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Pathway Plan and Protocols

Pathway Plan and Protocols

Controls have been established for all risk items (including plant material, rootstock, pollen and budwood) to reduce the spread of pests and diseases. Movement controls differ across different risk items and regions depending on risk. 

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Pathway Plan and Protocols


The Pathway Management Plan for the kiwifruit industry came into effect 1 April 2022.

It is a framework that better manages biosecurity risk for all the kiwifruit industry, and is the first National Pathway Management Plan, demonstrating the continued biosecurity proactiveness of our industry and an important step forward in the way we manage the risk of unwanted threats.

The new Pathway Management Plan is similar to the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), which expired 13 May 2023 after a 10-year lifespan. The key difference is that the new Plan doesn’t focus on a single pest - such as Psa and allows us to manage a broader range of threats.

This means we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

It retains important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g., controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) and also provides much wider benefits including streamlining and simplifying rules and regulations so they are more pragmatic, and giving growers and industry more value for money.


A grower levy funds the Pathway Management Plan. For the 2024/25 year the levy rate is 0.6 cents per tray. A copy of the Biosecurity (Kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan - Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2022 is available here.


KVH investigates reports of unusual symptoms to identify and manage any biosecurity risks.

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18 Jul 2024

Are you a quizmaster like our young growers?

Annual Young Grower competitions have been taking place throughout the regions over the last few weeks and we’ve had biosecurity rounds included in many of them. Congratulations to everyone who took part – it’s great to see such knowledge and enthusiasm for the importance of biosecurity. Just yesterday at the Bay of Plenty Young Grower event we provided an interactive quiz to each of the competitors, who impressed us with their on-orchard biosecurity expertise. Congratulations to Jack Canham from Apata for winning the biosecurity section on the day. How do you compare to this year’s young growers? Think you’d outdo them? Test yourself on the Connections game here (where you will need to group words that have a common thread, into four groups of four) before seeing the set of quiz questions we asked competitors here. Answers for the quiz questions can be found here. Good luck!

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16 Jul 2024

Mature plant movements

Winter is the time when growers look to replace plants on their orchards or plant new blocks. This article is a reminder that if these plants are being moved between properties there are biosecurity requirements that must be met to reduce the likelihood of spreading pests and diseases, including Psa. These requirements also provide the best chance of a successful response if a new organism was detected in our industry. While most kiwifruit plant movements come from nurseries, growers may occasionally move mature plants between orchards. The movement of any plants are a risk pathway, and it is important for growers to understand what’s required under the Pathway Plan, as outlined below. What does this mean for you? If you are taking mature plants from your own orchard for use on that same orchard there are no requirements under the Pathway Plan. If you are moving orchard plants from your orchard to another orchard, or source orchard plants from someone else, you need to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the Pathway Plan – by being Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) certified for example. If you are a Psa non-detected supplier, you will need to complete a Psa test. It isn’t onerous to become certified as an orchard plant supplier and there are no costs (unless diagnostic testing is required). The new Pathway Plan requirements are very similar to existing protocols. They do require planning in advance to ensure monitoring can occur while vines have leaves and are in active growth. More information about orchard plant movement information, including the KPCS manual and supporting documents, is available here.

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15 Jul 2024

Upcoming AGM and voting packs

A reminder that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up and growers will receive their AGM packs by email at the end of this month. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Special guest Dr Jacqueline Rowarth will be joining us to speak about precision breeding, followed by the NZKGI and then Zespri annual meetings. Where: Mercury Baypark, Truman Lane, Mount MaunganuiWhen: Wednesday 21 August

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