Part­ner­ship brings award win

Ki­wifruit Vine Health (KVH) has won an in­dus­try biose­cu­rity award from the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI).

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KVH chair­man, Dr Dave Tan­ner, said the win recog­nised KVH’s piv­otal role in man­ag­ing the ini­tial out­break of Psa and de­vel­op­ing ro­bust biose­cu­rity pro­cesses and re­sources to boost the ki­wifruit in­dus­try’s biose­cu­rity in­tegrity.

“The KVH team is hugely ded­i­cated to its role in help­ing pro­tect the liveli­hoods of New Zealand ki­wifruit grow­ers through mon­i­tor­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy, and part­ner­ships with Gov­ern­ment and biose­cu­rity agen­cies,” he said.

KVH chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stu Hutch­ings, said there was no doubt that by work­ing in part­ner­ship, bet­ter biose­cu­rity out­comes could be achieved. KVH was the first or­gan­i­sa­tion in the coun­try to sign up to a Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment (GIA) en­abling Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try to share de­ci­sion-mak­ing, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and costs for in­cur­sions.

“We have also em­braced a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach in part­ner­ing in the Port of Tau­ranga Biose­cu­rity Ex­cel­lence ini­tia­tive for many years and are found­ing mem­bers of the ex­cit­ing new Tau­ranga Moana Biose­cu­rity Cap­i­tal pro­gramme,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard in the biose­cu­rity space to en­sure a re­silient and united voice for the ki­wifruit in­dus­try, and it’s great that our ef­forts – and those of the peo­ple who have worked with us over the years – have been recog­nised with this award.”

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