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Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Stopping the stinkers
29 October 2020
The latest rules for importing goods from countries with Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) were released in time for the start of the 2020/21 high-risk season, with the updated import health standard...
Stopping the stinkers
29 October 2020

The latest rules for importing goods from countries with Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) were released in time for the start of the 2020/21 high-risk season, with the updated import health standard for vehicles, machinery and parts coming into force 1 September.

The standard increases the number of countries subject to offshore management requirements for vehicles, machinery and parts. Following discussions with Australian officials, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Portugal and Ukraine have been added to the list of BMSB risk countries, which now numbers 37.

Imports from countries on the list must be treated before they get to New Zealand unless they have been through an approved offshore system to manage BMSB and general biosecurity risk.

Following discussions with industry, some low-risk new commodities, may be exempt from these requirements. The items include small vehicle types, machinery, parts, watercraft and tyres. These commodities are usually manufactured and stored inside, reducing the chance of picking up hitchhikers. Importers will need to submit a manufacturer’s declaration to show the goods meet storage and other requirements.

Biosecurity New Zealand has also extended the requirement for all sea containers from Italy to undergo offshore treatment before arrival until at least the end of the 2022 season.

In terms of border operations for the 2020/21 season, more checks to measure compliance with import rules have been introduced. While the focus is high-risk cargo that could hide aggregations of BMSB, there will be more checks of lower-risk types of cargo too. For example, Biosecurity New Zealand will be auditing freight from countries currently not on the above-mentioned list of 37 and there will also be more scrutiny of cargo exempt from treatment.

A handy infographic has been put together to help show how New Zealand is blocking stink bugs from entering New Zealand across different border pathways. You can view the infographic here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2020
Mandatory monitoring due
29 October 2020
All growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions and all growers in Exclusion regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring. Resulted are due to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring due
29 October 2020

All growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions and all growers in Exclusion regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring. Resulted are due to KVH by 31 October (this Saturday).

If you still need to get your results in, there is an online form to help with this – please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form.

If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Coming soon to your screens
29 October 2020
The weather’s great, the orchard’s green, and the family’s keen – it’s the perfect time for some filming! We’ve been out with Darshan from Hume Pack-N-Cool...
Coming soon to your screens
29 October 2020


The weather’s great, the orchard’s green, and the family’s keen – it’s the perfect time for some filming!

We’ve been out with Darshan from Hume Pack-N-Cool producing a brand new kiwifruit industry contribution to the national Ko Tātou This Is Us biosecurity campaign, championing the importance of good biosecurity to protect our family orchards, homes, and businesses now and into the future. Watch this space as the final product won’t be far away.

You can watch our first industry video for Ko Tātou This Is Us on our YouTube channel. It features Campbell Wood from Pivot Horticulture who talks about his passion for growing kiwifruit, and how important biosecurity is to orchard owners and managers like him.

Company Notices
29 October 2020
Psa 10 years on: join us to recollect, reflect, and reconnect
29 October 2020
As mentioned in the last Bulletin, next Thursday 5 November will be the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. KVH is hosting an event to acknowledge this – it’s not...
Psa 10 years on: join us to recollect, reflect, and reconnect
29 October 2020

As mentioned in the last Bulletin, next Thursday 5 November will be the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. KVH is hosting an event to acknowledge this – it’s not intended as a celebration (though there is a lot to celebrate), but an opportunity to recollect, reflect, and reconnect with those that were at the core of the response and have shaped the recovery in the past 10 years.  Read more about the evening here.

This event is open to growers and industry participants however numbers are limited.  If you wish to come along to hear the recollections please RSVP to info@kvh.org.nz.

Where: Zespri building, 400 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 5 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.30pm  
RSVP: info@kvh.org.nz

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Re-thinking mail biosecurity
29 October 2020
New Zealand Post is shifting its international mail operations to a brand-new processing centre, which has created the opportunity for Biosecurity New Zealand to rethink biosecurity management for...
Re-thinking mail biosecurity
29 October 2020

New Zealand Post is shifting its international mail operations to a brand-new processing centre, which has created the opportunity for Biosecurity New Zealand to rethink biosecurity management for this pathway.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the new centre will be based in Wiri, some 7km from the existing location near Auckland Airport.

Biosecurity New Zealand are working with New Zealand Post and other border agencies to determine what can be done to ensure a smarter approach to meet the challenge of ever-increasing risk from rising mail volumes and changing biosecurity threats. This means moving from an existing resource intensive approach to one that takes advantage of intelligence tools and the latest screening technology.

The installation of 3D scanners (six at this stage) has been proposed, which will allow automatic detection of risk goods. Our Australian counterparts have already developed algorithms to detect meat and seafood in mail and they’re currently working on software to detect live animals and other plant material. The prospect for automatic detection of seeds is also looking good. In addition, the Australian trials show 3D technology is nearly seven times better at detecting risk items than the existing 2D x-ray gear.

The proposed new approach will also use advanced data screening of mail items to identify biosecurity threats. Conversely, the approach will also identify items or consignments that have zero biosecurity risk.  This information will allow Biosecurity New Zealand to target interventions where they can be most effective.

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Your free 2021 calendar
29 October 2020
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2021 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the...
Your free 2021 calendar
29 October 2020

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2021 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

We’ll also have the calendars at all next week’s Biosecurity Week events so be sure to collect one if you’re coming along.

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Fun Fact
29 October 2020
Did you know Biosecurity New Zealand was the first organisation in the southern hemisphere to train stink bug dogs? The dogs play a vital part in keeping Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) at bay....
Fun Fact
29 October 2020

Did you know Biosecurity New Zealand was the first organisation in the southern hemisphere to train stink bug dogs?

The dogs play a vital part in keeping Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) at bay. There are currently three trained sniffers – Georgie, Nova and Bodie – who will soon be joined by two more – Yamba and Ally.

The stink bug sniffers are used to carry out surveillance of international mail and airfreight. Dog teams also make weekly visits to four airfreight facilities with high import volumes. Other facilities get screened monthly or quarterly, depending on import volume.

Stink bug dogs are recruited from existing detector dog ranks or the pound. New Zealand’s training programme began in 2017 and the Australians followed suit in 2018.

Image: Georgie, one of three trained BMSB sniffers, demonstrates her bug-sniffing skills.

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Woolly Nightshade wipeout month
29 October 2020
As an extension of the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Biosecurity Week, Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) are running a campaign to encourage both the public and landowners to do...
Woolly Nightshade wipeout month
29 October 2020

As an extension of the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Biosecurity Week, Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) are running a campaign to encourage both the public and landowners to do their bit in order to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and controlling mature plants.

This highly invasive weed is a host of passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns. Shelter belts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard and Woolly Nightshade is easy to kill. We encourage you to get involved in this region-wide campaign - read more about it here and send in a couple of photos of your control work in action to info@boprc.govt.nz to be recognised for your efforts.

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
Two new Psa positive detections in Whangarei Containment region
29 October 2020
Last week KVH carried out the annual Psa monitoring round in Whangarei. Samples were taken from five orchards. Three of these returned Not Detected for Psa. Samples from two orchards in the...
Two new Psa positive detections in Whangarei Containment region
29 October 2020

Last week KVH carried out the annual Psa monitoring round in Whangarei.

Samples were taken from five orchards. Three of these returned Not Detected for Psa.

Samples from two orchards in the Glenbervie area were confirmed Psa positive by Hill Laboratories testing - bringing the number of positive orchards in this region to 11. Whangarei remains a Containment region with controls in place to protect Psa non-detected growers in the region.

Growers in Whangarei and other regions with Psa Not Detected orchards should be monitoring regularly to identify any symptoms.

This is the highest risk time of year for Psa infection, so it is important to maintain a good protectant spray programme and good hygiene practices. Refer to the KVH Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart  for which sprays to use when, and use the KVH Psa Risk Model to get information on risk levels from upcoming weather events.

As casual staff may be moving between orchards ensure tools are sanitised and good people hygiene is observed, and any non-essential vehicles are kept out of the orchard production area.

Company Notices
29 October 2020
Proposed Pathway Plan progress
29 October 2020
Thank you to all those who joined us last week at the contractor’s event about the Pathway Plan. The night was an opportunity to talk about the finer details of the proposed Plan and learn...
Proposed Pathway Plan progress
29 October 2020

Thank you to all those who joined us last week at the contractor’s event about the Pathway Plan.

The night was an opportunity to talk about the finer details of the proposed Plan and learn more about what the best tools and resources might be to enable implementation of best biosecurity practice in the simplest and easiest manner. We had great support for the proposal from the contractors in attendance and we were delighted to hear there was also agreement that when it comes to having biosecurity plans for how risk is managed on-orchard and between orchards, there is no ‘one size fits all’ - what’s important is that minimum standards are met across the industry and individuals have plans and agreements in place that reflect any biosecurity risk that comes with their work. More information about how the proposed Plan would be implemented and what a biosecurity plan might look like is available here.

If you haven’t already spoken with one of the team about the proposal and want to, or have more that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and if you know of anyone or any group that would like us to meet with them please let us know by either phoning us on 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Short case studies and one-page fact sheets about various aspects of the proposal are available in the Pathway Plan information hub we’ve added to the KVH website, as are more formal documents such as the full Pathway Plan proposal, and cost and impact analyses. The cost benefit analysis document has been updated and now includes an executive summary; a new scenario for measuring possible impacts should the proposed Pathway Plan not be adopted; and minor changes throughout to provide more detailed explanations of how assumptions within the analysis were formed.

We welcome all comments and submissions, either by completing the form on the website or by sending an email to info@kvh.org.nz. We have extended the timeline for consultation and submissions to Friday 11 December 2020 in recognition of the levels of feedback we have received, so that we can work through this and have additional discussions that ensure we develop a robust proposal.

Grower News
29 October 2020
Last chance to save your spot at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
29 October 2020
KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day next Wednesday 4 November 2020. Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives...
Last chance to save your spot at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
29 October 2020

KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day next Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives underway to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, the day will feature a series of presentations that highlight the latest happenings in biosecurity research and response preparedness.

Guest speakers include Directors from the Ministry for Primary Industries and research initiative Better Border Biosecurity.

Local and international kiwifruit specific research supported by KVH and Zespri will be shared, including presentations to help better understand how we could use Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) biocontrol agents in kiwifruit orchards, and what we know about Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome.

KVH will share what happens with unusual symptom reports and the day will close with a demonstration of the popular Find A Pest app that uses innovative technologies and scientist’s expertise to help users identify and notify potential pests.

Come along to see and hear all the latest news – this event sold out last year so get in quick to save your spot.

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Wednesday 4 November 2020, 9.00am – 1.00pm including morning tea
RSVP: Online
here

Biosecurity News
29 October 2020
In the news
29 October 2020
Live fruit fly larvae found in imported watermelon: Imports of watermelon from Tonga have been suspended after live fruit fly larvae were detected at the New Zealand border. The Ministry for Primary...
In the news
29 October 2020

Live fruit fly larvae found in imported watermelon: Imports of watermelon from Tonga have been suspended after live fruit fly larvae were detected at the New Zealand border. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said the Pacific fruit fly larvae were detected in a consignment of watermelons during an inspection at the Ports of Auckland. This is a good example of effective border inspection working to help prevent fruit fly establishing in New Zealand.

The fall and rise of the gold kiwifruit: New Zealand is the third largest producer of kiwifruit in the world behind China and Italy, and despite the global pandemic, kiwifruit exports have shown no sign of slowing but in November 2010, the industry was ravaged by the bacterial disease Psa which spread like wildfire.

 
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