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Company Notices
21 January 2021
Welcome to the new year
21 January 2021
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the...
Welcome to the new year
21 January 2021

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

Company Notices
21 January 2021
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...
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.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
Watch now
21 January 2021
Xylella fastidiosa – the Apocalypse of Salento is an award-winning look (and short documentary-style 15-minute film) into the devastating effects of this deadly disease on historic olive trees...
Watch now
21 January 2021

Xylella fastidiosa – the Apocalypse of Salento is an award-winning look (and short documentary-style 15-minute film) into the devastating effects of this deadly disease on historic olive trees in Puglia, Italy.

As well as Italy, Xylella is now found in France, Portugal, and Spain, and $10 billion annual production losses are estimated if spread continues throughout the European Union.

Although kiwifruit it not a reported host of Xylella, multiple strains have been found globally and the potential threat is unknown. KVH is taking a proactive approach and is an active member of the Xylella Action Group, which was formed to improve New Zealand’s readiness in the event of an incursion. One of the key things the group has identified is the need to update the principles of control and eradication for Xylella, as well as core operational activities so that everyone can hit the ground running as soon as in incursion is known.

KVH also continues to support research into Xylella and is part a project underway by the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) partnership to learn more about the pathogen and potential vectors in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
Fun Fact
21 January 2021
None of us would exactly use the word ‘fun’ to describe 2020, but it was different and unexpected – for humans and animals – and has resulted in some weird and wonderful...
Fun Fact
21 January 2021

None of us would exactly use the word ‘fun’ to describe 2020, but it was different and unexpected – for humans and animals – and has resulted in some weird and wonderful facts.

With less human activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lions and penguins playfully roamed free; farmed mink appeared to rise from the dead; Spotted Lanternflies prompted quarantines; "Murder hornets" flew into the headlines; and a koala climbed into people’s hearts.

There are just some of nature’s top factoids from around the world in 2020 - that in any other year you’d never guess were true - as pulled together by the USA Today. Have a read.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
BMSB campaign hitting hard
21 January 2021
This high-risk season’s Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign is off to a great start, with results so far showing people are seeing our promotional material about the unwanted...
BMSB campaign hitting hard
21 January 2021

This high-risk season’s Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign is off to a great start, with results so far showing people are seeing our promotional material about the unwanted bug, and then hunting out more information.

The campaign started when the high-risk season began in September 2020, and the latest round-up of results shows that as of mid-December:

· over 4.6 million impressions (the number of times one of our BMSB ads played on a screen) on digital channels like social media and YouTube ads,

· over 19,000 visits to the BMSB page on the Biosecurity New Zealand website, with almost all of them coming directly from the digital ads,

· more than 69,000 views of our various BMSB videos.

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for BMSB, including this comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council. Read more about this season’s campaign, aiming to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through general surveillance, in our September Bulletin here.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
The cost of dirty footwear
21 January 2021
In late November an agricultural machinery dealer and farmer was issued a $400 fine plus ordered to pay costs and an additional $500 to Biosecurity New Zealand for not declaring dirty boots. As we...
The cost of dirty footwear
21 January 2021

In late November an agricultural machinery dealer and farmer was issued a $400 fine plus ordered to pay costs and an additional $500 to Biosecurity New Zealand for not declaring dirty boots.

As we all know, footwear and the soil that may be with it, can be a major vector for pests, diseases and weeds into and within a country/region. When entering New Zealand all passengers are required to fill in a passenger arrival card to declare and detail the countries they’ve visited and whether they’ve been on farms or areas where pests can be picked up. 

Although the borders are closed to many right now, there is still a lot of domestic travel and this is a great reminder that as per Step 4 of the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Guidelines, growers should always check and where necessary clean risk inputs crossing their orchard boundary to make sure they do not present a biosecurity risk. Growers should ensure all visitors going onto their orchards have clean footwear and additional measures such as sanitising may be warranted for high-risk visitors.

Media Releases
13 January 2021
New role for KVH Chief Executive
13 January 2021
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has announced today that current Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will leave the organisation in April to take up the role of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Chief...
New role for KVH Chief Executive
13 January 2021

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has announced today that current 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 says in his three years at the helm he has been particularly impressed with the leadership demonstrated across the industry, able to tackle big and difficult issues while focusing on what is best for growers.

“Late last year we acknowledged the 10-year anniversary of Psa arriving in New Zealand and it was a real reminder that the united front and proactive thinking that were shown during more recent events like the Auckland fruit fly response and Mount Maunganui stink bug find have come about because of where the industry has been in the past and what growers have been through.”

“The proposed new Pathway Plan for managing biosecurity risk has been a big project and is a really positive step forward. I look forward to following its finalisation and implementation. It’s the first of its kind for horticulture in New Zealand and I’m really proud of how far growers, the industry, and KVH have come already with its development – it shows how passionate and committed people are, and I have found that incredibly exciting.”

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.

“When Stu came to KVH he immediately demonstrated his wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks; research and innovation; and working on a day-to-day basis with growers, alongside industry and government partners.”

“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.”

KVH will begin the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive within the next week.  

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz