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Company Notices
26 July 2018
Former KVH Chairman awarded Bledisloe Cup
26 July 2018
An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter McBride, accepted horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference earlier this week. Very similar to...
Former KVH Chairman awarded Bledisloe Cup
26 July 2018

An outstanding leader in the kiwifruit industry, Peter McBride, accepted horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference earlier this week.

Very similar to the famous rugby Bledisloe Cup, horticulture’s version was one of three cups Lord Bledisloe presented to New Zealand in 1931 and celebrates a person who has made an outstanding and meritorious contribution to the New Zealand horticulture industry.

The Cup was presented by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor to Mr McBride, whose involvement with the kiwifruit industry spans 40 years, including as KVH Chairman when the organisation was created in 2010.

KVH congratulates Peter on his award and acknowledges his great service to the kiwifruit industry.

Company Notices
26 July 2018
Help spread the biosecurity word online
26 July 2018
You, your staff, family and friends, can follow KVH on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages. We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share...
Help spread the biosecurity word online
26 July 2018

You, your staff, family and friends, can follow KVH on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages. We use the pages to engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry and share biosecurity messages with the public.

It’s important to us that everyone is involved in biosecurity and sees that they have a part to play in helping keep out unwanted pests and threats. We promote general biosecurity messages, tell our story (how we came to be and what or goals are for the kiwifruit industry), share positive stories about kiwifruit growers and promote upcoming events like field days and workshops.

Being online also enables us to spread messages more efficiently and quickly when we need to let people know about new incursions, any effects they may or may not have on kiwifruit (like myrtle rust), and what actions people need to take. You can follow us on Twitter ‘@KVHNZ’ or find us on Facebook and YouTube at ‘Kiwifruit Vine Health – KVH’.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Understanding the sea container movement process
26 July 2018
KVH recently visited Tauranga companies to learn more about the processes they go through when moving containers from ship to wharf and to packhouses and return, and to emphasise the importance of...
Understanding the sea container movement process
26 July 2018

KVH recently visited Tauranga companies to learn more about the processes they go through when moving containers from ship to wharf and to packhouses and return, and to emphasise the importance of biosecurity to the kiwifruit industry.

Operations and Compliance officer, John Mather, says the process of inspection and cleaning at the Port of Tauranga and associated container handling companies is very thorough, and it is heartening to see best-practice undertaken. 

“The operating procedures and general biosecurity knowledge of staff is impressive, and they are particularly interested in how they can help with the work KVH is doing to manage the potential risk to kiwifruit posed by a range of harmful organisms. There is a real sense that we can keep working as one team to protect New Zealand from potential incursions.”

KVH also continues to encourage post-harvest companies to be vigilant for any contamination or undetected hitchhiker pests on or within sea containers when they are moved to or from sites, as the more eyes looking out for the unusual or potentially harmful, the better. 

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Engaging with the next generation of biosecurity scientists
26 July 2018
Last week KVH, Zespri and New Zealand Winegrowers presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to encourage students to become our next generation of plant biosecurity...
Engaging with the next generation of biosecurity scientists
26 July 2018

Last week KVH, Zespri and New Zealand Winegrowers presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to encourage students to become our next generation of plant biosecurity scientists. Ensuring recruitment of bright young minds into this field is vital to the future protection of our industry, and it was a great opportunity to showcase potential careers that may be available to students.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Reminder to cover material during transporting
26 July 2018
It is a requirement that all plant material is contained and/or transported in an enclosed vehicle while being moved between orchards and other sites. To assist nurseries, growers are asked to please...
Reminder to cover material during transporting
26 July 2018

It is a requirement that all plant material is contained and/or transported in an enclosed vehicle while being moved between orchards and other sites. To assist nurseries, growers are asked to please make sure that if plants are being collected from a nursery you have suitable covered transport. Please contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz with any questions.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Nominate biosecurity champions
26 July 2018
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity. Run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the awards...
Nominate biosecurity champions
26 July 2018

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity.

Run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the awards support the objective in the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement to build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders – something we at KVH have been involved in developing and implementing.


Entries for 2018 can be made from next Monday 30 July and are open to everyone. There a number of different categories so if you (or your organisation/company) have been involved in a project or event that focuses on biosecurity, and you want to know more, visit the MPI
website for details. You might be biosecurity champions and not even know it! This is your opportunity to tell your story and share how you’ve made a difference in protecting the kiwifruit industry and/or the wider New Zealand environment and economy from biosecurity threats. Get in quick – the closing date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018.

Last year the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Operational Excellence programme, run in conjunction with KVH, won the Industry Award. Read more about the 2017
event and winners here.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Samurai Wasp up close and personal
26 July 2018
Plant and Food Research (PFR) Scientist Gonzalo Avila introduced KVH to the Samurai Wasp while staff were in Auckland last week. The visit to the PFR containment facility highlighted how tiny this...
Samurai Wasp up close and personal
26 July 2018

Plant and Food Research (PFR) Scientist Gonzalo Avila introduced KVH to the Samurai Wasp while staff were in Auckland last week. The visit to the PFR containment facility highlighted how tiny this organism really is – around the size of a poppy seed.

In addition to delivering some of the supporting research for the recent Samurai Wasp Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) application, Gonzalo is leading a new KVH/Zespri project to better understand the impact of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) to kiwifruit growers under different management systems in China, and the abundance of parasitoids on these orchards which will help inform on-orchard management should BMSB one day establish in New Zealand.

Company Notices
26 July 2018
AGM results
26 July 2018
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. All Resolutions were passed and the Director election results are as...
AGM results
26 July 2018

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. All Resolutions were passed and the Director election results are as follows:

·         David Tanner: elected for a three year term

·         Simon Cook: elected for a two year term

·         Dermott Malley: elected for a one year term

If you have any questions about the AGM results please either contact KVH on 0800 665 825, email info@kvh.org.nz or speak to a KVH Director.

All AGM documents, including Resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website. Copies of the new Annual Update are available here. 

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Managing the risk from imported plant material
26 July 2018
On 13 July 2018, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issued an Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting. This means that kiwifruit plant material can be imported into New...
Managing the risk from imported plant material
26 July 2018

On 13 July 2018, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issued an Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting. This means that kiwifruit plant material can be imported into New Zealand to be used for planting purposes, including but not limited to, use in breeding programmes if it meets the requirements of the IHS.

The IHS sets out the import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

KVH recognises importing new kiwifruit material is an important part of maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry. However, KVH has been actively engaged in the consultation process to ensure that the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats on this pathway is carefully managed and has therefore sought independent reviews from New Zealand and international experts to ensure measures are robust.

Importation is restricted to tissue culture material which is less likely to introduce threats than other forms of plant material. MPI has taken a precautionary approach to developing this Standard. Where uncertainty exists on the ability of a measure to manage risk, more than one measure is required. These include a combination of offshore measures; two years post-entry quarantine in conditions conducive to symptoms expression and regular inspection; and diagnostic testing.

Read the KVH summary and diagram of risk mitigations steps on this pathway here.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2018
Farmlands onboard with biosecurity
26 July 2018
Farmlands Horticulture hosted their annual Subtropical Crop Technical Update in Tauranga last week, this year broadening the scope of the three-day conference to also include a biosecurity...
Farmlands onboard with biosecurity
26 July 2018

Farmlands Horticulture hosted their annual Subtropical Crop Technical Update in Tauranga last week, this year broadening the scope of the three-day conference to also include a biosecurity presentation by KVH as well as an update on latest Psa research findings from the Zespri Innovations team.



Forming a key link with growers, the Farmlands team are looking to be proactive in understanding the biosecurity risks posed to their large horticultural client sector. Staff from Northland to Motueka attended and KVH presented their organisational role in the building of a resilient kiwifruit industry. Diseases of high risk to the kiwifruit industry and current border pressure from the most unwanted pests was highlighted. Of these, it was clear that incursions by pests such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) would undoubtedly have effects, spilling over to other horticultural and agricultural sectors. Farmlands recognises the importance of biosecurity and as a result are looking to roll out the discussion presented at the seminar via KVH to other Technical Reps involved in high value crops such as the pipfruit and viticulture industries as technical sessions take place.

Keeping a look out for unusual pests and symptoms and starting a conversation about biosecurity with growers both in-store and on-farm was considered a hugely valuable and proactive role all staff could be engaged in on a daily basis and a contribution towards building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million.

Biosecurity News
12 July 2018
Putting the Samurai Wasp case forward at hearing
12 July 2018
KVH spoke on behalf of the kiwifruit industry at an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hearing yesterday, cementing support to release the Samurai Wasp in the event of a Brown Marmorated Stink...
Putting the Samurai Wasp case forward at hearing
12 July 2018

KVH spoke on behalf of the kiwifruit industry at an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hearing yesterday, cementing support to release the Samurai Wasp in the event of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion.

The hearing is the final step in the application process to introduce the wasp as part of eradication or control efforts if an established population of BMSB is found here.

KVH Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck, presented with a focus on the importance of the kiwifruit industry to the local and national economy (now and into the future); the potentially devastating impact of BMSB; and the reasoning for why the wasp is viewed as the best overall control tool available. The EPA will be making all hearing presentations available to the public shortly. Please contact KVH if you would like to know more about what was discussed at the hearing. 

From here, the decision-making group will consider the application (not open to the public) and a decision is expected by mid-August. The EPA has previously released their staff assessment report, which recommends the decision-making group approve the application.

The application was made to the EPA by KVH, Horticulture NZ and other horticultural industry groups through the BMSB Council as part of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA).

Biosecurity News
12 July 2018
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
12 July 2018
Growers are reminded that there must now be no unpicked kiwifruit left on vines. Under the National Psa Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement that all orchard vines must have picked fruit...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
12 July 2018

Growers are reminded that there must now be no unpicked kiwifruit left on vines. Under the National Psa Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement that all orchard vines must have picked fruit by 1 July each year.  KVH will follow-up reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies.

Unpicked fruit can result in an increase of the amount of wild kiwifruit vines establishing in nearby areas of native bush or exotic forestry as fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds, which spread seed. Unmanaged vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

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