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Company Notices
25 June 2020
AGM reminder
25 June 2020
Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. The meeting starts at 9am and will include guest speaker Ian...
AGM reminder
25 June 2020

Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

The meeting starts at 9am and will include guest speaker Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who will talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

AGM packs and information for growers about voting will be sent to growers during the last week of July.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Company Notices
25 June 2020
KVH director nominations
25 June 2020
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  Simon will be re-standing for...
KVH director nominations
25 June 2020

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  Simon will be re-standing for this vacancy.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH along with a list of all interests in the kiwifruit industry by 5pm Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
Deadline for removing unpicked fruit
25 June 2020
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or...
Deadline for removing unpicked fruit
25 June 2020

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or forestry as a result of birds feeding on this fruit and transporting the seed. Unmanaged vines (including those with unpicked fruit) may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

From 1 July KVH will follow-up on reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies. Read more here.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
Grafting? Protect your investment
25 June 2020
A reminder to all growers considering grafting this winter to protect their orchard investments by following biosecurity protocols. These apply whether grafting one plant, one hectare or a whole new...
Grafting? Protect your investment
25 June 2020

A reminder to all growers considering grafting this winter to protect their orchard investments by following biosecurity protocols. These apply whether grafting one plant, one hectare or a whole new development block.

·         Select budwood from within your own orchard or if this is not possible, source from a budwood supplier who is registered with KVH.

·         KPINs supplying budwood off their orchard must register annually with KVH and complete a simple budwood risk management plan.

·         Budwood can be moved between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region. Contact KVH for all other movements – permissions may be required.

·         Traceability of plant material is important. Keep records of budwood source and where budwood is used. An orchard map is a good way of plotting this and meeting GAP requirements.

·         All other distributors of budwood, such as pack-houses and grafters should check their requirements with KVH. Email info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
Community biosecurity protects our kiwifruit
25 June 2020
Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away. A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close...
Community biosecurity protects our kiwifruit
25 June 2020

Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away.

A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them. The bright, colourful guide is split into four easy sections detailing how everyone can:

1.      Keep watch (what to look out for and what big biosecurity responses cost if we don’t keep our eyes and ears peeled)

2.      Check and clean (how to look out for new pests on orchards or in gardens)

3.      Report the unusual (how to make a report and what happens next)

4.      Lead by example (what everyone can do at work, home and school to always be biosecurity aware).

The importance and enormity of the biosecurity task means that it is vital everyone pitches in and has accountability for keeping out pest and disease threats that could severely impact the kiwifruit industry and have flow-on effects for our livelihoods, and our communities. If the next big threat is here, undetected and spreading everyone has the power to protect what we’ve got with the easy steps covered in this booklet. 

The Kiwifruit Community Biosecurity Booklet is free and available from KVH website and will be distributed at ongoing industry events, as well as during community initiatives in growing regions such as the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Biosecurity week.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
Calling all biosecurity champions
25 June 2020
It takes all of us to protect what we've got but there are a few champions worth celebrating – could this be you or someone you know? If so, it’s time to shine a light on achievements...
Calling all biosecurity champions
25 June 2020

It takes all of us to protect what we've got but there are a few champions worth celebrating – could this be you or someone you know? If so, it’s time to shine a light on achievements with the upcoming 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

These awards recognise the incredible individuals and teams who are working hard to help ensure our country and its unique environment is safe from pests and diseases through their contributions to biosecurity – in our communities, businesses, iwi and hapū, in the bush and in our backyards.

The kiwifruit industry has been well represented in the past with KVH winning an award, and KiwiNet (the industry’s network of biosecurity champions) being selected as a finalist last year, and we’d love to see that success continue!

Entries open next Wednesday 1 July and close at 5pm Thursday 30 July. Visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to find out more and enter online.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
Watch USA experts talk about controlling BMSB
25 June 2020
Back in February KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop, including a special session with international guest speaker Kim Hoelmer and his research colleague Elijah Talamas. They were in New...
Watch USA experts talk about controlling BMSB
25 June 2020

Back in February KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop, including a special session with international guest speaker Kim Hoelmer and his research colleague Elijah Talamas.

They were in New Zealand speaking to several audiences about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and their filmed technical talks are now freely available to watch.

Kim is an entomologist and researcher from the Agricultural Research Service at the US Department of Agriculture, specialising in biological control of BMSB. During their presentations, Kim and Elijah talk about the arrival and spread of BMSB in the USA, its range of impacts, and natural enemies - particularly the Samurai Wasp, which is being used in the USA as a biological control and has now established itself in 13 states.

·         Click here to watch Kim’s presentation on biocontrol and management of BMSB.

·         Click here to watch Elijah’s presentation on the taxonomy of scelionid wasps (parasitoids) and their role in control of stink bugs.

·         Click here to watch Kim’s extra presentation on the risks posed by Spotted Lanternfly, and management of Spotted Wing Drosophila. 

The talks are from technical experts and extensive so a reminder that if you prefer, Kim and Elijah’s presentation slides are also available to browse through on the KiwiNet page of the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
25 June 2020
In the news
25 June 2020
Pandemics. What can we learn from New Zealand’s biosecurity system? David Teulon from Better Border Biosecurity says moving forward, an important question raised by COVID-19 now facing New...
In the news
25 June 2020

Pandemics. What can we learn from New Zealand’s biosecurity system?
David Teulon from Better Border Biosecurity says moving forward, an important question raised by COVID-19 now facing New Zealand is how will the country be able to interact with the outside world without risking further infection?

While the potential impacts from human epidemics can be very different, we can look to how our country has dealt with challenges posed by biosecurity threats to our plant and animal systems. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
25 June 2020
Be aware of the rules around moving nursery plants
25 June 2020
If you have purchased young kiwifruit plants and have them sitting in a temporary nursery please check with KVH before moving them to avoid inadvertently breaking plant movement control...
Be aware of the rules around moving nursery plants
25 June 2020

If you have purchased young kiwifruit plants and have them sitting in a temporary nursery please check with KVH before moving them to avoid inadvertently breaking plant movement control rules.

Moving diseased plants to multiple locations could quickly spread threats such as a new or resistant forms of Psa or an undetected harmful soil pathogen. We know that these diseases are present overseas, and we need to work collectively to ensure that they do establish, or spread should they arrive. 

The Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) was established by KVH several years ago to ensure a high level of confidence in the health status of kiwifruit plants and all kiwifruit nurseries must be part of the scheme in order to move plants  - there are 60 members currently.

These requirements only apply for the movement of plants and do not apply for plants that are already located on the property for which they will be planted.

If moving plants to another orchard under the same ownership, you can do so under the Grow for your own use option. Up to 1,000 plants per year can be moved for use on another property (or properties) under the same ownership and within the same Psa region. 

For further information and rules around moving plants, including if considering moving more than 1,000 plants per year to another property, refer to the KVH Protocol Nursery Stock.

If you have any questions contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz