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Readiness & Response

Readiness and response is about being fully prepared for significant pests and diseases if they arrive in New Zealand. This involves being able to detect them as soon as they arrive, and then being able to immediately activate the appropriate response activities in order to give us the best chances of eradication should they arrive.


In May 2016 KVH signed the Operational Agreement (OA) for Fruit Fly on behalf of the kiwifruit industry - a significant milestone to further improve biosecurity readiness and response activities for fruit flies and the first such agreement under the Government Industry Agreements (GIA) partnership.

Essentially, OAs set out the operational requirements for readiness and response activities for specific biosecurity threats and importantly, enables joint decision making and also clarifies cost-sharing arrangements between government and affected industries.

Since then, KVH has been at the forefront of developing an OA to help reduce the damaging impacts of the four most common biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors (completed in March 2017) as well as a horticultural sector OA for the management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) which was signed in July 2017.

Key documents


KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry to coordinate the deployment of industry resources into a biosecurity response. KiwiNet has been involved in the following responses:

Queensland Fruit Fly Response, Auckland 2015

The detection of a breeding population of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in Auckland in early 2015 resulted in a large biosecurity response. This was the first major biosecurity response under GIA, and the first time kiwifruit industry resources had been deployed into a response using KiwiNet.


Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591