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11 July 2019
AGM special guest
11 July 2019
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will start at 9am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. Roger Smith, Deputy Director-General Biosecurity New Zealand will...
AGM special guest
11 July 2019

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will start at 9am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

Roger Smith, Deputy Director-General Biosecurity New Zealand will be attending the AGM as a guest presenter, providing an update on the work being done to protect our borders and improve biosecurity risk management on all pathways (air passenger, cruise, mail, freight).   

Roger and his team have responsibility for delivering border clearance services, incursion diagnostics, surveillance, and response management. He has over 30 years' experience in trade and border management and has also previously served in both Brussels and Washington DC.

Growers should have now received their AGM online voting information by email (or post if email is not available), including a personalised pin number and password. Login here to vote.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019
These are some images of common species notified to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) during the recent Auckland responses. Can you spot the fruit fly? Click here to see if you got it...
Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019

These are some images of common species notified to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) during the recent Auckland responses. Can you spot the fruit fly?

Click here to see if you got it right.

R&D News
11 July 2019
Psa research day
11 July 2019
Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, our industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio we continue to invest on industry...
Psa research day
11 July 2019

Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, our industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis.

Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio we continue to invest on industry behalf to improve the tools we have in our toolbox for managing Psa.

We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to join us for a session designed to profile our objectives for future Psa management, current research activities and key research outcomes from the past year.

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, Mount Maunganui
When: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 1.00pm – 5.00pm including afternoon tea

If you would like to attend please click here to register your attendance as spaces are limited.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Stink bug rules beefed up
11 July 2019
KVH is pleased with new rules provisionally released by Biosecurity New Zealand to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand. The new regulations will apply to this year’s...
Stink bug rules beefed up
11 July 2019

KVH is pleased with new rules provisionally released by Biosecurity New Zealand to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand.

The new regulations will apply to this year’s stink bug season, which starts 1 September 2019 and runs through to 30 April 2020.

Following consultation with industry, the list of countries that have requirements to treat imported vehicles, machinery, and parts before they arrive in New Zealand will rise from 17 to 33. These countries have all been identified as having stink bug populations.

The other big change is that imported cargo relating to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers. Only non-containerised vehicle cargo has required offshore treatment in the past.

Offshore treatment requirements will also apply to all sea containers from Italy.

The new rules reduce the biosecurity risk to New Zealand and the kiwifruit industry, by ensuring potentially contaminated cargo arrives as clean as possible. Biosecurity New Zealand is also planning to have officers based in Europe this season to educate manufacturers, treatment providers, and exporters about the new requirements and to audit facilities.

The release of the new import health standard is provisional for 10 days so that interested parties that provided a submission can contest the new rules before they are finalised.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
KiwiNet prepared for next response
11 July 2019
Last week KVH ran it’s six monthly KiwiNet workshop, with around 60 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The theme for the workshop was industry...
KiwiNet prepared for next response
11 July 2019

Last week KVH ran it’s six monthly KiwiNet workshop, with around 60 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The theme for the workshop was industry preparedness, and focused on sharing knowledge and expertise about the ongoing Auckland fruit fly response, the contribution KiwiNet has made, and how we can all continue to work together so that the networks input to the next response can be greater, if called upon.

Guests from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AsureQuality (AQ) joined the workshop to provide exclusive insights into response decision-making, impacts, and operational activities.

After presentations from KVH about the role of the kiwifruit industry in the response at a Governance level, and Zespri about the market responses to fruit fly and industry logistics, there was a panel discussion to provide a 360-degree overview of what it’s like on a response and what KiwiNet volunteers should know for next time.

The panel discussed KiwiNet members skills and experiences and how these could be enhanced with extra training opportunities, the types of support available from AQ and KVH before and during responses, and logistics arrangements that would help future volunteers in the field.

A portion of the worskhop focused on raising awareness about wider kiwifruit biosecurity initiatives, including presentations about the new on-orchard biosecurity guidelines booklet and the updated Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list.  

From here, KiwiNet members and KVH will work on improvements that can be made to the model to ensure the very best, well prepared industry resource is always available in a major biosecurity response. 

Read more about KiwiNet
here or in the June/July issue of the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Last call for biosecurity champions
11 July 2019
If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements. There are several award categories for...
Last call for biosecurity champions
11 July 2019



If
you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements. There are several award categories for individuals, organisations, and community groups at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards - KVH won the Industry Award last year and we’d love to see the kiwifruit industry represented again!

Visit the This Is Us website to learn more about the award categories and how to enter. Be quick – entries close Wednesday 24 July 2019.  

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
From the frontline
11 July 2019
Some interesting border interceptions caught our eye in the latest edition of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Border Space newsletter (which you can subscribe to here)...
From the frontline
11 July 2019

Some interesting border interceptions caught our eye in the latest edition of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Border Space newsletter (which you can subscribe to here) ....

·         Ghost busting fine: Ghost busting was the reason given by an arriving passenger at Auckland Airport for nearly 1kg of limes detected during a baggage search. She intended to hang them in her room to ward off ghosts. The limes were bundled into yellow cloth with string and had apparently been blessed at a temple. The passenger said she did not regard the limes as food, so did not declare them, resulting in a $400 fine.

·         Mango tree in the post: An international parcel declared as a decoration turned out to be a live mango tree, complete with its own family of scale insects. A Biosecurity New Zealand officer detected the falsely declared parcel (from Thailand) on the x-ray belt at the International Mail Centre.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Cute crime stopper
11 July 2019
Speaking of more dog teams, this is Mahi, a new puppy born in March under the Detector Dog Breeding Programme. Mahi, means “work” in Te Reo Māori and is a fitting name for a biosecurity...
Cute crime stopper
11 July 2019

Speaking of more dog teams, this is Mahi, a new puppy born in March under the Detector Dog Breeding Programme. Mahi, means “work” in Te Reo Māori and is a fitting name for a biosecurity dog destined to protect our borders for a living!

Mahi is now with a foster family to be socialised before undergoing formal training. If you, or anyone you know, might want to foster a detector dog puppy in the future, you can find more information about the progamme online here.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
CEO hosting next Future Leaders event
11 July 2019
Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson will be holding court at the July Future Leaders event, discussing the organisation’s AGM and providing a season update. Where: Zespri Hub, 400 Maunganui Road, Mount...
CEO hosting next Future Leaders event
11 July 2019

Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson will be holding court at the July Future Leaders event, discussing the organisation’s AGM and providing a season update.

Where: Zespri Hub, 400 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
When: Thursday 25 July 2019, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

If you would like to attend please RSVP to info@nzkgi.org.nz by Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Read more about the Future Leaders network here.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Answer: Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019
If you guessed number four you’re correct – four is the Queensland Fruit Fly, a major pest at the centre of the responses on the North Shore of Auckland....
Answer: Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019

If you guessed number four you’re correct – four is the Queensland Fruit Fly, a major pest at the centre of the responses on the North Shore of Auckland.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
More scrutiny for unaccredited cruise ships
11 July 2019
Unaccredited cruise ships will face additional scrutiny from Biosecurity New Zealand this coming season – including more port inspections as they travel around the country and more dog teams...
More scrutiny for unaccredited cruise ships
11 July 2019

Unaccredited cruise ships will face additional scrutiny from Biosecurity New Zealand this coming season – including more port inspections as they travel around the country and more dog teams sniffing passengers on the gangway.

The accreditation scheme has worked well since its introduction in 2016, and the aim is to have it adopted by all arriving cruise vessels. The cruise industry has largely embraced the scheme, which involves stocking vessels with approved stores and being very proactive in educating passengers about New Zealand’s biosecurity rules. During the last season (which finished in May), only 4% of arriving vessels were unaccredited.

Unaccredited vessels that wish to avoid possible delays for disembarking passengers have the option of becoming a quarantine exempt vessel, which entails surrendering all stores to Biosecurity New Zealand officers at the first port of arrival and replenishing with approved food. This option is only feasible for smaller vessels that don’t carry much food - two cruise lines have elected this option for the coming season.

Cruise ship accreditation at a glance

·         Biosecurity New Zealand adopted the accreditation programme for cruise vessels following a successful trial in the 2016/17 season.

·         The scheme gives confidence that passengers from accredited vessels pose very low biosecurity risk.

·         Fresh produce and other food items aboard the vessels are vetted to ensure they meet strict biosecurity standards (like imported produce available in New Zealand supermarkets).

·         Vessels are also expected to provide biosecurity education to passengers before landing in New Zealand.

·         The programme has improved biosecurity – the seizure rate is lower for accredited vessels compared with unaccredited vessels.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz