Drop In Session on SH1 80km/h Speed Limit

Community members in Warkworth and Puhoi are invited to share their views on the speed limit on State Highway 1 as the NZ Transport Agency strives to make the roads safer for everyone who uses them.

The Transport Agency will hold drop in public meetings and invite online feedback about proposals to:

  • Reduce the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h from SH1 L Phillips Road (near Sheepworld) to Kaipara Flats Rd
  • Reduce the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h from Warkworth to Puhoi

The Transport Agency’s Director of Regional Relationships Steve Mutton says the proposed changes to speed limits would have minimal impact on travel time. Along the 15km route, average travel times would increase by just over 10 seconds.

There have been a high number of crashes on State Highway 1 between L Phillips Road and Puhoi. Between 2009 and 2018, there were 209 crashes, 13 people were killed and 45 people were seriously injured. More than 23,000 vehicles travel the route each day with vehicle numbers increasing.

“Along with the devasting effect on families and communities, crashes on this route can cause extensive delays and long detours if there are road closures,” says Mr Mutton.

“We want to make the roads safer for everyone who uses them. We are doing this through a range of safety treatments between Warkworth and Wellsford, but we can also make this stretch of road safer by ensuring we have appropriate and safe speeds.”

“Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and the severity of crashes when they happen. A small reduction in speed can make a big difference, especially when cyclists or pedestrians are involved. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but even when it’s not the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed.”

The NZ Transport Agency is currently identifying roads where reviewing speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries, and where communities are calling for change. These speed reviews are part of the Transport Agency’s Safe Network Programme which aims to save up to 160 deaths and serious injuries every year across New Zealand’s highest risk state highways and local roads.

Locals know their roads, so we want to hear what you think about current speed limits and the proposed changes. We’ll use your feedback to recommend what speed limits are best for these roads and then formally consult with you again. You can provide feedback by:

  • Visiting nzta.govt.nz/auckland-speed-reviews
  • Attending a drop-in session

    Saturday, 19 October 2019
    BP Warkworth
    67 Auckland Rd SH1, College Estate, Warkworth

    Sunday 20 October 2019
    Puhoi Centennial Hall
    88 Puhoi Rd, Puhoi

Feedback closes midnight Monday, 28 October 2019.

Puhoi Axemen woodchopping Carnival

Puhoi Axemen`s club is hosting the largest woodchopping event in the Northland Calender in association with The Puhoi Hotel and Stables.
Axemen will come from around the country and Australia to compete at this major event, so come grab a beer and watch the show, plenty of merchandise to buy and raffles to win.

Puhoi Community Forum Meeting to Be Held On Tuesday 27th August at 7.30pm at the Puhoi Sports Club – Agenda






Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 30TH JULY 2019.

Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

Treasurer’s Report – for July – as previously circulated by Jenny Schollum.

Greg Sayers – Attending to talk with residents regarding transport and other local issues.

General Business

(i) Working Group Updates

Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park
Community Orchard Final Plan & Creating a Working Group
Lease Update

Road Safety Group
AT & Traffic Calming
NX2 updates

Puhoi Heritage Museum

Waiwera Valley Association

Puhoi Village Market

Civil Defense/Neighborhood Support
Update from Judith re Event Day

(ii) Miscellaneous Items

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th September at 7.30pm.

Market Day on Sunday 25th

Join us at this month’s market. Relaxed, quirky, family friendly, easy parking.
Music by Puhoi locals, Natalie Northover Winter and Rock ‘n Horse
New food truck this month. Brody and Josh are both professional chefs with over 20 years’ experience in an array of cuisines and decided to launch their sustainable burger concept earlier this year. Creating tasty beef and vegan burgers with the best local produce available.
Car boot spots available, book now. Many treasures to be found.

Puhoi Organic Distillery

By Alex Kirichuk

Business Biography

The Kirichuk Family

By now Puhoi Organic Distillery has become a recognized boutique niche brand created by Kirichuk family, based solely on the internal family’s knowledge, skills and resources. Despite the miniature size of the Distillery team, operated by only three family members, the Distillery’s range amazes the connoisseurs both with the number of the products, and with the unobtainable level of their bespoke quality.

Our efforts helped to position the small sleepy New Zealand village of Puhoi as a major attraction for the world’s experts in the area of elite alcohol. The best proof of this is the May 2019 publication by Lonely Planet titled ‘Global Distillery Tour’:If you’re after a genuinely boutique experience, this distillery should top your list, says the world’s most trusted tour guide about Puhoi Organic Distillery. Such high evaluation proves that the Strategic ‘Mission Impossible’ idea composed in 2004 by three highly skilled Ukrainian immigrants was successfully realized in New Zealand, the best country for such daring innovative beginnings.

The Puhoi Organic Distillery’s statement: “We apply the curative power of Mother Nature to bring happiness and wellbeing to people and leave only green footprints on the Planet” reflects the family’s business philosophy and the revolutionary technological concept invented by the family.

Nowadays aggressive marketing degraded perception of alcohol to the “inevitable evil” status. This is despite of the fact that only recently it was (and sometimes still remains) the core ingredient of the majority of effective and commonly used remedies. The driving forces behind this rapid degradation were giant pharmaceutical companies and the greedy unscrupulous manufacturers of the cheap & nasty booze. Puhoi Organic Distillery’s team strongly objects to this “inevitable evil” tendency, and does not want to be a part of this dirty game, therefore a multi-stage innovative approach has been adopted to reverse these sad and unhealthy trends. As one of the victorious results, the Art & Science of Enotherapy (treatment by alcohol-based remedies) was revived by our team in the 21st century in Kiwiland.

Our Strategic “Mission Impossible” plan, formulated in 2004, included creation of Enotherapy R&D laboratory, which would provide home occupation for the whole family. At the same time our activity was required to be 100% environmentally friendly and sustainable for our family team, working there, and for the environment of the historic Puhoi village.

The key persons responsible for the success of the Strategic “Mission Impossible” plan realisation are husband and wife, Alex and Iryna Kirichuk.

Alex Kirichuk is a celebrated Master Distiller, who graduated as a Nuclear Power Engineer in the USSR (thank God, a totally useless qualification in NZ), and then re-applied his unique set of skills and knowledge to the invention of revolutionising, cutting edge eco-friendly distillation technologies and equipment here in New Zealand. Alex has been recognised as a guru in the art of distillation internationally, and his advice has been sought by the professionals from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Japan, China, Philippines, Ukraine, Russia, etc.

Alex would be destined to die after Chernobyl disaster in 1986, due to the cruel communist system of the USSR which deployed Alex and his colleagues to deal with the nuclear power incident. However, his wife Dr Iryna Kirichuk (MD), had different plans, and used her knowledge and skills to save the life of the future Master Distiller.

Dr Iryna Kirichuk (MD), presently is the world’s only expert in Enotherapy practicing in New Zealand. She transforms more than 30 years of her medical experience (specializing in Cardiology) into the unique formulations of functional beverages according to the Science of Enotherapy, which are handcrafted by Puhoi Organic Distillery. Dr Kirichuk (MD) is also one of the top international experts in the fields of Natural Adaptogens, herbal medicine, bee products and other natural methods of treatment.

The second generation of the family team is represented by Victoria Kirichuk, Master Distiller Junior & the in-house Perfumer, with the background in Business & Management, who, as a polyglot (speaks five languages) runs our PR.

Even such talented team required eleven challenging long years of non-commercial R&D activity in order to open Puhoi Organic Distillery’s boutique workshop in October 2015, the result of which were the following innovative achievements:

  • A unique all-natural recipe range developed
  • Unique equipment designed and custom-made locally
  • Revolutionizing technologies created, tested and approved
  • Multiple required licenses, certificates and permits obtained from Auckland Council and NZ Customs
  • Eco-friendly, solar-powered workshop built on the Kirichuk family property, equipped with all the necessary modern engineering systems (own deep artesian water bore, communications, Wi-Fi, hard-surface driveway and spatial visitor parking, certified kitchen, septic and after-septic irrigation field, gravity cooling system, CCTV, etc).
  • Packaging design and brand elements developed in-house (brands, logos, labels, styling, art photos, etc.) by the family team
  • Intellectual Property protection implemented by the family team (13 Trade Marks registered with IPONZ) without extrinsic help
  • Company website/online store www.spirits.net.nz designed, developed and run by the family team without extrinsic IT help
  • Strong networks with the direct suppliers of ingredients, packaging, etc. established without mediators and middlemen
  • Multi-stage 5-year Strategic Plan developed for 2015-2020 years. The Strategic Plan is based on the self-sufficiency and internal family financial, labour and intellectual resources

In October 2015 the commercial Distillery’s workshop was open on the family’s residential property at 9 Saleyards Road, Puhoi. Our family team adhered to the Strategic Plan, the success of which has been proved by the following achievements:

  • In 2016 our customer list was enriched by such distinguished customers as Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Giraffe restaurant by Simon Gault, Wharekauhau Lodge, and others.
  • In 2017 Puhoi Organic Distillery became a Finalist in the Best Emerging Business category, Westpac Awards.
  • In 2018 Puhoi Organic Distillery was awarded with two significant awards:
    1) People’s Choice Award, Westpac Awards

2) Best Artisan Spirit with Artisan Food&Beverage Awards powered by Massey University

  • Named by Lonely Planet as the “top of the list boutique distillery worldwide”

As of today, Puhoi Organic Distillery has received not only an unimpeachable recognition as the craft manufacturer of ‘unobtainable’ level of spirits and other fine products, but also became an educational Enotherapy centre and the only Distillery in Auckland open for tourists.

According our company’s policy, we chose not to supply to the mainstream liquor stores. Therefore, our products are showcased only with the high-end, highly reputable merchants such as Smith&Caugheys and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

Currently Puhoi Organic Distillery is at the final stage of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, which includes export development. The multiple International Spirits’ Competitions’ Awards and the initial successful steps of export to Australia and UK have encouraged our planning of further export development to other countries such as China, Japan, Singapore, etc. The successful realization of our initial Strategic Plan enabled us to commence early work on our next, 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

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