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29 June 2018
Kiwifruit Claim outcome
29 June 2018
The High Court has announced a ruling today in the Kiwifruit Claim case. Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) is focused on the future and working in partnership with government and other groups to...
Kiwifruit Claim outcome
29 June 2018

The High Court has announced a ruling today in the Kiwifruit Claim case.

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) is focused on the future and working in partnership with government and other groups to improve the biosecurity of the industry.

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings says the organisation does not have a position on the Claim but is supportive of the rights of growers and their entitlement to have taken this legal action.

“The judge has made a ruling and it is now up to the parties involved to determine what their next steps might be.”

“KVH works with everyone involved in the kiwifruit industry. Our priority will be to continue to work collaboratively with the 2,500 kiwifruit growers across the regions to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of our orchards.”

Media contact:
Lisa Gibbison
Communications Advisor
0800 665 825
02202 54724

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Know what to look for - free handy magnets
28 June 2018
As we mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH was at Fieldays this year talking about the importance of biosecurity and the magnets we had to give away were very popular – people have told us they...
Know what to look for - free handy magnets
28 June 2018

As we mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH was at Fieldays this year talking about the importance of biosecurity and the magnets we had to give away were very popular – people have told us they find the image of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) good to keep nearby so that they know exactly what to look out for.

We still have a few of these BMSB magnets left so please feel free to email us at info@kvh.org.nz if you’d like some sent to you for work, home, staff, contractors or even a community event that you think would find them useful so that we can help spread the important message about knowing what to look out for and what to do if one of these bugs is found.

Company Notices
28 June 2018
AGM a month away
28 June 2018
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place Thursday 26 July 2018. Growers will start to receive their AGM packs in the mail in early July. Packs will contain the Chairman’s Report,...
AGM a month away
28 June 2018

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place Thursday 26 July 2018.

Growers will start to receive their AGM packs in the mail in early July. Packs will contain the Chairman’s Report, 2017 KVH audited financial statements, the proposed budget for the 2019/20 financial year, and voting information. A copy of the KVH Annual Update for 2017/18 will also be included.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

When: 9am, Thursday 26 July 2018
Where: ASB Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Working across the country to tell our biosecurity story
28 June 2018
Last week KVH took part in a gathering of communications staff from across the biosecurity system who have set up a Biosecurity Communication Network (BCN) to make sure there is a national,...
Working across the country to tell our biosecurity story
28 June 2018

Last week KVH took part in a gathering of communications staff from across the biosecurity system who have set up a Biosecurity Communication Network (BCN) to make sure there is a national, system-wide approach for clearly and collaboratively sharing information.

By combining forces and working together this group will help share with the public, businesses, and media, stories from our industries about the biosecurity work we are doing and how everyone can play a part in protecting our livelihood, our lifestyle, our economy and unique environment. This will mean more people and organisations will learn and know about biosecurity risks, what they can do and why it is their responsibility.

Around 50 communicators attended the event from primary industries, regional councils, Maori, tourism, research organisations, government agencies, and universities. With KVH and Zespri representing the kiwifruit industry on this national group our work will be magnified, and we can influence the information and stories that are told about the kiwifruit industry’s biosecurity initiatives. 


KVH, NZKGI, Zespri and post-harvest representatives also have an industry communications group in place that regularly meet to share key information about biosecurity, key messages, and response plans for pest and disease threats.

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Problem Pukeko
28 June 2018
KVH receives occasional complaints that pūkeko numbers have built up and birds are getting into the orchard canopy and snipping off shoots in spring or feeding on ripening fruit before...
Problem Pukeko
28 June 2018

KVH receives occasional complaints that pūkeko numbers have built up and birds are getting into the orchard canopy and snipping off shoots in spring or feeding on ripening fruit before harvest.  They may also pull out or damage seedlings of many plant species.

Pūkeko are partially protected and held in fond regard by many, so be sure that pūkeko are causing the problem.  Also consider that it may be very difficult to effectively reduce pūkeko populations if there are wetlands, damp pasture or urban areas near your orchard.

If you do need to reduce pūkeko populations in your orchard, consider the following options:

·         Scare them out of your orchard with occasional bird-scare blasts, pyrotechnics or blank shotgun ammunition.  Ensure you have a firearm licence and comply with all regulations.  Don’t use firearms near urban areas and consider informing neighbours or local police in any area.

·         In spring, consider the use of bird repellent sprays.  There are strict conditions regarding the time and rate of application.

·         Pūkeko can be shot in the gamebird hunting season.  Comply with all Fish and Game hunting regulations including type of firearm.  If you are not the owner or occupier of the property, you will require a game licence.  Follow all firearm safety rules.  Firearms should not be discharged in an orchard prior to picking. If you have to shoot them, you can be more effective by taking out the lead bird.  Pūkeko are smart and move around in family groups, the matriarch or patriarch can usually be identified by careful observation prior to the shoot. 

·         You must apply for a permit from Fish and Game if controlling pūkeko at any time out of a hunting season.

·         If a perpetual problem, consider covering your orchard with netting.

Company Notices
28 June 2018
New Associate Director for KVH
28 June 2018
The KVH Board are pleased to announce the appointment of David Darcy to the KVH Associate Director position.  David has extensive experience within the kiwifruit industry as NZKGI’s...
New Associate Director for KVH
28 June 2018

The KVH Board are pleased to announce the appointment of David Darcy to the KVH Associate Director position. 

David has extensive experience within the kiwifruit industry as NZKGI’s business analyst and more recently as a Special Project Manager for Zespri. He was recently appointed as the Independent Chair of the Industry Supply Group (ISG) and brings a good understanding of the industry to the KVH board table.

KVH welcomes David to the team.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 June 2018
Have a say on proposed changes to regional boundaries
28 June 2018
A reminder that KVH is seeking your views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are...
Have a say on proposed changes to regional boundaries
28 June 2018

A reminder that KVH is seeking your views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but have resulted in some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island. At the same time KVH is undertaking a review of the KPCS certification system, with a view to ensuring that robust risk management processes and traceability is occurring for all kiwifruit plant material movements.

Proposed changes are detailed in the
fact sheet and map available on the KVH website, and the consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes. 

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Bug hunting bonanza in Italy
28 June 2018
New video from Italy shows the impact of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on kiwifruit and just how easy it is for big numbers of the bug to infest fruit and plants. Professor Max Suckling from...
Bug hunting bonanza in Italy
28 June 2018

New video from Italy shows the impact of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on kiwifruit and just how easy it is for big numbers of the bug to infest fruit and plants.

Professor Max Suckling from Plant and Food Research and the University of Auckland is working with local colleagues in Italy, where the BMSB is working its way through horticultural crops like kiwifruit, apples, pears, corn and other crops. His projects include gaining practical experience with traps and aggregation pheromone lures for surveillance and suppression, as well as further evaluation of the potential for the sterile insect technique to be used in the event of an incursion into New Zealand.

The research team at Fondazione Edmund Mach near Trento in the north of Italy are working on an exciting new lead against stink bugs. These bugs use low frequency sound to communicate with each other, which the team are trying to redirect and use against the bugs to disrupt mating, in a similar concept to how pheromone traps work for other pests.

As you can see in the video, which includes an interview with an expert from the local plant protection service, there is no shortage of adult and smaller bugs congregating, feeding and causing damage to fruit, leaves, and stems – a reminder of why we must continue to do all we can to keep this pest out.

Learn more about the BMSB on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Grafting? Protect your investment
28 June 2018
A reminder to all growers considering grafting this winter to protect their orchard investments by following good biosecurity rules. These apply whether grafting one plant, one hectare or a whole new...
Grafting? Protect your investment
28 June 2018

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

·         Select budwood from the cleanest source, or from within your own orchard.

·         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.

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

·         Keep records of budwood source and where budwood is used. An orchard map is a good way of meeting GAP requirement.

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

Biosecurity News
28 June 2018
Samurai submissions publicly available
28 June 2018
Views that were put forward on the application to introduce the Samurai Wasp into New Zealand - in the event of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion - have been released and can be read...
Samurai submissions publicly available
28 June 2018

Views that were put forward on the application to introduce the Samurai Wasp into New Zealand - in the event of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion - have been released and can be read online.

The submissions made to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) are from a wide ranging group of people and organisations from across the horticultural system and are generally in support of the application. The kiwifruit industry is well represented with views presented from KVH, Zespri, NZKGI, ISG (Kiwifruit Industry Supply Group), Maori Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated, post-harvest and many growers. This is an excellent effort and we thank all those who have contributed in this process.

The EPA has also released their staff assessment report, which recommends the decision-making group approve the application and grants a conditional release approval with controls. The controls are designed to manage the use of the Samurai Wasp, specify when the organism can be released, and who may use the approval and state for example that the wasp can only be released when a BMSB incursion is detected, and only at the location of the incursion.  

The next step in the process is a hearing where those who made submissions and indicated they were interested in presenting their case publicly can do so. KVH will be speaking at the hearing, currently scheduled to run over two days in mid-July.  From there, the decision-making group will consider the application (not open to the public) and a decision is expected by mid-August.

The application was made to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) by KVH, Horticulture NZ and other horticultural industry groups through the BMSB Council as part of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA). The stink bug is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face, and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The Samurai Wasp provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control the stink bug. Read more about the application on the KVH website.

R&D News
28 June 2018
Potted plant trial research
28 June 2018
Scientific research publications that drive KVH policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many...
Potted plant trial research
28 June 2018

Scientific research publications that drive KVH policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many different reports we make available.

A paper has recently been added on the efficacy of tank mixes on Psa control in Hayward and Gold3 potted plants. This research article helps us answer the question of the effect of tank mixes (two product mixes) of Psa control products with other pest and disease control products commonly applied close to flowering. None of the mixes tested significantly impacted Psa control or caused phytotoxicity. A parallel project had previously shown no reduction in the efficacy of Prodigy, Luna Privilege or Proclaim when tested with common Psa protections.

Read the research report here.

Company Notices
14 June 2018
AGM reminder
14 June 2018
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July. This is a...
AGM reminder
14 June 2018

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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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