Search Site

Newsroom

Print these articles
Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
All Hands on Deck at Bay biosecurity conference
25 July 2019
This week Tauranga proudly hosted the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s annual national education and training seminar (NETS2019), a three-day forum of discussion and debate on how to...
All Hands on Deck at Bay biosecurity conference
25 July 2019

This week Tauranga proudly hosted the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s annual national education and training seminar (NETS2019), a three-day forum of discussion and debate on how to collectively minimise the risk of biosecurity threats to New Zealand.

The theme “All Hands on Deck” recognised the huge value of joint initiatives such as Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and set the challenge for the development of more joint initiatives throughout the country.

Over 250 delegates attended, with speakers ranging from international and national experts to people working at the coalface. Presentations ranged from pest plants to aquatics, invertebrates and diseases, to technology and collaboration.

At the event, KVH showcased KiwiNet, the kiwifruit industry initiative championing biosecurity readiness and highlighted how surveillance and response capacity has been built via an industry-wide approach. For example, KiwiNet supplied 41 sets of feet on the ground to the 2019 Auckland fruit fly response between mid-February and the end of June.

KVH also hosted a “vine to vessel” field-trip showing best-practice biosecurity incorporated into everyday tours to Kiwifruit Country, sustainability and proactive biosecurity practice at Trevelyan’s pack-house, successful control of wild kiwifruit in the steep Te Puke gullies and finally an up close view of New Zealand’s largest port to see container inspections and detector dogs in action.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
Stink bug campaign up for award
25 July 2019
We're really proud that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign has been announced as a finalist in the upcoming Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards. The awareness campaign...
Stink bug campaign up for award
25 July 2019

We're really proud that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign has been announced as a finalist in the upcoming Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards.

The awareness campaign is a joint effort between Biosecurity New Zealand and industry groups who make up the BMSB Council under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership and has the goal of raising awareness amongst growers and the wider public about the importance of keeping this unwanted pest out of the country, how to identify it, and how to report any suspected finds.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony in Wellington on Thursday 1 August.

Of course this all means nothing without your help – be sure to continue to keep an eye out for the unwanted BMSB.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
A BMSB lesson from Europe
25 July 2019
A few weeks ago we let you know that KVH had attended a Plant & Food Research-run presentation by Professor Claudio Ioriatti, a world-renowned expert on BMSB, who shared useful knowledge from the...
A BMSB lesson from Europe
25 July 2019

A few weeks ago we let you know that KVH had attended a Plant & Food Research-run presentation by Professor Claudio Ioriatti, a world-renowned expert on BMSB, who shared useful knowledge from the European BMSB control effort.

Plant & Food Research have since released a podcast you can listen to on their website, where Claudio shares his first-hand account of the devastation this pest causes, and his experience in controlling BMSB and other invasive insects that may pose threats to the biosecurity of New Zealand. Click here to listen.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
Biosecurity binds with KiwiBerry
25 July 2019
KVH represents New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers within the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership, ensuring the two industries work together on managing and responding to biosecurity risks, and...
Biosecurity binds with KiwiBerry
25 July 2019

KVH represents New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers within the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership, ensuring the two industries work together on managing and responding to biosecurity risks, and last week key staff from both organisations met to discuss current and future priorities.

Learnings from the current Auckland fruit fly response, new on-orchard biosecurity guidelines, and the importance of traceability and record keeping were major topics discussed at the meeting as many key work areas for KVH over the next 12 months focus on these areas.

The two industries have a commonality of biosecurity issues - kiwiberry are likely to be susceptible to many of the same pests and diseases as other kiwifruit cultivars, so working together in partnership makes sense and by continuing to join forces we can further strengthen our efforts to deliver better biosecurity.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
Encouraging the next generation of biosecurity scientists Auckland uni presso
25 July 2019
Last week KVH, Zespri, New Zealand Winegrowers and the Auckland Council presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to help inspire students to become our next generation of...
Encouraging the next generation of biosecurity scientists Auckland uni presso
25 July 2019

Last week KVH, Zespri, New Zealand Winegrowers and the Auckland Council presented to post-graduate students at the University of Auckland to help inspire students to become our next generation of plant biosecurity scientists.

It’s vital to the future protection of our industry that bright young minds are recruited into this field and the presentation was a great opportunity to showcase potential careers that may be available to students.

Company Notices
25 July 2019
AGM results
25 July 2019
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held yesterday. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. All Resolutions were passed at the AGM: that the minutes of the 2018 AGM be...
AGM results
25 July 2019

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held yesterday. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

All Resolutions were passed at the AGM:

  • that the minutes of the 2018 AGM be approved
  • that the Chairman and Chief Executive's reports be approved
  • that the financial report for the 12 months ending 31 March 2019 be approved
  • that the Psa and the Biosecurity Readiness & Response levies continue at the same rates
  • that the budget for 2020/21 be approved
  • that William Buck be reappointed as auditor for the 2019/20 financial year.

Following the recent Grower Director Nominations there was one grower member vacancy for the KVH Board and one candidate standing for election.  Therefore, Dermott Malley has been duly elected to the KVH Board for a three-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.

Company Notices
11 July 2019
AGM special guest
11 July 2019
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will start at 9am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. Roger Smith, Deputy Director-General Biosecurity New Zealand will...
AGM special guest
11 July 2019

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will start at 9am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

Roger Smith, Deputy Director-General Biosecurity New Zealand will be attending the AGM as a guest presenter, providing an update on the work being done to protect our borders and improve biosecurity risk management on all pathways (air passenger, cruise, mail, freight).   

Roger and his team have responsibility for delivering border clearance services, incursion diagnostics, surveillance, and response management. He has over 30 years' experience in trade and border management and has also previously served in both Brussels and Washington DC.

Growers should have now received their AGM online voting information by email (or post if email is not available), including a personalised pin number and password. Login here to vote.

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

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019
These are some images of common species notified to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) during the recent Auckland responses. Can you spot the fruit fly? Click here to see if you got it...
Spot the fruit fly
11 July 2019

These are some images of common species notified to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) during the recent Auckland responses. Can you spot the fruit fly?

Click here to see if you got it right.

R&D News
11 July 2019
Psa research day
11 July 2019
Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, our industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio we continue to invest on industry...
Psa research day
11 July 2019

Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, our industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis.

Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio we continue to invest on industry behalf to improve the tools we have in our toolbox for managing Psa.

We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to join us for a session designed to profile our objectives for future Psa management, current research activities and key research outcomes from the past year.

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, Mount Maunganui
When: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 1.00pm – 5.00pm including afternoon tea

If you would like to attend please click here to register your attendance as spaces are limited.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Stink bug rules beefed up
11 July 2019
KVH is pleased with new rules provisionally released by Biosecurity New Zealand to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand. The new regulations will apply to this year’s...
Stink bug rules beefed up
11 July 2019

KVH is pleased with new rules provisionally released by Biosecurity New Zealand to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand.

The new regulations will apply to this year’s stink bug season, which starts 1 September 2019 and runs through to 30 April 2020.

Following consultation with industry, the list of countries that have requirements to treat imported vehicles, machinery, and parts before they arrive in New Zealand will rise from 17 to 33. These countries have all been identified as having stink bug populations.

The other big change is that imported cargo relating to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers. Only non-containerised vehicle cargo has required offshore treatment in the past.

Offshore treatment requirements will also apply to all sea containers from Italy.

The new rules reduce the biosecurity risk to New Zealand and the kiwifruit industry, by ensuring potentially contaminated cargo arrives as clean as possible. Biosecurity New Zealand is also planning to have officers based in Europe this season to educate manufacturers, treatment providers, and exporters about the new requirements and to audit facilities.

The release of the new import health standard is provisional for 10 days so that interested parties that provided a submission can contest the new rules before they are finalised.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
KiwiNet prepared for next response
11 July 2019
Last week KVH ran it’s six monthly KiwiNet workshop, with around 60 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The theme for the workshop was industry...
KiwiNet prepared for next response
11 July 2019

Last week KVH ran it’s six monthly KiwiNet workshop, with around 60 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The theme for the workshop was industry preparedness, and focused on sharing knowledge and expertise about the ongoing Auckland fruit fly response, the contribution KiwiNet has made, and how we can all continue to work together so that the networks input to the next response can be greater, if called upon.

Guests from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AsureQuality (AQ) joined the workshop to provide exclusive insights into response decision-making, impacts, and operational activities.

After presentations from KVH about the role of the kiwifruit industry in the response at a Governance level, and Zespri about the market responses to fruit fly and industry logistics, there was a panel discussion to provide a 360-degree overview of what it’s like on a response and what KiwiNet volunteers should know for next time.

The panel discussed KiwiNet members skills and experiences and how these could be enhanced with extra training opportunities, the types of support available from AQ and KVH before and during responses, and logistics arrangements that would help future volunteers in the field.

A portion of the worskhop focused on raising awareness about wider kiwifruit biosecurity initiatives, including presentations about the new on-orchard biosecurity guidelines booklet and the updated Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list.  

From here, KiwiNet members and KVH will work on improvements that can be made to the model to ensure the very best, well prepared industry resource is always available in a major biosecurity response. 

Read more about KiwiNet
here or in the June/July issue of the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
11 July 2019
Last call for biosecurity champions
11 July 2019
If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements. There are several award categories for...
Last call for biosecurity champions
11 July 2019



If
you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements. There are several award categories for individuals, organisations, and community groups at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards - KVH won the Industry Award last year and we’d love to see the kiwifruit industry represented again!

Visit the This Is Us website to learn more about the award categories and how to enter. Be quick – entries close Wednesday 24 July 2019.  

⇤ First⟵ Prev12Next ⟶Last ⇥

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz