Joolz | Orienteering New Zealand
23/24 Leaderboard shapes-up
By Joolz - Wed 17 Jan 2024

An epic new O leaderboard season has started with the NSL sprints in Christchurch in December last year. Scott Smith has kickstarted the leaderboard into action for the new seasons events with progress feedback in a new spreadsheet. Check-in to see who levels-up after the Oceania Lonely Mountain Sprints. Info about the leaderboard hereThe 23/24 […]

Youth Summer O camp
By Joolz - Thu 19 Oct 2023

PAPO parents are planning the Youth Summer O camp for young orienteers aged school years 5-8. Based at Spencer Park from 5pm Friday 15th December to 5pm Sunday 17th December. Yes, it’s about improving skills, but more importantly it’s about exploring with maps, having a good time, making friends & leaving with great summer memories.  […]

Bulletin 2 v02 – Australian Orienteering Champs
By Joolz - Sun 18 Sep 2022

There is a new version of the AOC2022 bulletin two and we recommend that you download this version and delete any earlier versions (for those who have been organised and we know many of us are).  There are some important changes in this bulletin and they include: Use of pre-allocated start times for Goldfields 3-Day […]

JWOC experience
By Joolz - Thu 03 Jun 2021

The 2021 NZ JWOC team, as with last year, are unable to travel overseas to compete due to COVID19. The focus for the team is instead Queen’s Birthday.  The JWOC team will stay together and the manager/coach duo of Sarah Stewart and Matt Ogden along with the PAPO event organising team will aim to provide […]

MTB Orienteering Champs 2021
By Joolz - Sat 27 Feb 2021

ThMTB orienteering champs are for all bikers who like to make adventure trips interesting

Good sport, and medical practise, with Doctor Tom
By Joolz - Fri 26 Feb 2021

Tom Reynolds talks about his own orienteering experiences, and medical orienteering practises, as well as sports governance.

Junior O Camp – Participant feedback
By Joolz - Mon 21 Dec 2020

Not many countries around the world could have a gathering this big and also safely accommodate them to participate in intensive sport coaching. In NZ, we are lucky enough for 2020 to have ended well with 80 orienteering juniors testing their running and map skills in hot weather on a variety of terrain in the […]

Man and son with bikes looking at map
Crocodile XC park MTBO
By Joolz - Mon 21 Dec 2020

When asked if I would control an MTBO event at Halswell Quarry in Christchurch I envisioned an event traversing the open spaces of the Quarry Park with a few controls on the Crocodile and C2 MTBO tracks. Clearly I hadn’t been mountain-biking there for a couple of years or been in the park on a […]

Talk with Mondo Kopua | Marlborough Orienteering Club President 
By Joolz - Sun 20 Dec 2020

Southern O Week starts in Marlborough on 9th January 2021 with Nelson and Marlborough Orienteering clubs working together to host the first events. It is time to find out about the Marlborough Orienteering Club (MOC) and ask their president how the club is attracting a bunch of new members recently. Thanks Mondo for taking the time to talk with us. […]

South Taitonga Regional & Canterbury Champs Middle Distance: Kairaki
By Joolz - Mon 30 Nov 2020

Controller’s report: A brand new map ! But even at walking pace, this had me scratching my head a few times as we inspected the planned control sites. Yes, the contour data is generally excellent, but there’s a few spots where the clearings need a bit of work. We avoided the worst offenders and relocated […]

Is COVID-19 disrupting NZ’s chance to compete at events?
By Joolz - Mon 30 Nov 2020

Are New Zealand international athletes disadvantaged by taking COVID-19 seriously?Recently the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) circulated the minutes of their November Council Meeting showing a clear preference to press on with the international calendar despite Covid-19.  This approach may come at a cost – true international representation. IOF is proposing that world championships in all […]

Carmen Fookes in Switzerland med size
Orienteering at a later age
By Joolz - Mon 30 Nov 2020

I am definitely no expert when it comes to orienteering, having only started on the fun-loving side of 40, but I have learnt a few things over the past three to four years that may help some of you in the same situation. It is such a great sport but it can be frustrating at […]

Combines HANMER Rogaine Champs image
Be comfortable with being uncomfortable
By Joolz - Mon 30 Nov 2020

Two reports from the NZ Rogaine Champs in Hanmer Springs 2020. The first report is from Canterbury orienteer Greig Hamilton, who was in the top winning team with Chris Forne, and the following report is from an orienteering junior team, also from Canterbury: The event was held in Hanmer Springs, and this proved to be a great […]

Southern O entries open
By Joolz - Thu 26 Nov 2020

Entries are open for Southern O Week. Southern O will feature 6 courses for all events, so there will be a course to suit everyone. Enthusiasm for events has been building since Oceania has moved further away. See the updated website for daily events, and start booking-up some Summer nav fun.Enter here #SouthernOWeek #SouthernO #orienteeringNZ #SOW

Entries closing for Central Pokapū regionals
By Joolz - Wed 18 Nov 2020

Entries close this Friday for the Central Pokapū Regional Champs – 28 & 29 November 2020. And although this is called the ‘champs’, you do not need to be a champion! This is a great way to practice navigation techniques for your next adventure. You can enjoy the map reading in complex terrain and find […]

MTBO Champs 2021
By Joolz - Thu 12 Nov 2020

Great news MTBOers! 2021 NZ MTBO Champs are happening! Dates have been set for the 2021 NZ MTBO Champs in Central Otago – 17th to 21st April 2021. Get the dates in your diary, and stay tuned to the website for more details coming soon: #MTBO #MTBorienteering #MTBorienteeringNZ #MTBOchamps

Al Cory-Wright competing in the orienteering Sprint champs at the MastersGames in Auckland 2017
What does a convenor of selectors do?
By Joolz - Fri 30 Oct 2020

Alistair Cory-Wright has been a national selector for about 9 years, taking on the role after the long time Convenor of Selectors Marquita Gelderman stepped down in 2011 from the 3 person panel. Geoff Greenwood became the Convenor of Selectors, and Bill Edwards filled the other position. Al distinctly remembers when he was on the […]

Happy Orienteering Wellington organisers
Successful 2020 National Orienteering Champs
By Joolz - Fri 30 Oct 2020

As a nation-wide event to celebrate high competition in a friendly environment Nationals 2020 ticked all the boxes. It was a very rocky journey to the start line for this event due to the global pandemic. After every successful event there are key learnings. The organisers will do a thorough debrief over the coming weeks […]

Orienteering competition with Taranaki Secondary School Sports Association (TSSSA)
Navigation training in Taranaki for teens
By Joolz - Fri 02 Oct 2020

School orienteering and navigation training in Taranaki Orienteering Taranaki is booming this year with membership up from approx. 100 to 188 students. An important part of the club’s development has been concentrating on good quality and accessible secondary school participation in the various NavSport disciplines. Mainstay events are the Taranaki Secondary School Sports Association – […]

School orienteering training in Hawkes Bay
By Joolz - Wed 30 Sep 2020

Update from Hawkes Bay Orienteering on their challenges for young orienteers. Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club (HBOC) start their school training in January with a Junior Orienteering Camp which leads into the Summer weekly Sprint Series. The Sprint series are held in conjunction with an O for Kids Summer Series Competition for Primary and Year 7/8s […]

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