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Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020
A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have...
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020

A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have previously been registered will need to ensure they have re-registered with their PMC.

Being registered for pest monitoring is a mandatory requirement for any orchard to be able to supply the China market in the 2021 season.

Monitoring will take place for scale, mealybug, leafrollers and wheatbug. Orchards not monitoring for these pests will not be eligible to supply fruit to China.

Zespri’s pre-harvest team have developed resources to assist the industry with the transition to the new pest monitoring programme which can be found on the Canopy here.

If you have questions about pest monitoring requirements for 2021 and what this means for your orchard or PMC, please contact Melanie.Walker@zespri.com.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020
In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the...
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020

In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the talks, you can now watch videos of all presentations on the KVH YouTube channel here.

The day provided the opportunity for everyone to learn more about work underway to protect the industry from unwanted pests and diseases. Key research findings, and practical examples of research the industry has been taking part in were discussed in detail – as were biosecurity responses at a national level by John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, who spoke about the different parts of the New Zealand biosecurity system and explained how they all fit together to ensure there are numerous intervention points that either stop biosecurity risk getting here, or capture and manage the risk that does make it to our shores and past our borders.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 16 December and 4 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Growers who notice other unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up over the Christmas break can contact info@kvh.org.nz for follow up.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and...
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and controlling mature plants.

We encourage you to get involved in this region-wide campaign – you’ve got a few days left to send in a couple of photos of your control work in action to info@boprc.govt.nz to be recognised for your efforts.

Woolly Nightshade is a highly invasive weed and is a host of passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns. Shelter belts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard and woolly nightshade is easy to kill.  

In this video John Mather from our KVH team shows you how to kill this weed using the 'cut and inject' method.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
In the news
26 November 2020
Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most...
In the news
26 November 2020

Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most cases, when an online order for something inanimate fails to match expectations, there’s little damage done. Some money down the drain, and perhaps a bruised ego. No major ramifications. Which is quite the opposite to the potentially immense and long-term dangers to the kiwifruit industry posed by imported seeds and plants from overseas – and often from dodgy dealers.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Fun Fact
26 November 2020
Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult...
Fun Fact
26 November 2020

Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult lanternflies can apparently keep a grip on cars going as fast as about 55k per hour!

We don’t want SLF here as it attacks over 70 host species, including kiwifruit, grapes, stonefruit and pipfruit. It has the potential to severely impact the kiwifruit industry through the accumulation of sooty mould on fruit from feeding excretions, ultimately rendering the fruit unmarketable.

See more about this unwanted pest on the KVH website, including images of SLF egg masses which look a lot like putty and could easily hitchhike on commodities imported into New Zealand (like vehicles, machinery, and garden furniture).

Image – An adult SLF crawling onto a vehicle to hitch a ride. Image credit: USDA APHIS, Lance Cheung.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020
Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years. Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on...
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020

Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years.

Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on some sites, possibly reducing vine resilience to disease, but difficult weather conditions have also played a part.

Cold stormy periods in early November resulted in a surge of spotting and Hayward flower-bud infection for higher altitude Tauranga sites and other Bay of Plenty sites have reported a lift in cane die-back for Gold3 around fruit-set.

KVH has also received reports from two young Gold development blocks in Kerikeri where NE winds have caused damage, followed by intense Psa leaf-spotting (image is from a 2019 grafted Gold3 site).

Growers on high Psa risk sites and particularly those with young plants are recommended to continue with a strong cut out and protective spray programme.

A reminder that both Green and Gold kiwifruit have a skin sensitive period where skin is at the greatest risk of marking or damage. For Green, this period is between 14-35 days post fruit set and for Gold , it’s between 21-80 days post fruitset so care should be taken when considering spraying in this period.  A reminder that Aureo Gold is an additional tool available to growers through to the six weeks after fruitset.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
BMSB on TV
12 November 2020
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ads go live from tonight on Choice TV and HGTV – helping us reach out to our target audience of gardeners and home DIYers.  The ads are part of the...
BMSB on TV
12 November 2020

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ads go live from tonight on Choice TV and HGTV – helping us reach out to our target audience of gardeners and home DIYers. 

The ads are part of the comprehensive public education programme KVH is part of alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups, known as the BMSB Council.

There will be sponsored nights throughout November and December on Thursdays (Choice TV) and Sundays (HGTV), 7.00pm – 10.30pm. There will be ads at the start and finish, and throughout the shows pop-ups will appear on screen showing BMSB crawling across people’s TVs! 

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
New Port biosecurity kits
12 November 2020
All staffrooms, portacoms and other frontline workers spaces are now equipped with basic biosecurity kits, thanks to the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, run by the Port, KVH and...
New Port biosecurity kits
12 November 2020

All staffrooms, portacoms and other frontline workers spaces are now equipped with basic biosecurity kits, thanks to the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, run by the Port, KVH and local Biosecurity New Zealand office.

The kits are a simple and useful tool to help frontline staff who work within the Port community collect, record and report anything unusual that they may find (dead or alive) when working with ships, cargo and containers on the Port, or unloading imported products.

Containing different sized plastic bags, pottles, containers, a reporting guide, and information about our most unwanted pest threats – like stink bugs – the kits also let people know what happens next and when/how Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port will be in touch to manage any further investigation.

The kits were launched as part of Biosecurity Week in the region and will continue to be rolled-out over the coming weeks.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
High-risk pests kept away
12 November 2020
We’re now 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...
High-risk pests kept away
12 November 2020

We’re now 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 no live BMSB finds

·         one dead BMSB and one Yellow Spotted Stink Bug were found post-border and investigated by Biosecurity New Zealand

·         there have been no finds of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

·         there have been three phone enquiries about fruit flies to the pest and disease hotline and one person submitted a suspected fruit fly for investigation, which was identified as a caterpillar.   

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
12 November 2020
New app makes reporting pests easy
12 November 2020
Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and we can all protect our industry investments from unwanted pests and diseases. One of the best ways we can work together is through general...
New app makes reporting pests easy
12 November 2020

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and we can all protect our industry investments from unwanted pests and diseases.

One of the best ways we can work together is through general surveillance - that is harnessing those who are out on our orchards, to contribute to gathering and reporting information around the presence of potentially new and unwanted threats. This is important because we know that early detection of unusual pests is one of the biggest indicators of a successful eradication. The earlier we catch a threat, the more options we have for eradication, resulting in more cost effective, efficient, and ultimately successful response programmes.

Reporting the unusual has been made easier with the new Find-A-Pest app, free to download from the Apple and Google app stores.

Users can easily submit photos, and any additional information (i.e. where pests were found, damage, size) straight from their phones. To ensure it is functional for our growers and kiwifruit community, we have allowed for offline reporting, which means if you are out of Wi-Fi range or mobile reception, your report will be uploaded when you return to service. The app will automatically store the date, time, and GPS location of each observation, and you can choose to obscure your location from public view, if you wish.

The app includes up-to-date factsheets and a list of pests specific to the kiwifruit industry. The factsheets cover new to New Zealand unwanted pests, such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), as well as pests that are already established in kiwifruit - this helps you to keep a watchful eye on your surroundings and look for likely threats. It also includes a general news function where KVH can relay biosecurity information, such as upcoming events, to ensure everyone remains biosecurity aware. It is also equipped with a push notification system for biosecurity alerts to help users keep up-to-date with urgent biosecurity news, such as a new incursion in your area. 

Find-A-Pest is not intended to be used in isolation, but rather in unison with other reporting methods, including calling or emailing the KVH office (on 0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz), or phoning the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline (0800 80 99 66). It aids in easy, quick and accurate detections and identifications of pests for the kiwifruit industry and beyond, which will in turn keep our industry, and New Zealand, safe from the threat of unwanted pests and diseases.

Many other primary industry groups are also using the app to build up extensive knowledge about potential threats that could have wide ranging impacts on sectors across the country, including forestry, various horticulture industries, Regional Councils, and the Department of Conservation.

Visit the Find-A-Pest website to learn more.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Strengthening our biosecurity team
12 November 2020
The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative celebrated another year of leading biosecurity excellence in the region, with its annual symposium last week. The symposium was about...
Strengthening our biosecurity team
12 November 2020

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative celebrated another year of leading biosecurity excellence in the region, with its annual symposium last week.

The symposium was about continuing to build connections across the network, with participants coming from a range of backgrounds - iwi, science, education, industry and government. What all had in common was a passion for biosecurity and a passion for protecting what we love about the region.

Around 100 members from across the biosecurity community attended the day which had a theme of ‘Impact, learnings and new thinking for biosecurity as a result of COVID-19’.

A diverse range of speakers reminded us what’s at stake when a region and nation is faced with a large-scale response, including a first-hand account from the Port of Tauranga of the importance of safely keeping trade and supply chains flowing. While on the topic of the economy, Nigel Tutt from Priority One detailed the regional economic impact of COVID-19, using Psa as a comparison of similar (but longer-term) scale, while also detailing what we are doing as a region to position ourselves for recovery.

During a session dedicated to lessons for biosecurity from the impact of coronavirus, Penny Nelson from Biosecurity New Zealand discussed how both the COVID-19 and Mycoplasma bovis responses have helped shape a new view on ‘what good looks like’ in terms of good responses, and good biosecurity behaviour. She higlighted that the TMBC initiative and partners are well placed to raise the bar even higher in the region so that we all demonstrate what ‘best’ looks like.

Bay of Plenty Tourism’s presentation during the same session also higlighted the importance of biosecurity best practice. Chief Executive Kristin Dunne signalled the intention of the organisation to subtely set examples of this in future videos and promotional material, and to work with tourism providers to ensure  messages to visitors and residents are aligned with TMBC’s biosecurity goals.

The second half of the symposium focussed on new ways of thinking about biosecurity and ensuring we keep building a biosecurity team of five million. Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness at KPMG led the session with a presentation on how we can maintain world-class biosecurity. He discussed how important it is to be prepared to manage the next big threat – at a national, regional, industry and orchard level – because we simply cannot afford another major incursion. In light of COVID-19 he made the point that elimination is not always an option in a biosecurity response but the more prepared we are, the more we are able to manage anything that comes our way.

A lot of ‘being prepared’ said Ian comes down to strong communication and the ability to share information and tell good stories. This was something John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand also discussed when he talked about his recent role leading communications and public informaiton for all of government during the COVID-19 response. The networks and connections already built by members of TMBC put the region in good stead to hit the ground running in the event of a crisis, and ensure that clear and simple information about what needs to be done, when, why and how is shared with all members of the community.

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