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Grower News
13 December 2018
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January...
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018



With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 14 December and 7 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Company Notices
13 December 2018
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018
The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive...
Merry Christmas from KVH
13 December 2018

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

 

Also, Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period. Read the note in this Bulletin for more information about exact dates.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
KiwiNet training builds industry preparedness
13 December 2018
Last week KVH facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 40 participants from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The workshop was run...
KiwiNet training builds industry preparedness
13 December 2018

Last week KVH facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 40 participants from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The workshop was run with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and focussed on increasing understanding of how biosecurity responses are run. The day started with a rundown of recent MPI responses and the national biosecurity network, showcased with first-hand fruit fly stories and images from incursions over recent years.


MPI’s guest presenters Andrew Sander and Gabrielle Duggan then introduced the framework used by the Ministry (and other agencies such as Civil Defence and NZ Police) when initiating a response to a biosecurity incursion. The Coordinated Incident Management System, or CIMS as it is commonly known, is a framework of team structures, functions, processes, and terminology that is applied to biosecurity/emergency responses.



During the session, KiwiNet members split into groups and used the CIMS model to manage simulated responses to a fake Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion on a vineyard, near several other orchards, in a small urban area. Group members learnt how teams are put together in a response, how they work together day-to-day and what the specific roles and responsibilities of different teams are. Groups also had to work through the differences between being on-site in a response versus assisting MPI in Wellington’s head office.

From here, KiwiNet members and KVH will work with MPI on further response training opportunities.

KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network here or in the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
KVH sponsors award winner
13 December 2018
KVH has sponsored one of the 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...
KVH sponsors award winner
13 December 2018

KVH has sponsored one of the 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 Rebecca Gough (in the middle in the image above) by Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the School of Biological Sciences Plant and Food Joint Graduate School.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Heat on for Japanese vehicles
13 December 2018
Over recent weeks officials and industry have completed putting in systems in place to allow offshore treatment of used Japanese vehicles and machinery before it heads to New Zealand. The treatment...
Heat on for Japanese vehicles
13 December 2018

Over recent weeks officials and industry have completed putting in systems in place to allow offshore treatment of used Japanese vehicles and machinery before it heads to New Zealand. The treatment is a requirement under new rules to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from hitchhiking to New Zealand. They follow a spate of detections on car carriers arriving from Japan earlier this year.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says all three approved inspection operations in Japan have constructed heat treatment chambers at their various yards. The facilities vary in nature, but all have demonstrated they can reach the MPI-approved treatment rate and have appropriate temperature recording systems if records are requested for any treated vehicle. Each of the system operators has had to undergo a rigorous approval process, involving physical inspection and verification by MPI officers in Japan.

There have also been developments with how the biosecurity risk of new vehicles and machinery from Japan is reduced. MPI recently had staff there for six weeks assessing and approving supply chain processes designed by manufacturers to avoid the need for offshore treatment. These processes involve having strict controls in place to reduce the risk of contamination during manufacturing, storage and transport.

All new vehicles and machinery manufacturers now have MPI approved processes in place. This approval can be revoked, which would force the manufacturer in question to treat their product in the same manner as used vehicles.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Trials at the border improve biosecurity
13 December 2018
There are several projects underway at Auckland Airport aimed at raising awareness and improving biosecurity behaviour, including: New x-ray screening technology: an x-ray unit will be trialled...
Trials at the border improve biosecurity
13 December 2018

There are several projects underway at Auckland Airport aimed at raising awareness and improving biosecurity behaviour, including:

New x-ray screening technology: an x-ray unit will be trialled later this month that uses new technology to screen luggage before arriving passengers pick up their bags.  The idea is to identify risk items and bags of interest before passengers reach biosecurity lanes, so quarantine officers have the information they need before they interact with passengers, allowing them to make better risk assessment decisions. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are developing software that will allow the technology to automatically detect risk goods such as stink bugs.

First encounters: quarantine officers have started meeting flights from known stink bug hot spots like Chile to hand out fliers and ensure passengers know to ring the pest and disease hotline if they find any bugs in their luggage. MPI had 20 calls about suspected sightings in October from passengers who said they saw information about stink bugs at the airport.

Clearing huge hauls of food: there’s a project underway to test a new way of clearing air passengers who arrive with large volumes of imported food. Quarantine officers spend an inordinate amount of time inspecting these parcels so MPI, NZ Customs, Auckland Airport and airline representatives are working on a trial that will divert some imported food during peak times, allowing inspection during quieter periods. It may mean passengers have to return to the airport to pick up their food, but it allows for much more considered inspection of risk goods.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018
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...
Do not unpack a pest during the holidays
13 December 2018

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). It was only a couple of weekends ago that
26 of the bugs were discovered in a box of imported shoes, bought by an eBay customer in Oamaru – proving how real the threat is.

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




Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling overseas 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.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018
A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or...
Make the most of the Psa Risk Model
13 December 2018

A reminder to keep watching the Psa Risk Model as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather continue for many regions. Once day/night temperatures average 20 oC or higher, for periods of a week or more, Psa infection risk falls away but, in the meantime, growers should use the model to assist with planning spray and orchard activities.

Psa Risk Model graph showing upcoming risk based on data from the Katikati weather station

Additional features have recently been added to the model display to help interpretation, including a Graphs Guide (in the list to the right of the options box) that covers the basics of graph features and plots to assist users. A Wet Hours column has also been added to the data table to help provide some insight into the possible reason for days with low-risk (R index).

Please note that we have been advised access to the Waihi weather station has been temporarily disabled while data access issues are improved. We apologise for this inconvenience which we hope will be resolved in the New Year.

Biosecurity News
13 December 2018
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018
Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if...
Care when applying copper sprays after fruit set
13 December 2018

Psa leaf spots, and cankers which have been active through spring, continue to be potential Psa inoculum sources within the orchard. It is important growers consider their individual site risk and if risk is high, continue to apply copper at summer rates after fruit set. Ideally apply copper following canopy work such as male pruning rounds. Similarly, extra care with tool hygiene should be observed.

When applying coppers, for crop safety, maintain a five to seven-day gap between copper and foliar sprays, and do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions or high humidity. Check the pH of the spray mix and use buffers to adjust this as necessary. For example, Kocide Opti should not be applied at less than pH 6.5 as this may lead to fruit marking. Apply products on their own, rather than tank mixed with other products as this further reduces risk of leaf or fruit damage.

Take care with the timing of copper sprays applied after fruit set. The recommendation is to avoid spraying through skin sensitive periods.  For Gold, skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set. The risk of fruit marking becomes higher between 28 and 42 days after fruit set, then risk lessens but still continues from 42 until 80 days after fruit set. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. To avoid mistakes, note fruit set dates and safe spray periods on your calendar as an easy reference.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018
From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand...
New biosecurity fines to be introduced
29 November 2018

From early next year arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand to risk from harmful diseases and pests. The new offences will introduce fines of $400 for individuals and $800 for other entities, such as companies, for low-level offending that is not significant enough to warrant prosecution.

The infringements will send a strong message about the importance of biosecurity and will deter people and organisations from breaking the rules. They are another measure that adds further protection to our border.

Read more about the changes on the Ministry for Primary Industries website here.

Biosecurity News
29 November 2018
BMSB over winter results
29 November 2018
For the first time KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industry groups through the GIA partnership, ran a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign over the...
BMSB over winter results
29 November 2018

For the first time KVH, alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industry groups through the GIA partnership, ran a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign over the autumn/winter period to create awareness with the general public about looking out for BMSB overwintering in homes.

New advertising was created, to focus on BMSB coming indoors to overwinter and infest a house, and channels includes print, social media, digital displays, videos, and ‘out of home’ activity like shopping malls.

The campaign had good results in generating wide reach and awareness but was lower on notifications to the MPI contact centre than in summer, which we think is probably a seasonal thing (more native species to see in summer, so more likely to be reports of bugs). In summary:

·         there were 69 calls to the 0800 pest and disease hotline (as with the summer campaigns we run, most calls were generated by digital/video advertising)

·         digital/video advertising was seen more than 3.5 million times and as with the summer campaign, MetService was the most seen and delivered the most click throughs to BMSB web pages

·         nearly 18,000 people viewed the BMSB web page on the MPI website (15,000 more than last year with no campaign)

·         31 digital screens ran in 18 shopping malls in key airport/port cities of Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch. Suppliers also donated an extra 87 screens and 10 large banners worth around $280,000. All up, these were passed by foot traffic of nearly four million.

Overall, the campaign achieved the objective of generating awareness and reaching New Zealanders.  The shopping mall, print, and digital advertising all had high numbers of eyeballs on the ads. There were lower call numbers and website figures (than we see over summer) but this reflects the focus of our winter campaign being on raising awareness rather than taking direct action.

Digital advertising is still proving to be the most effective way of attracting attention and leading people to the website and pest hotline. 

Grower News
29 November 2018
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018
Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the...
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018

Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the opportunity to attend, hear the latest updates and talk with industry staff and other growers about orchard management for the summer.

KVH staff are at the roadshows sharing information about the exciting new Ko Tatou This Is Us biosecurity awareness campaign; high-risk pests at this time of the year; and the likely economic and social impacts of an incursion on the industry.

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