Proposed new Pathway Management Plan

KVH is proposing a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as young plants, budwood, pollen, orchard equipment and other items moved by people.

The proposed Plan is equivalent to the current National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose and makes sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

KVH proposes that the Plan will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g., controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits, such as:

  • better protection

  • more value for money

  • increased simplicity around rules and regulations

  • right settings for early detection of new threats

  • consistent and pragmatic.

The Pathway Plan will be funded by a levy under the Biosecurity Act 1993, with an initial rate of $0.004 per tray and a maximum rate of $0.007 per tray of kiwifruit. This levy will replace the existing levy for the Psa-V NPMP which will end in May 2023.

This means that KVH would effectively swap the NPMP levy for that of the Pathway Plan and keep KVH’s total levy collection from growers fiscally neutral and within the current total of $0.016 per tray of kiwifruit.  For most growers we have spoken to this is key, and they support no increase in total levy take. However, it is important that we do spell out the details of this Pathway Plan levy and we have done so in the proposal and summary document below.  

The consultation period for providing feedback about the proposed Plan closed Friday 11 December 2020 (the date was previously Friday 30 October but we extended this in recognition of the levels of feedback we received, so that we could work through this and have the additional discussions that ensure we develop a robust proposal).

KVH incorporated changes from the consultation period into the extensive formal proposal document which is available below so that everyone can see the final version submitted to the parliamentary process and how we took feedback into account.

We have also produced a shorter summary of the feedback received during the consultation period and the changes that were made as a result. This is available below.

The Plan was submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Minister for Biosecurity Tuesday 27 April 2021. If you have any questions about the parliamentary process that will now take place you can get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing KVH.

Please contact us if you would like us to print and send you copies of any of this material.

Formal proposal document: submitted Tuesday 27 April 2021
Summary of feedback and resulting changes: submitted Tuesday 27 April 2021

During the formal consultation phase there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal and what the new Plan will mean for growers and others who work on or visit kiwifruit orchards. These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phase) however they remain available to reference here.

Reference material that remains current is available below. If you would like us to print and send you copies of any of this material, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing KVH.


The KVH Dashboard is produced to provide the industry with a view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond to these threats should they arrive. The Dashboard includes a summary of information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from latest risk reporting by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The latest Dashboard is available here.

Ko Tātou This Is Us is a partnership between people, organisations, Māori, 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, and asks everyone to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life.

There are also several kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive in the spirit of this partnership - including the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence and Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital programmes.