Kiwifruit Vine Health Biosecurity Survey
Biosecurity is critical to all primary industry sectors, including the kiwifruit industry. We are surveying growers across several key industries (kiwifruit, avocado, passionfruit, forestry) to assess their perceptions and behaviours regarding biosecurity.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you don't have to answer any questions you don't want to. Results will be reported at an industry level. You will not be identified in any of the results produced.

For the purpose of this survey, the definition of biosecurity we are using is from the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement: Biosecurity is the exclusion, eradication or management of pests (insects, plant and animals) and diseases that pose a risk to the economy, environment, cultural and social values, including human health.
What is your role?
What region of New Zealand are you in?
Your answer
Overall, how important do you think it is to protect New Zealand from unwanted pests and diseases?
Not at all important
Extremely important
To what extent do you think each of the following parties is responsible for biosecurity within your industry?
1 Very low extent
2
3
4
5 Very high extent
Industry
Regional councils
Industry bodies (e.g. KVH, NZ Avocado, Forest Owners Association, Passionfruit Growers Association)
Importers
Biosecurity New Zealand / Ministry for Primary Industries
Growers / people in orchards or in plantations
Everyone (including the public)
How often are the following biosecurity practices undertaken on the orchard/plantation forest you work on or are in charge of?
Never
Sometimes
Always
Not sure
Agreeing biosecurity requirements (e.g.cleaning of gear, protocols for biosecurity) with staff and contractors before work starts
Checking vehicles and machinery entering the area (e.g. farm or forest) and removing visible soil or plant material
Cleaning all tools entering the area with an effective sanitiser
Sourcing certified plants / propagation material
Restricting access to the area
Monitoring the plant / trees
Following-up any unusual symptoms on plants / trees with a relevant expert to determine appropriate action
To what extent are staff on the orchard or plantation forest you work on trained to recognise signs or symptoms of potential biosecurity risks?
Very low extent
Very high extent
Do you have a biosecurity management plan? (A plan specific to your operation, that provides visitors and workers with biosecurity guidance and agreed practices, helps to identify risks and how to address them).
Please rate the extent to which each of these factors is a barrier to you doing more about biosecurity on the orchard or plantation forest which you work on.
1 Not a barrier
2
3
4
5 Extreme barrier
Cost
Time
Impractical
Not sure what to do
Other more important things to do
Haven't thought about it
No perceived need
No perceived benefit
What specific information would be useful when deciding which (if any) biosecurity measures to put in place?
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