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4 February 2021
Pathway Management Plan progresses
4 February 2021
The consultation period for providing feedback about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan closed in December – thank you for taking part in the process during this formal phase and sharing...
Pathway Management Plan progresses
4 February 2021

The consultation period for providing feedback about the proposed new Pathway Management Plan closed in December – thank you for taking part in the process during this formal phase and sharing your views.

KVH is now considering all the feedback we received and incorporating changes into the formal proposal document. The Plan is expected to be ready for submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries and Minister for Biosecurity in early April – KVH will keep growers and industry up-to-date on this so that everyone can see the final version being submitted and how we have incorporated feedback received.

If you have any questions about the proposal, we welcome them. Reference material from the consultation rounds is available on the KVH website, or you can get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021
The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and...
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021

The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and Italy.

More detail can be read in the latest KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities KVH is involved in, both at the border and post-border, to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger,...
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

One such event - a video competition ‘Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health’ - has received 38 entries, including two videos from New Zealand. One is on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the other is on external scanning of shipping containers for contaminants from Better Border Biosecurity/University of Canterbury.

As part of the competition all videos must be less than three minutes and related to research that is conducted on plant health. Amongst other (more objective) criteria, the winner will be decided based on the number of “likes” associated with the YouTube video. So, don’t hesitate to watch the New Zealand videos and support our scientists!

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021
KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region...
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021

KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region with regards to Neonectria. All growers are welcome to attend.

Plant & Food Research scientist, Joy Tyson, will be presenting the latest knowledge from research conducted on Neonectria and other organisms associated with vine decline. The afternoon will then be spent on-orchard discussing management good practice and advice.

See the agenda here for details about the workshop including timings and location.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021
Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so...
Zespri grower fishing tournament
4 February 2021

Although the national Zespri fishing event has been postponed, never fear - a condensed competition will take place in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend of 25-27 February. Register now for a place so you don’t miss out!

The event starts Thursday 25 February with a 5pm briefing, followed by fishing from 9pm through to the afternoon of Saturday 27 February. After weigh-in from 3pm-5pm there will be a prizegiving, including categories for heaviest and average weight per species, as well as spot prizes.

Species categories include snapper, kingfish, kahawai, terakihi, and trevally.

When: Thursday 25 February to Saturday 27 February 2021
How to register: Register online here by Friday 12 February. Spaces are limited and on a first in first served basis so get in quick.
Payment and details: The cost is $30 per angler - anglers must be related to the industry, and boats must have at least one grower registered. One fish per species per angler.

All growers are welcome. If you have any questions, or have spare space on your boat or are keen to attend but have no boat, please contact Zespri Grower Liaison Manager Casie Rudnicki by email or phone 027 271 2695.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021
Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences. Building and...
Women in Kiwifruit: expressions of interest to form a committee
4 February 2021

Since its establishment in 2017, the Women in Kiwifruit Network has connected women across our industry and created a platform to help build networks and share experiences.

Building and strengthening this platform to support our community of women is important. A survey of members in 2020 showed interest in establishing a committee to drive engagement opportunities - and now there’s an opportunity for you to join in.

Being a member of the Women in Kiwifruit Network committee, you will have the opportunity to provide support through networking, face-to-face events, professional and personal development, and mentoring. Committee experience is not required, but a passion for the industry is essential.

Prospective committee members must be able to commit to attend at least 80% of committee meetings either in person or virtually (around six per year as decided by the committee). A strong commitment is also required in helping to organise and attend Women in Kiwifruit events (approximately two to three each year) outside of attendance at Committee meetings.

Positions available include Chairperson, Treasurer, Marketing, Administration, Health and Safety, and Programme coordinator roles. 

If you’re interested in taking up one of these opportunities, please contact Zespri by email for an application form by Friday 26 February 2021.

Grower News
4 February 2021
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise...
Be part of International Womens Day
4 February 2021

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise awareness against bias? Act for equality?

Come along to the Women in Kiwifruit International Women’s Day event for a guest speaker, workshop, announcement of the Women in Kiwifruit network committee, and networking lunch.

When: 9am – 1pm, Monday 8 March 2021
Where: Trustpower Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
How to register: Join the Women in Kiwifruit Facebook page and keep an eye out for more information about how to reserve your spot.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Fun Fact
4 February 2021
New Zealand’s actions to halt COVID-19 represent the most dramatic biosecurity response ever undertaken in this country, which got us thinking ….. in terms of huge responses worldwide,...
Fun Fact
4 February 2021

New Zealand’s actions to halt COVID-19 represent the most dramatic biosecurity response ever undertaken in this country, which got us thinking ….. in terms of huge responses worldwide, what has been the biggest?

Throughout history, as humans spread across the world, infectious diseases have been a constant companion. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant. How can you compare them? Have you ever thought about the scale of something like COVID-19 compared to SARS or Ebola? 

We went on the hunt and came across this brilliant visualisation of the history of pandemics that made it really easy and interesting to see – at a glance – what have been the biggest outbreaks and responses over time.

The visual also includes basic information about the fundamentals of pandemics which closely align with how we think about biosecurity, for example the concepts of importing diseases and protecting borders; being able to track infections; and managing spread to limit impacts.

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 February 2021
Whangarei regional status changes to Recovery
4 February 2021
As advised to Whangarei growers earlier this week, from Tuesday 2 February the status of the Whangarei region has changed to Recovery. This change comes after an extensive process by KVH, including...
Whangarei regional status changes to Recovery
4 February 2021

As advised to Whangarei growers earlier this week, from Tuesday 2 February the status of the Whangarei region has changed to Recovery.

This change comes after an extensive process by KVH, including undertaking Psa monitoring of orchards and an opinion survey of growers.

Psa was first detected in the Whangarei region in 2015 and has slowly progressed to the current state where December monitoring has confirmed 48% of the growing hectares in the region are now Psa positive. 

The opinion survey had a response rate of over 90%, meaning we were able to hear from almost all growers in the region and better understand what is wanted for Whangarei going forward. The majority (64%) indicated they supported the change in status from Containment to Recovery and 36% were against a change.

Information has been sent to Whangarei growers detailing the decision and the actions we are undertaking to help those who remain not-detected maintain their Psa-free status. We have also provided information for those orchards that would like to access plant material from other Recovery regions.

Post-harvest contacts in the area, and nurseries, have also been sent information about the change and how they can assist in measures that provide the best opportunity for orchards to maintain Psa-free status, such as continuing to supply dedicated regional bins for this season.

Once again, thank you to all growers in the region for providing input and feedback regarding the regional status of Whangarei. Updated maps reflecting the change are available now on the KVH website as is the Notice of Controlled Areas Declaration - establishing regions.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz