Search Site

Newsroom

Print these articles
Protocols & Movement Controls
17 September 2020
Movement of mature kiwifruit plants
17 September 2020
The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase...
Movement of mature kiwifruit plants
17 September 2020

The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase footprint and optimise orchard performance. These plants may be used by growers of existing orchards wanting to plant on new licensed areas.

There is a high risk associated with the movement of plants as kiwifruit industry risk organisms can be rapidly spread between orchards by this means.

To minimise risk and ensure consistency between movement of these plants and Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) certified nursery plants, KVH has a protocol which needs to be followed. Please see the KVH website for details.

Grower News
17 September 2020
Roadshow reminder: have your say
17 September 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Presentations started earlier this week in Nelson, Auckland and the...
Roadshow reminder: have your say
17 September 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Presentations started earlier this week in Nelson, Auckland and the Waikato, and are focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry (thank you to all those who have attended and taken part so far). Development of the Plan has advanced well and consultation information including a draft proposal, case studies, factsheets and submission form are now available on the
KVH website and will be presented at the roadshows for your input. We encourage you to come along and have your say.

If you haven’t already, you will soon receive an email from KVH reminding you to save your spot at the presentation in your area, and letting and letting you know how to RSVP. You can also view the roadshow schedule and RSVP details here - feel free to contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions at all.

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 September 2020
Mandatory monitoring underway
17 September 2020
As detailed in the last Bulletin all growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring...
Mandatory monitoring underway
17 September 2020

As detailed in the last Bulletin all growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 September 2020
Expansion of boundary in Kerikeri
17 September 2020
Part of the southern side of the Kerikeri Recovery region has been extended southward by 2.5kms.  The new boundary will follow State Highway 1 and State Highway 10 to include land north of...
Expansion of boundary in Kerikeri
17 September 2020

Part of the southern side of the Kerikeri Recovery region has been extended southward by 2.5kms. 

The new boundary will follow State Highway 1 and State Highway 10 to include land north of these roads at Pakaraka and has been adjusted to allow movement of kiwifruit plants to a green fields development (near Pakaraka). 

The status of the Kerikeri Recovery region remains unchanged. 

A map of the adjusted region can be viewed on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
17 September 2020
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
17 September 2020

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning and tying down is being completed on some orchards. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact us by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff, and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle, and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to contact us by email.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about progress in managing Psa in New Zealand and provided a summary of the 2019/20 season.

As part of the meeting, Stu also updated attendees on the proposed new Pathway Management Plan currently being consulted on with growers and industry, the 2019/20 successful Auckland fruit fly response, outcomes of the latest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) research from Italy, and emerging high-risk pests and diseases for kiwifruit.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New...
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council.

The campaign for the current high-risk season aims to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

KVH is co-funding the campaign, key aspects of which include print advertising in gardening magazines and grower publications (timed to coincide with peak holiday periods when people are in gardens and likely to spot BMSB outside); digital advertising to target online shoppers (such as those using Amazon, eBay and AliExpress) and people watching TV programmes around things like border security; and MetService ads which have been high-performing ads for us in previous years.

This year we’ll also be sponsoring an evening on television channel Choice TV, to capture the audience that may not be reached via digital. This works with sponsoring an evening’s viewing by getting ads in between programmes, and then pop ups during shows on that evening. We’re looking to sponsor an evening that focuses on DIY, gardening, outdoors, home shows etc (which is common on Choice).

The new season’s BMSB flyers and posters will be available shortly, and will be added to the stink bug page of the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Fun Fact
17 September 2020
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!! That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to...
Fun Fact
17 September 2020

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!!

That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to use them because their quad strength is apparently unparalleled.

The SLF is an emerging biosecurity threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. The pest is hard to control and is a proven invader, capable of flying out of orchards and returning later, and hitchhiking on inanimate objects.

How could it get to New Zealand? The SLF lays its eggs in clusters on smooth surfaces (including vehicles and machinery, shipping containers, and garden furniture) and covers them with a protective layer of wax. The eggs can then hitchhike on these and other imported commodities. See more on the SLF page of the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020
The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry...
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020

The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry capability.  

The micro-credential content includes biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component. It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity; what risks are present on their orchard/farm; how to prioritise and manage them; asks how practices can be put in place or improved; and demonstrates how to implement, monitor and review a biosecurity plan.

This Level 5 NZQA qualification is free to you and is being delivered by UCOL on behalf of the Primary ITO. Upcoming courses are in Kerikeri (Friday 9 October), Tauranga (Tuesday 13 October), and Hastings (Monday 19 October).

If you’re interested in enrolling, please get in touch with the Primary ITO on 0800 20 80 20 to secure your spot.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020
Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their...
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020

Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

Growers heard from a range of speakers during the day, including Kabir Shahjahan from Plant & Food Research, who presented updates on his continuing research into Hayward bud rot, as well as new research into Gold3 budrot, and how that is affected by Bounty and Bruno rootstocks. Final results from the four-year GoldFutures programme were delivered by Phil Elmer from Plant & Food Research. Sonia Whiteman from Zespri presented research on the risk of frost, and the development and updates to the KVH Psa Risk Model on behalf of Rob Beresford of Plant & Food Research. Zespri also provided updates on the future of bactericides, before the day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock from KVH that summarised how this new research fits into Psa good practice management.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and increased interest in the event, the update was opened to online participants for the first time and recorded. You can watch video from the day on the Zespri Canopy website here or on the KVH YouTube channel here. A summary of key points, and each presentation is also available below.

Presentations:

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz