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Protocols & Movement Controls
14 May 2020
Movement of mature plants
14 May 2020
Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk biosecurity pathway for the transmission of...
Movement of mature plants
14 May 2020

Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted.

The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk biosecurity pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is important that any such movements are given careful consideration and that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate risk.

Please contact KVH (0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz) well in advance if you wish to move any mature kiwifruit vines between properties.

Biosecurity News
14 May 2020
BMSB awareness campaign proves its worth
14 May 2020
Every New Zealander has a role to play in managing the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). During the most recent high-risk season (September 2019 through to April 2020) KVH co-funded a...
BMSB awareness campaign proves its worth
14 May 2020

Every New Zealander has a role to play in managing the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

During the most recent high-risk season (September 2019 through to April 2020) KVH co-funded a nationwide summer BMSB education campaign with Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural sectors to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of the pest and increase the likelihood of early detection through surveillance.

The results of the summer campaign are in:

       There were a record number of calls to the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline (1415 calls compared to 937 the season prior).

       Website ads generated the most calls to the hotline.

       There were over 11 million views of our online ads on websites like MetService, Stuff.co.nz, TVNZ and TV3 websites.

       Just under 45,000 visits to the BMSB pages on the Biosecurity New Zealand website.

       Extra awareness activities at international airports resulted in over 130 calls from travellers reporting suspected BMSB in luggage.

       Social media advertising, videos and posts were seen by more than 14 million people.

       Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste posts and videos were the most effective social media tools.

       February recorded the highest ever number of calls to the pest hotline (323), most of which were attributed to the paid stories on two consecutive nights on the Newshub 6pm news by The Aotearoa Science Agency.

Partnerships were also a big focus of the campaign. KVH worked across the kiwifruit industry and kiwifruit growing community groups to talk about BMSB and distribute information. Some initiatives were:

       Posters, fliers, stickers, and videos shared with growers, pack-houses, transitional facilities, schools, and community groups.

       Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital focused on BMSB, especially with the large banner on the Grain Corp tanks on Hewletts Road near the Port of Tauranga.

       The Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence partnership focussed on BMSB during the local biosecurity week with staff who work on and around the port. Calendars, playing cards, key rings and pest alerts were distributed.

       All Auckland International Airport staff supplied with BMSB ID lanyard cards that were worn with security cards so any hitchhiking pests could be identified in the airport environment.

Next years campaign will target the wider public again because that is what keeps resulting in high call numbers and high ‘click throughs’ to more detailed information online. Digital/online advertising will continue to be used because we know that people are watching our ads/videos through until the end and are then ringing the pest hotline or visiting official BMSB web pages. It’s also a far-reaching medium that is very cost effective.

Partnerships with the kiwifruit industry through KVH, Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and the Port of Tauranga Excellence programme will continue as they are all working well and generate interest and calls, as well as keeping BMSB top of mind for key audiences.

The artwork and design of the BMSB campaign (the blue NZ maps) has been surveyed and found to be well liked, and results in people carrying out the desired behaviour of knowing what to look for and how to make a report. It isn’t always well recognised over the long-term though, so a revamp will be considered for the 2020/21 BMSB season.

Biosecurity News
14 May 2020
Express freight survey shows low biosecurity risk
14 May 2020
A recent Biosecurity New Zealand survey shows risk from express freight is being well managed. Carried out from December 2019 to February 2020, the survey found express freight items arriving in New...
Express freight survey shows low biosecurity risk
14 May 2020

A recent Biosecurity New Zealand survey shows risk from express freight is being well managed.

Carried out from December 2019 to February 2020, the survey found express freight items arriving in New Zealand were almost 100% (99.996%) compliant with biosecurity requirements.

Express freight is air cargo that has guaranteed delivery times and is often delivered directly to the door.

The survey was prompted by an independent review of passenger and mail services last year, which recommended Biosecurity New Zealand test the assumption that express freight is low risk.

Electronic import documents are currently screened to identify anything that needs to be examined further, however the survey suggested further work to ensure the actual contents of parcels match what is declared. As a result, Biosecurity New Zealand says it will look at ways to beef up verification, including ongoing surveys, screening with mobile x-ray machines and increased use of detector dogs.

The survey involved examining nearly 2500 parcels across five express freight companies.

Biosecurity News
14 May 2020
Wanted: Waihi weather station host
14 May 2020
We’re looking for a new home for the Waihi weather station, to support local growers. The station is part of our network of weather stations across the country and needs a new site because...
Wanted: Waihi weather station host
14 May 2020

We’re looking for a new home for the Waihi weather station, to support local growers.

The station is part of our network of weather stations across the country and needs a new site because changes to the original orchard it was hosted on mean it’s no longer an ideal setting.

If you think you might be interested in hosting this valuable addition to our Psa Risk Model, please contact info@kvh.org.nz or call Linda Peacock on 027 475 2909 to talk about the criteria of a suitable site and the process of a site visit. You may also like to have a quick read of our weather station guidelines here.

Biosecurity News
14 May 2020
BOTRY-Zen now has a full claim against Psa
14 May 2020
The biological BOTRY-Zen now holds a full registration through ACVM as a biological control option for Psa. A limited label claim was initially achieved in 2013. Plant & Food Research is...
BOTRY-Zen now has a full claim against Psa
14 May 2020

The biological BOTRY-Zen now holds a full registration through ACVM as a biological control option for Psa.

A limited label claim was initially achieved in 2013. Plant & Food Research is the research provider for Botry-Zen (2001) Ltd and has carried out field trials that have contributed to ACVM granting label claims for the product, for the control of Psa in kiwifruit.

BOTRY-Zen holds certified Biogro status and offers an additional control option for all growers.  It is best used as part of an integrated control programme and is better suited to low Psa pressure situations. The product contains Ulocladium oudemansii U3 spores as the active ingredient and application when temperatures are above 15 degrees is recommended as optimal for rapid spore generation and spread.

At this time of the season, growers can apply BOTRY-Zen post-harvest and then again after pruning. The product can be tank mixed with one other compatible product such as copper or Actigard and may be applied to mature vines, development blocks and nursery plants.

BOTRY-Zen is available through major retailers.

Spray information on the KVH website has been updated to reflect BOTRY-Zen’s full label claim.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz