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Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
Locals thanked for response support
2 May 2019
KVH and other members of the fruit fly response team were in Auckland during the weekend running several thank you events. The response team had a presence at the Otara markets on Saturday, and...
Locals thanked for response support
2 May 2019

KVH and other members of the fruit fly response team were in Auckland during the weekend running several thank you events.

The response team had a presence at the Otara markets on Saturday, and the Northcote shopping mall and Devonport ferry terminal on Sunday.

In Otara and Devonport the events were designed to thank those heavily affected by the restrictions in place to limit the movement of fruit during the response, and hand out tote bags that included information about response activities (such as how much fruit was collected, how many bins and signs were put out etc) and the role the public has played in stopping a population establishing.

In Northcote, there was a focus on thanking people for their efforts thus far and reminding them that restrictions are still in place, as well as how to identify flies/larvae and what to do if they spot anything unusual. Tote bags with information leaflets and other giveaways were handed out.

The events were busy and positive, with high levels of awareness and input from the public.

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
KiwiNet making a difference in the fruit fly fight
2 May 2019
KiwiNet – the kiwifruit industry’s official team of selected people who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of kiwifruit industry resources into bioseucrity...
KiwiNet making a difference in the fruit fly fight
2 May 2019

KiwiNet – the kiwifruit industry’s official team of selected people who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of kiwifruit industry resources into bioseucrity responses – has been heavily involved in the Auckland fruit fly response.

There have been more than 165 staff days so far contributed by KiwiNet members, who have used their skills and expertise to help with trapping, ground surveying, fruit collection, and public awareness activities.

Profiles of two team members have been published, sharing their experience working on the frontline – read all about Lori from OPAC and Sheryl from EastPack.

You can also view a collection of images from KiwiNet members on the response
here.

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
BMSB season comes to a close
2 May 2019
Since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018 there have been 212 live BMSB detected. Read more in the latest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk update. The update includes...
BMSB season comes to a close
2 May 2019

Since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018 there have been 212 live BMSB detected.

Read more in the latest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk update.

The update includes latest interception data, surveillance information, and an update about ongoing work alongside Australian officials to align activities.

We’re at the end of the highest risk time of year for BMSB but there is never zero risk. Continue to be on the lookout and report anything unusual to KVH or the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline. There are handy ID guides and videos that demonstrate the impact this nasty bug could have on kiwifruit orchards – and our lifestyles – on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
Passenger and mail biosecurity review released
2 May 2019
Early this week the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced the findings of an independent review of its biosecurity passenger and mail controls at the border. The review was commissioned...
Passenger and mail biosecurity review released
2 May 2019

Early this week the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced the findings of an independent review of its biosecurity passenger and mail controls at the border.

The review was commissioned after fruit fly was first detected in Auckland earlier this year and overall has found that border services in the mail and passenger pathways protect New Zealand well.

The review also notes some significant challenges the border is under and that ongoing improvement is essential. Several recommendations have been made and are now being considered, including:

·         fast deployment of new scanning technologies for suitcases and rapid scanning of hand baggage

·         more development of public awareness measures, such as smartphone-enabled digital tools for arriving travellers

·         separating arriving passengers carrying commercial quantities of food from other international travellers

·         extending a scheme involving the pre-clearance of approved food packages carried by passengers from Tonga and imposing stiff penalties for any breaches

·         charging cruise ship operators that are not covered by the existing accreditation scheme for costs relating to biosecurity services

·         improved access to intelligence to aid risk assessment decisions regarding express freight

·         introducing new scanning technology at the mail centre.

The recommendations reinforce a lot of things that are already on MPI’s radar and they will look at how they can fit these into their existing work programme. There are also recommendations expected to come from the separate cargo review underway.

KVH welcomes and supports the findings of the review. In our ongoing discussions with MPI we will refer to the official findings to help guide decision-making and ensure all efforts are undertaken to continue protecting our borders and the kiwifruit industry from exotic threats.  

You can read the full report here.

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
In the news
2 May 2019
The worst invasive species the US has seen in 150 years The Spotted Lanternfly is considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be the worst invasive species in the last 150 years. That's...
In the news
2 May 2019

The worst invasive species the US has seen in 150 years
The Spotted Lanternfly is considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be the worst invasive species in the last 150 years. That's because they threaten products from wine to apples, lumber and craft beer. Industries that amount to $18 Billion in the state of Pennsylvania, alone.

Read the KVH fact sheet on Spotted Lanternfly here.

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
Waihi weather station data now available
2 May 2019
A new weather station has been installed at Fisher Road to support Waihi growers. The station was installed by Hortplus and extends the network of weather stations across the country. Waihi growers...
Waihi weather station data now available
2 May 2019

A new weather station has been installed at Fisher Road to support Waihi growers.

The station was installed by Hortplus and extends the network of weather stations across the country.

Waihi growers can now receive tailored weather and Psa risk data for their region by using the Psa Risk Model on the KVH website, with access also available to other tools including the growing degree day calculator, chill unit calculator, hourly and daily weather data, and weather forecasting.

KVH thanks Hortplus for the installation of this weather station. Thanks also go to those who helped to source a suitable location - in particular, the grower now hosting this very valuable addition to the Psa Risk Model network.

Growers can register online to use the model if they don’t currently have a login, or email info@kvh.org.nz for more information.  

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
Psa protection for harvested and development blocks important
2 May 2019
An observant Northland grower forwarded this image (right) to KVH from his new development block, showing Psa exudate developing on the underside of spotted Bruno leaves. The block had developed...
Psa protection for harvested and development blocks important
2 May 2019

An observant Northland grower forwarded this image (right) to KVH from his new development block, showing Psa exudate developing on the underside of spotted Bruno leaves.

The block had developed some leaf spot symptoms in late spring, following a period of high winds and rain, but new leaders and laterals established throughout summer had remained clear of infection. This recent reactivation of Psa on the edge of leaf spots illustrates how Psa multiplication is favoured as temperatures drop through autumn, and an immediate application of winter rate copper was recommended to avoid infection spread.

Growers and outdoor nurseries are reminded to stay focused on protecting young rootstock and replacement plants through autumn as these are most vulnerable to Psa infection. Winter rate copper is recommended and additionally the biologicals Kiwivax (applied as a soil drench) and Botryzen are suited to autumn use. Refer to the KVH recommended product list.

Also apply copper to mature blocks immediately after harvest to protect fruit stalks and leaf scars. The Psa risk model currently predicts a good spray window available through to early next week for most regions. 

Biosecurity News
2 May 2019
New fruit fly detection
2 May 2019
Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburb of Northcote have been reintroduced following the detection of a further Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). The single male fruit...
New fruit fly detection
2 May 2019

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburb of Northcote have been reintroduced following the detection of a further Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

The single male fruit fly was found late last week in one of the network of traps which remained in place following the discovery of six other fruit flies in the area in February/March.


This latest fly showed indications it was relatively elderly for a QFF, suggesting it may be from the same group as the earlier detections. There is no evidence of a breeding population.

While it is disappointing there has been another detection it does demonstrate that the trapping and surveillance systems in place are working.

Activity has increased in the reinstated Controlled Area Zone, including extended trapping and the collection of fallen fruit, as well as the return of signage and wheelie bins for residential fruit disposal. Detailed maps of the controlled areas and a full description of the boundaries and rules are available on the
Biosecurity New Zealand website.

Kiwifruit growers should talk to their post-harvest providers if they have any questions about what the impacts to them might be due to movement controls or export restrictions.

If you require support you can contact NZKGI or 
visit their website to learn more about the support network available.

Summary of finds: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (seven single flies over an extended period of time). Three Facialis flies have been found in Otara.

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Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz