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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.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Fun Fact
12 November 2020
Did you know that during peak season there are a wopping 43,000 visitors per day out-and-about in the Bay of Plenty? And even during the low season the number is still a huge 21,000! Tourism Bay of...
Fun Fact
12 November 2020

Did you know that during peak season there are a wopping 43,000 visitors per day out-and-about in the Bay of Plenty? And even during the low season the number is still a huge 21,000!

Tourism Bay of Plenty mentioned the figures at the Biosecurity Week Symposium last week, when they talked about their aim of making sure subtle examples of best biosecuruty practice are included in future videos and promotional material – particularly when the region’s outdoors, trails, tracks and farming or food production properties are included. 

This is a really important message, especially to domestic travellers moving around the country. As well as the known risk to the kiwifruit industry of soil movements, Kauri Dieback is an example of a disease that can easily spread to new areas through soil – even a pinhead-sized amount is enough to cause serious damage.

Read more about how you can reduce the risk of pests and pathogens reaching your orchard in soil or plant material in Step 4 of the KVH Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines.

Company Notices
12 November 2020
Psa - 10 years on
12 November 2020
Over 100 guests from across the wider kiwifruit industry marked 10 years since Psa was discovered at a function hosted by KVH and held in the Zespri building last week. The event was an opportunity...
Psa - 10 years on
12 November 2020

Over 100 guests from across the wider kiwifruit industry marked 10 years since Psa was discovered at a function hosted by KVH and held in the Zespri building last week.

The event was an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the anniversary of the discovery. Guests heard from speakers including Dave Tanner (current KVH Board Chairman), Lain Jager (former Zespri CEO), Barry O’Neil (HortNZ President and former KVH CE), Peter Ombler (former NZKGI President), Shane Max (Zespri) and John Burke (inaugural General Manager of KVH). The event marked the end of Biosecurity Week in the region, including the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day.

Thank you to all those who were able to make it, and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event – it wouldn’t have been possible without you. The funds from the sponsors will also contribute towards the production of a commemorative booklet that will tell the stories of those involved and become a historical record of what happened from the many perspectives.

Click here to see images from the function.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Your free 2021 calendar
12 November 2020
There are a handful of the popular 'unwanted pest' calendars still available. If you or your organisation would like some of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity...
Your free 2021 calendar
12 November 2020

There are a handful of the popular 'unwanted pest' calendars still available. If you or your organisation would like some of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2021 calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get them in the mail to you.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Linda Peacock a Syngenta award finalist
12 November 2020
Amid improved agri conditions, a complicated global market and a pandemic, and in the face of a changing climate, there has never been a more important time to promote leadership in agriculture,...
Linda Peacock a Syngenta award finalist
12 November 2020

Amid improved agri conditions, a complicated global market and a pandemic, and in the face of a changing climate, there has never been a more important time to promote leadership in agriculture, according to Syngenta’s Paul Luxton, who today announced the 26 regional finalists of the 2020 Growth Awards.

Our very own Linda Peacock, Industry Liaison & Technical Specialist here at KVH, is one of the finalists with the independent judging panel saying they were impressed with her contributions to the agriculture industry and her thoughtful responses to their questions. Congratulations Linda!

The Syngenta Growth Awards recognise leading growers and farm advisers from different regions across Australia and New Zealand, showcasing their contribution to the industry. Nominations were by invitation and the 26 finalists will go onto the final stage of judging, with overall winners to be announced early next year.

Mr Luxton is the managing director and country head of Syngenta for Australia and New Zealand and said recognising individuals who were leading the way in agriculture was vital to the future of the sector across the two countries.

Nominees were asked to complete a series of challenging questions designed not only to demonstrate their achievements and their expertise, but to uncover their views about collaboration across the industry.

Read more from Syngenta, and see profiles on Linda and the other regional finalists here.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Biosecurity matters: Darshan and his family tell us why
12 November 2020
The kiwifruit industry has a new video star in Hume Pack-N-Cool’s Darshan Singh, who features in the industry’s latest contribution to the national Ko Tātou This Is Us biosecurity...
Biosecurity matters: Darshan and his family tell us why
12 November 2020

The kiwifruit industry has a new video star in Hume Pack-N-Cool’s Darshan Singh, who features in the industry’s latest contribution to the national Ko Tātou This Is Us biosecurity campaign.

KVH worked with Darshan and his family to produce the clip on their five-hectare Katikati orchard, championing why we want to keep harmful pests and diseases away. In the video, Darshan talks about how growing kiwifruit has been a way of life for his family for a long time and they have enjoyed the benefits that have come along with it – biosecurity is important so that this success continues for future generations he says. 

You can see the new video on the KVH YouTube channel, and KVH/Zespri social media as well as Ko Tātou This Is Us social media sites and advertising.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2020
Industry biosecurity day a success
12 November 2020
Last week there were several biosecurity events held during the region’s Biosecurity Week. On Wednesday, KVH and Zespri jointly hosted a Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day, providing the...
Industry biosecurity day a success
12 November 2020

Last week there were several biosecurity events held during the region’s Biosecurity Week. On Wednesday, KVH and Zespri jointly hosted a Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day, providing 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, particularly around one of our highest risk threats, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).  Sonia Whiteman from Zespri gave an interesting presentation about latest learnings on BMSB biology and impacts from trials in Italy, and Gonzalo Avila from Plant & Food Research explained trials underway in China and the USA to learn more about the promising biocontrol the Samurai Wasp. The information from these trials is fundamental to developing and putting in place an effective release plan for the wasp, should we ever need it in response to BMSB in New Zealand.

Biosecurity responses were discussed 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.

John also discussed with the audience the importance of surveillance for early detection of pests and diseases – vital for any successful response. As well as the specialised, targeted surveillance and trapping programmes in place across New Zealand (read more about this in the KVH Annual Update here) the general surveillance undertaken by growers greatly increases our chances of detecting harmful threats early enough to do something about them.

KVH’s Erin Lane and Linda Peacock delved into this area in more detail, with a presentation on the importance of reporting unusual symptoms seen on orchards. There have been 37 reports of unusual symptoms reported to KVH so far this year, which were summarised on the day, including case studies of how investigations take place and exactly what happens after a report is made. You can read more about unusual symptoms, and see details of recent reports, on the KVH website here.

What we know - and the knowledge gaps we’re aware need to be filled by science and research – about kiwifruit trunk diseases and the topical Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome, were discussed in light of the unusual symptoms they display. By being aware of what is normal on the orchard helps to quickly identify what is out of the ordinary and a potential sign of infection.

In support of reporting the unusual, the day ended with a demonstration of a new app to make it easier to identify potential pests and weeds. The Find-A-Pest app is free and easy to use with observations made simply by clicking the camera button or via one of the factsheets which highlight particular species of interest to the kiwifruit industry. Read more about the app and how the kiwifruit industry can make best use of it here.

Videos from the day can be watched on the KVH YouTube channel here and the individual PowerPoint presentations can be viewed below:

·         The biosecurity system is ready to respond – John Walsh, Biosecurity New Zealand

·         A partnership approach for our high-risk pests - Matt Dyck, KVH

·         Optimising innovation across the biosecurity landscape - David Teulon, B3

·         BMSB impacts and biology - Sonia Whiteman, Zespri

·         Biocontrol preparedness for BMSB - Gonzalo Avila, Plant & Food Research

·         Understanding biosecurity risk of key orchard inputs - Kerry Everett, Plant & Food Research

·         Reporting the unusual: what does this mean? - Erin Lane and Linda Peacock, KVH

·         Kiwifruit Trunk Diseases: understanding our biodiversity and risk - Joy Tyson, Plant & Food Research

·         Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome: what it is and isn’t - Sonia Whiteman, Zespri

·         Training on how to use Find-A-Pest - Claire Stewart, Scion and Erin Lane, KVH

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz