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New role for KVH Chief Executive
21 January 2021

It was with sadness last week that we announced our Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will leave the organisation in April to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief Biosecurity Officer.  

Stu joined KVH in April 2018, coming to the kiwifruit industry from the world of animal health, and in his three years at the helm he has been particularly impressed with the leadership demonstrated by growers and across the industry, able to tackle big and difficult issues while always focusing on what is best for those on-orchard, producing fruit.

KVH Board Chairman David Tanner has thanked Stu for his work and commitment to a biosecurity resilient kiwifruit industry, and notes he’ll be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry in his new role.

“Under Stu’s leadership, KVH has cemented its place as an expert biosecurity organisation, working to stop unwanted pests and diseases from making their way onto our orchards and into our communities, and being well prepared in case they do get here.”

“Stu has always had a genuine focus on putting growers at the centre of everything he and his team do, and while we’re sad to see him go, we’re sure this focus will continue in his new role at Biosecurity New Zealand within the Ministry for Primary Industries and we’re delighted he’ll remain a key point of contact in the Bay of Plenty.”

The recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is underway.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591