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Company Notices
27 June 2019
AGM reminder
27 June 2019
Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. The meeting starts at 9am and it is a a public meeting - anyone who...
AGM reminder
27 June 2019

Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 24 July 2019, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

The meeting starts at 9am and it is a a public meeting - anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend.

Information for growers about voting online will be sent out shortly and copies of all AGM documentation will be made available on the KVH website.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
24 June 2019
Biosecurity 2025
24 June 2019
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
24 June 2019

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more. You can also watch the kiwifruit industry's Ko Tātou This Is Us video - championing the importance of biosecurity to best business practice - here.

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Company Notices
13 June 2019
KVH director nominations
13 June 2019
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years. Nomination forms can be downloaded  here and must be returned to KVH by 5pm Thursday 13 June...
KVH director nominations
13 June 2019

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years. Nomination forms can be downloaded  here and must be returned to KVH by 5pm Thursday 13 June 2019.

Current KVH Board member, Grower Representative Dermott Malley (who was voted in at least years AGM for a one-year term) is re-standing for election.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on
Wednesday 24 July 2019.

R&D News
13 June 2019
New research published
13 June 2019
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...
New research published
13 June 2019

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.

Last week the following report was added:

·         Effect of tank mixing Kocide Opti and Proclaim on Psa control: Tank mixing Kocide Opti with Proclaim did not affect Psa control. Emamectin residues were increased in the Kocide Opti plus Proclaim mix, suggesting a positive chemical interaction which increased the longevity of the emamectin residue. Copper and emamectin residues were reduced 2-4-fold with the addition of Duwett, but this was a physical effect of spray application via a hand sprayer.

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
School garden an early warning tool for pests
13 June 2019
St Mary’s Catholic School in Tauranga is the second school in New Zealand to receive a sentinel garden; a project launched through the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative. As...
School garden an early warning tool for pests
13 June 2019

St Mary’s Catholic School in Tauranga is the second school in New Zealand to receive a sentinel garden; a project launched through the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) initiative.

As part of the garden launch last week, KVH’s Matt Dyck went to speak at the whole school assembly about the importance of biosecurity and the role the students can play with their own sentinel garden. The students and teachers were really interested to hear about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and other pests that they can keep an eye out for in their garden.

Sentinel gardens consist of a variety of host plants that might provide early warning of invasive insect species and pathogens. Students are required to monitor the garden daily for any signs of the pests and diseases that we want to keep out of the Bay of Plenty. So, not only are the gardens hands-on and fun, they are a great way to build biosecurity awareness and surveillance skills amongst the younger generation.

The TMBC team plan on launching more sentinel gardens in schools through the Bay of Plenty over the coming year.

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Zoning in on Psa risk and winter chill
13 June 2019
The Psa Risk Model shows current and forecast daily assessments of Psa infection risk based on weather. This gives growers a heads up of upcoming high-risk periods to assist planning of pruning and...
Zoning in on Psa risk and winter chill
13 June 2019

The Psa Risk Model shows current and forecast daily assessments of Psa infection risk based on weather. This gives growers a heads up of upcoming high-risk periods to assist planning of pruning and spray rounds.

Through the leaf-fall period, application of winter rate copper to protect new leaf scars is recommended, and after pruning rounds copper should be applied to protect pruning wounds.

Weather forecasts are also available via the model, as are chill unit calculators showing seasonal and historical chill unit data. Chill unit comparisons are available across years and between locations.

A reminder that when logged in you can also click the ‘Station Locations’ link to the right of the options box to see exactly where the weather stations are in your area.

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Unusual symptoms reported
13 June 2019
When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is...
Unusual symptoms reported
13 June 2019

When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is identified, managed and the growers involved are well supported if any further action needs to be taken.

KVH prepares full reports on every investigation which you can read online.

Last week the following report was added:

·         Armillaria mushrooms on rootstock: a cluster of mushrooms were found on a Bruno stump within a mature Hayward block 

This information is provided to help identify similar symptoms others may be seeing on their own properties and to increase general awareness of the importance of reporting unusual symptoms.

Stay vigilant, be on the lookout, and report any unusual disease symptoms to KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Have you completed your orchard's biosecurity plan?
13 June 2019
Kiwifruit growers are encouraged to strengthen biosecurity plans through a new guide from KVH. Implementing on-orchard biosecurity is the responsibility of every person working on or visiting an...
Have you completed your orchard's biosecurity plan?
13 June 2019

Kiwifruit growers are encouraged to strengthen biosecurity plans through a new guide from KVH.

Implementing on-orchard biosecurity is the responsibility of every person working on or visiting an orchard. With several high-profile pest and disease introductions into New Zealand over the last decade, including Psa, kiwifruit growers and orchard workers need to be biosecurity aware to protect themselves and surrounding businesses.

The new 5 step on-orchard biosecurity guidelines are a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases and have been developed to provide guidance, help identify risks, and how to address them.

By using the guidelines to develop a biosecurity plan, you will be able to identify and prioritise biosecurity practices that are relevant to your orchard and property and be able to treat biosecurity planning in a similar manner to quality assurance or risk planning such as Health & Safety or emergency preparedness.

What is a biosecurity plan?
It's a document that outlines how you manage your orchard and how you will respond to a pest or disease outbreak. It describes your processes on-orchard and how you are addressing biosecurity risks.


It can be as short, or long, as you need - the new 5 step on-orchard biosecurity booklet is designed to be used as a template, with tips and suggestions for customising a biosecurity plan that works for your operation and that can be built on over time.

Make sure that as you personalise your own plan, you involve all orchard staff and contractors so that everyone becomes engaged with the common goal of keeping your orchard and fruit safe.

Having a biosecurity plan in a biosecurity response or an emergency is critical. Early detection and reporting give us the opportunity to supress any kind of serious disease.

Why have a biosecurity plan?
As a grower or person in charge of an orchard, you need to have a plan that covers the steps you take when moving machinery, tools and plant material on and off your property, how you trace and record all these things, how you manage the risks that might already be present, and the steps you should take if you see anything unusual. 

By having a plan written down you can get everybody who's involved in your business on the same page.

Investing a little time in establishing good biosecurity practices on your orchard promises a hundredfold reward, not only through the smooth operation of day-to-day business but the avoidance of financial problems. movement restrictions, and possible market access issues in the future from unchecked disease or pest populations.

The new 5 step on-orchard biosecurity guidelines booklet is available from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz. Copies will be distributed in the GAP grower manual update packs distributed by Zespri. You can also view and download a copy here. 

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Be on the lookout for BMSB over winter
13 June 2019
As mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH and other horticultural groups are working together again this year on keeping the BMSB profile up over the winter months. The above video, featuring new...
Be on the lookout for BMSB over winter
13 June 2019



As mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH and other horticultural groups are working together again this year on keeping the BMSB profile up over the winter months. The above video, featuring new close up footage of the BMSB, will be used on social media and other online advertising over the coming months.

Online and social media advertising are being used to help get the message out about the lifestyle impacts of this unwanted pest, the fact it hibernates inside homes over the winter, can infest homes in the thousands and is almost impossible to get rid of. Successful advertising from last year through the MetSerive app and shopping mall displays/TV screens will be repeated again. 

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Tauranga Moana response prearedness
13 June 2019
In light of the current fruit fly response, KVH was part of a Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) workshop last week that looked at how prepared we are in Tauranga for a biosecurity incursion....
Tauranga Moana response prearedness
13 June 2019

In light of the current fruit fly response, KVH was part of a Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) workshop last week that looked at how prepared we are in Tauranga for a biosecurity incursion.

Around 40 people from a wide range of industry, community, biosecurity and education groups attended as well as central and local government, and iwi partners.

The workshop focused on how the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) responds to biosecurity incursions, the roles and responsibilities as set out in the incident mangement framework they use, presentations on the reality and practicalities of a biosecurity response (the fruit fly and Rena responses were used as examples), and the role of TMBC in supporting a response.

Whilst TMBC is not a response entity, the network was created a year ago to ensure plans and relationships are developed and prepared so that should a major incursion occur in the region, resources can be immediately activated to support response activities and help get information out.

From here, TMBC will be looking at further opportunities for response training so that the regions large pool of expertise can be used if called upon.

Read more about TMBC here.

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Auckland fruit fly detections
13 June 2019
On the ground efforts to manage the recent fruit fly detections in Northcote, Auckland, continue with the possibility of some controls remaining in place throughout winter. Over the past month,...
Auckland fruit fly detections
13 June 2019

On the ground efforts to manage the recent fruit fly detections in Northcote, Auckland, continue with the possibility of some controls remaining in place throughout winter.

Over the past month, operational activity has stepped up to include placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females, and the continuation of intensive trapping. The risk of finding further fruit flies is still a concern, and the focus on maintaining controls and continuing with baiting and trapping remains a priority.

Despite the large on the ground efforts, another male fruit fly was found at the end of May in one of the network of fruit fly traps. The single male fruit fly was found just 80 metres from the last detection on 10 May. There still has been no larvae, pupae or female flies found to date.


Read more about the ongoing response here.

Biosecurity News
13 June 2019
Spreading the biosecurity word at Fieldays
13 June 2019
KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays. Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri hub have shown a strong interest in biosecurity issues and the lunchtime sessions...
Spreading the biosecurity word at Fieldays
13 June 2019

KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri hub have shown a strong interest in biosecurity issues and the lunchtime sessions with presentations from Zespri, KVH and NZKGI have been well-attended.

Fieldays has given us the perfect opportunity to launch our new biosecurity booklet for growers, which has been very successful.
The 5 step on-orchard biosecurity guidelines are a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases and have been developed to provide guidance, help identify risks for the orchard and how to address them. Growers should use the guidelines to develop a biosecurity plan that works for their orchard/property. Read more about the guidelines here.

KVH is also taking the opportunity to catch up with importers of tractors and other machinery, to ensure they are aware of the risk of pest threats like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the protocol to follow if they find anything unusual on any of their shipments.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and KVH staff will be based in the Zespri hub at Mystery Creek again tomorrow – please drop in and say hello.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz