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Company Notices
20 August 2020
AGM results
20 August 2020
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday. Thank you to all those who were able to attend the virtual event. All Resolutions were passed at the...
AGM results
20 August 2020

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday. Thank you to all those who were able to attend the virtual event.

All Resolutions were passed at the AGM:

·         that the minutes of the 2019 AGM be approved

·         that the Chairman and Chief Executive's reports be approved

·         that the financial report for the 12 months ending 31 March 2020 be approved

·         that for the year ending 31 March 2022 the Biosecurity Psa-V Kiwifruit levy reduce to the rate of one tenth of a cent per tray, and the Biosecurity Readiness & Response Kiwifruit levy increase to the rate of one and five tenths of a cent per tray equivalent on all commercial varieties of kiwifruit except Actinidia arguta, exported to all markets other than Australia

·         that the budget for 2021/22 be approved

·         that William Buck be reappointed as auditor for the 2020/21 financial year

·         that the Directors fee be adjusted for the Chairman and Directors from 1 August 2020.  

Following the recent Grower Director Nominations there was one grower member vacancy for the KVH Board and one candidate standing for election.  Therefore, Simon Cook has been duly elected to the KVH Board for a three-year term.

If you have any questions about the AGM results please either contact KVH on 0800 665 825, email
info@kvh.org.nz or speak to a KVH Director.

All AGM documents, including Resolutions, financial statements and budget information are available to reference on the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
20 August 2020
Weather patterns bring Psa risk to the north
20 August 2020
June rainfall was above normal (120-149% of normal) or well above normal (>149% of normal) for parts of Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay this year, bringing...
Weather patterns bring Psa risk to the north
20 August 2020

June rainfall was above normal (120-149% of normal) or well above normal (>149% of normal) for parts of Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay this year, bringing welcome relief after some very long, dry periods. For Northland, this high rainfall pattern has continued through July and August, challenging growers in terms of winter pruning and also application of protective winter coppers.

The Maungatapere (Whangarei) weather station shows that more than 50% of days from 1 June were reported as posing severe risk for Psa infection and spread (red bars in the graph below). Within this timeframe there were at least two periods where rain and associated severe Psa risk continued for more than a week.

Growers in the Whangarei region are strongly recommended to take every opportunity to rebuild protective copper cover across their vines to provide protection from Psa as we move towards budbreak. 

As sap flow begins this month, all growers are also urged to monitor vines closely for Psa symptoms. On sites where Psa has already been detected, be proactive in cutting out infected material found and remove this from the orchard to avoid further Psa spread. Tool hygiene remains important on all sites, and growers should be sure that all staff are familiar with orchard hygiene rules. Psa symptom guides are available from KVH to assist with training of monitor staff. Active monitoring will provide the best chance that any further spread of Psa in the region is found early.

Growers concerned that they are seeing Psa symptoms for the first time can contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or KVH Regional Coordinator Pauline Kell for support in sampling and testing of symptomatic vines.

Higher seasonal Psa risk is also being reported for other regions. Growers can check the Psa Risk Model and use this tool to guide spray decisions leading up to the very high-risk spring period.

Company Notices
20 August 2020
Annual Update hot off the press
20 August 2020
The KVH Annual Update 2019/20 has been published and printed copies have just arrived in the office – please email or phone us on 0800 665 825 if you’d like a copy sent to you. The...
Annual Update hot off the press
20 August 2020

The KVH Annual Update 2019/20 has been published and printed copies have just arrived in the office – please email or phone us on 0800 665 825 if you’d like a copy sent to you.

The booklet details KVH’s key activities over the last 12 months, including research and readiness projects in preparation for some of the biggest threats to kiwifruit, and the work we do within the industry to increase awareness and commitment to biosecurity.

We have also included information about the development of the new Pathway Management Plan for better managing risk to the kiwifruit industry, and in light of COVID-19 we have reminders about the ongoing importance of industry-wide traceability and record-keeping systems that contribute to successful biosecurity incursion responses.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 August 2020
Importance of following budwood requirements
20 August 2020
Budwood movement is still a focus for some at this time. As it poses a high-risk of disease transfer, growers are reminded to follow all KVH requirements if sending, receiving, or transferring...
Importance of following budwood requirements
20 August 2020

Budwood movement is still a focus for some at this time. As it poses a high-risk of disease transfer, growers are reminded to follow all KVH requirements if sending, receiving, or transferring budwood between KPINs.

Best practice, if possible, is to source budwood from your own orchard. If this is not possible, be sure to check requirements in the KVH Protocol: budwood and ensure that any budwood movements have traceability records taken and retained.

KVH movement controls vary depending on the Psa status of the orchard, and regions that the budwood is moving into and out of.  Requirements include that all suppliers of budwood must register with KVH before the first budwood collection of the year and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

Movement of infected material is not permitted, and budwood must not be transferred from a Recovery region to a Containment region (Whangarei) or to an Exclusion region (the South Island or the Far North). If you are unsure of the rules for your situation or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

KVH will investigate any reports of budwood movements that do not meet requirements.

Biosecurity News
20 August 2020
BMSB research update
20 August 2020
KVH and Zespri (through the Biosecurity Innovation portfolio) have commissioned an extensive offshore research programme to help improve our understanding of the impacts caused by Brown...
BMSB research update
20 August 2020

KVH and Zespri (through the Biosecurity Innovation portfolio) have commissioned an extensive offshore research programme to help improve our understanding of the impacts caused by Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in kiwifruit orchards. As part of this work programme we are also looking to help improve our understanding and optimise the use of biocontrol for managing BMSB in kiwifruit.

KVH has summarised the results from these trials in two separate updates focussed on impacts and biocontrol research, now available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
20 August 2020
Wanted: Te Puna weather station host
20 August 2020
We’re looking for a new home for the Te Puna weather station, to support local growers. The Te Puna station has been part of our network since 2016, but now needs a new site as the orchard...
Wanted: Te Puna weather station host
20 August 2020

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

The Te Puna station has been part of our network since 2016, but now needs a new site as the orchard changes ownership. An orchard site, or piece of open ground close to the current site on Snodgrass Road would be ideal to provide good continuity of data for growers in the area.

If you think you might be interested in hosting this valuable addition to our Psa Risk Model, or know someone who might be able to help out 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
20 August 2020
Fun Fact
20 August 2020
Did you know one Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg mass can produce 50 new suckers? Who even knows how many egg masses one SLF produces! Don’t let this pest’s exotic design and cool colours...
Fun Fact
20 August 2020

Did you know one Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg mass can produce 50 new suckers? Who even knows how many egg masses one SLF produces!

Don’t let this pest’s exotic design and cool colours fool you – it is a big problem overseas and has quickly become a threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. SLF feeds on sap, damaging plants, and excretes large amounts of sticky liquid that promotes the growth of sooty mould which marks fruit, rendering it unsalable to markets.

Fortunately, we don’t have SLF in New Zealand yet, but early detection of its presence is vital if we are to have the best chance for eradication. How might it get here? Most likely as egg masses (which look like mud smears) on imported goods from the USA and/or Asia. During the high-risk season of September – April you might also see the vibrant red wings of adult flies. If you see anything catch it, snap it, and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.

Read our profile on SLF, including lots of photos, in the new KVH Annual Update here.  

Image left: An adult Spotted Lanternfly, identifiable by its vibrant red hindwings and spotted forewings. Image right: SLF egg masses on tree bark.

Company Notices
20 August 2020
Help spread the biosecurity word online
20 August 2020
You, your family, and friends can follow KVH on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube social media pages. We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share...
Help spread the biosecurity word online
20 August 2020

You, your family, and friends can follow KVH on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube social media pages.

We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share biosecurity messages with the public. It’s important to us that everyone is involved in biosecurity and sees that they have a part to play in helping keep out unwanted pest and disease threats.

Being online also enables us to spread messages more efficiently and quickly when we need to let people know about new incursions, any effects they may or may not have on the kiwifruit industry, and what actions people may need to take. You can follow us on
Twitter ‘@KVHNZ’ or find us on Facebook and YouTube at ‘Kiwifruit Vine Health – KVH’.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz