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18 December 2017
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
18 December 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive. KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, says Stu joins the...
New Chief Executive for kiwifruit organisation
18 December 2017

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) announced today that Stu Hutchings has been appointed as the biosecurity organisation’s new Chief Executive.

KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, says Stu joins the team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks; research and innovation; and working on a day-to-day basis with farmers, alongside industry and government partners.

“In his most recent management role at OSPRI, Stu has been responsible for establishing the framework for delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan and several innovative research projects, and has managed relationships with the Ministry for Primary Industries and other primary industry groups.”

“Stu is perfectly placed to take the helm and continue the great work the KVH team has been doing to stop unwanted pests and diseases from making their way into our communities and onto our orchards, and being well prepared in case they do get here.”

“We’re very excited to have Stu join KVH and believe he’ll be a great asset to the kiwifruit industry.”

Stu says he is looking forward to joining what he sees as a committed and future-thinking organisation.

“The work the KVH team has been undertaking over the last few years has driven biosecurity solutions and lifted awareness across the kiwifruit industry, and within New Zealand.”

“There are a lot of innovative approaches to biosecurity challenges being led by KVH, with great support and backing from kiwifruit growers who care about the success of the industry and want to be involved. I find that incredibly exciting.”

Stu is currently the Group Manager, Programme Design and Partnerships for OSPRI and has had previous roles as acting Chief Executive for both the Animal Health Board and OSPRI. A veterinarian by trade, he has also held roles within private vet practice and risk management product development for the New Zealand Veterinary Association. 

He replaces current Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, who announced in August 2017 that he would be stepping down from the role after a six-year term in March 2018.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017
KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. The aim of this prize is to encourage...
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017

KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

The aim of this prize is to encourage students to take up post graduate research in biosecurity related projects.

The prize was awarded to Isobel King (far right in the image) by Head of Department, Eileen McLaughlin.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread. Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding,...
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread.

Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding, out-grow good pasture and, for our farming neighbours, cause significant issues for livestock if it’s eaten. It has been found on around 20 sites in east and west Bay of Plenty over the years.

There are also a few known kiwifruit orchards with the weed and the very co-operative orchardists are working with the BOPRC to help minimise the risk of its spread with good machine hygiene and regular monitoring.

Alligator Weed is deep rooted, very invasive and difficult to control with herbicides permitted for use in an orchard. It can also be difficult to identify as it dies back completely in the winter months, grows in a variety of habitats, and looks different in wet or dry forms.

KVH and the BOPRC ask orchardists to keep an eye out for the weed and report any signs or symptoms to the Council on 0800 884 880. Don’t try and remove it or kill it yourself as that may risk further spread.

BOPRC are also contacting high-risk properties (those that neighbour a known site or may have been in the floodpath of waters carrying fragments of Alligator Weed from a known site) over the summer to provide detailed information and advice.

If you want to know more about Alligator Weed, what it looks like, and what to do, visit the BOPRC website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper product label update
14 December 2017
AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional...
Copper product label update
14 December 2017

AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional trial data provided to ACVM now supporting movement to a full label claim.

AG Copp 75 holds BioGro certification and may be used on conventional and organic orchards. As with other copper products, AG Copp 75 is not recommended for use on open flowers and may not be applied within seven days of harvest.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017
There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update. 11 new...
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017

There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update.

11 new sites have been confirmed in Auckland (largely around the Eastern Suburbs), a second site has been confirmed in Lower Hutt (close to the original site), three new sites were found in the Bay of Plenty, and one in the Waikato. There is now a total of 40 confirmed sites in the Bay of Plenty.

The first infection in feijoa plants has also been confirmed.

There are comprehensive information sheets available on the MPI website with specific advice for beekeepers, orchardists, nursery owners, and feijoa growers. All nurseries and suppliers should check and follow the NZPPI website for hygiene protocols for plants susceptible to myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants or vines, you may see it on other plants on your orchard or home garden. If you find it, don’t touch it – take a photo and call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

A free app has also been created so people can quickly and easily let officials know if they suspect they’ve found symptoms. Myrtle Rust Reporter can be used for observing and mapping common host plants that may be susceptible to the fungus, getting assistance from others to confirm identifications, and making reports.

Grower News
14 December 2017
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017
We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin...
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017

We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin directly to your mailbox every fortnight, click the ‘update preferences’ link at the top of the Bulletin emailed to you and save your changes.

Alternatively, feel free to email KVH and we’ll update your records for you.

 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Kiwifruit industry contribution to biosecurity direction
14 December 2017
The KVH team have made a significant contribution to the development of the Biosecurity 2025 direction statement for New Zealand which is now well underway with a clear direction and detail being put...
Kiwifruit industry contribution to biosecurity direction
14 December 2017

The KVH team have made a significant contribution to the development of the Biosecurity 2025 direction statement for New Zealand which is now well underway with a clear direction and detail being put together on how each of the five Working Groups are going to work to meet our collective goals.

The new issue of Biosecurity 2025: Making it happen is out now to provide you with an update on what’s happening to implement the statement and raise the profile of biosecurity. Some highlights from the kiwifruit industry included in this issue of the national newsletter are:


- a video from KVH Board Vice Chairman Graeme Marshall (who is also the Chair of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee) on the key role businesses have in managing biosecurity risk
- a summary report of the group trip to Chile, including Matt Dyck from KVH, to learn about their response to Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
- a profile on Working Group member James Trevelyan and the journey of the kiwifruit industry post-Psa
- an article on the success of Biosecurity Week here in Mount Maunganui

You can subscribe to have the Biosecurity 2025 newsletter delivered directly to your mailbox by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) here. 

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017
  The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief...
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017

 

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Barry O’Neil on 022 108 7007.

A reminder also that Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period.
Read the article from last fortnights Bulletin for exact dates and the new address samples should be sent to.

 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always...
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines.

Over the last fortnight, KVH visited several key fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry.

We also distributed posters with important and useful information on pests to look out for that importers can display at their facilities.

Thanks to all the importers we visited. The level of awareness about unwanted pests has impressed us, as has the level of co-operation and willingness to contribute to ideas to improve biosecurity. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017
The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published. Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the...
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017

The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published.

Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the high-risk period so far, and updated surveillance trapping information.

The risk period for fruit flies stretches over the summer until June. Remain vigilant, know what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you may have found any kind of unwanted fruit fly. Fact sheets about fruit flies are available on the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017
In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the...
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017

In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the border by staff within a transitional facility in Christchurch.

This report followed on from a
news item out of Australia where BMSB were found in Sydney a week prior.

In both the Christchurch and Sydney examples the bugs were found in cargo that had been imported from Italy, and fumigated (in accordance with both country’s strict biosecurity protocols) pre-arrival. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is following up the incident with the fumigator in Italy and is also working closely with Australian counterparts to learn more about what happened in their case.

KVH is in regular contact with MPI about the finds to make sure the cases are followed up thoroughly. We have been strong advocates for the tightest possible measures to reduce the likelihood of pest entry and have worked with MPI in the last 18 months in relation to interceptions of both BMSB and White Peach Scale on consignments of Italian kiwifruit, and improved import requirements such as this summer’s amendments to rules for the import of vehicles, machinery and other equipment from Italy.  

Both recent interceptions illustrate what we already know: this is the high-risk season for many of our most unwanted pests and they could cross our border from any source. The diligent action taken by the transitional facility approved person in Christchurch who notified MPI allowed biosecurity risk to be mitigated very quickly. Proof of the difference we can all make and that we – as an industry and as individuals – must be vigilant, know what to look out for, and immediately report any potential finds.

The BMSB page of the KVH website contains information and short videos about the impacts of this bug on homes, orchards, and industries overseas. There are also monthly KVH Risk Updates that detail activities underway over the high-risk season to reduce the risk of this pest getting here and establishing, and one page easy to read readiness plans that describe the work KVH and the kiwifruit industry have done to ensure preparedness for a New Zealand incursion.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it. 
Watch and share a short video about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful
fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home. 

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz