB finds, compared to 57 at the same point in the previous season
  • there have been no finds of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)
  • there has been one detection of another type of fruit fly – the Pacific Fruit Fly - which was found on the freight pathway, in watermelon from Tonga, last October.

The BMSB and fruit fly risk updates produced by KVH each month include data about any detections, explain the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage the risk these threats pose, and our preparedness in case they get here.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021
KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey. We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay...
Appreciation of interest in the Phytophthora survey
15 April 2021

KVH would like to thank all growers who offered their sites for inclusion in the industry Phytophthora survey.

We’re thrilled to have 25 orchards (stretching from Waihi to Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, and from Otorohonga to Pukemoremore in the Waikato) sampled this autumn.

The next sample round will be in spring, with focus shifting to the South Island growing region, and north to Auckland, Whangarei and Kerikeri.

This work is an important part of how we prepare for threats we don’t already have here, so that we can respond quickly and effectively to any new detections. Invasive Phytophthora are one of our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted, based on the likelihood of them entering and establishing in New Zealand, and the potential production impacts should this occur.

If you have vines with known or suspected Phytophthora symptoms – in any growing region – and want to talk about being included in the project, please get in touch by emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

This is a joint industry project between KVH, Zespri, Plant & Food Research, and Biosecurity New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021
Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana...
The great biosecurity hunt continues
15 April 2021

Think you’re an adventurer? Think you’ve got what it takes to hunt down our ‘most wanted’ invasive insects, animals, weeds and diseases? If you’re in Tauranga Moana don’t forget about the interactive and fun pest hunts underway.

There are hunts in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, and Papamoa. Complete the hunt closest to where you live or do all three. There are six invasive insects, animals, weeds, and diseases ‘hiding’ throughout each location that you catch using any smartphone and the free Actionbound geocaching app.

Each completed hunt goes into the draw to win from a $2500 prize pool supporting our local tourism and hospitality businesses.

Details and step-by-step guides for playing are available at www.greathunt.co.nz. Good luck!

The hunt has been put together by the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative, of which KVH is an active member, raising biosecurity awareness throughout the community and local schools as an extra layer of protection for our industry and orchards.

Biosecurity News
15 April 2021
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021
With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations. By privately connecting...
Get localised weather and disease information
15 April 2021

With the recent updates to the KVH Weather & Disease Portal, progress is being made on the ability for kiwifruit growers to privately connect their own weather stations.

By privately connecting a weather station to the portal, the data from that station becomes available for use in the various tools, like the Psa-V risk model or chill unit calculator.

This has the potential to localise the output to specific orchards and make the service available to new locations outside the current coverage areas. 

There is still more work to do in this space, however we are looking to better understand the range of equipment and are calling out to growers interested in this functionality. If you haven't registered your interest already, please contact info@kvh.org.nz and we’ll be in touch.

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