Christo Peters | Orienteering New Zealand
The New ONZ Levy System | How to report events
By Christo Peters - Sun 12 May 2024

New event levy system for 2024 All events running from 1 January 2024 are subject to the new levy system. All event participation must be reported regardless of if a levy is being paid or not (e.g. fundraising events awarded event levy exceptions and those which no entry fee is charged). The new levy system applies […]

Actions required by clubs to comply with the Incorporated Societies Act 2022
By Christo Peters - Sun 12 May 2024

Overview Below is an updated version that was circulated initially in December 2023 Club Newsletter, then again in an email to all Club Presidents and Secretaries in February 2024 when Sport NZ resources became available. Clubs wishing to be incorporated have until April 2026 to update their constitution and re-register with the Companies Office who […]

View from the Chair Sullivan | April 2024
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

How amazing was Nationals at Easter? Amazingis the answer! OBOP and Taupō Clubs excelled in hosting over 700 orienteers during the four-day event, providing challenging courses on demanding maps. It was a delight to experience the high-quality navigation, where losing contact with the map or concentration could result in significant mistakes. Our selectors have been busy choosing various […]

AOC 2024  |  Australian Orienteering Championship Carnival
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

The Armidale / Uralla region is the location for this years AOC from 28 September – 6 October 2024. It is a section of the Granite Belt which runs along the Great Dividing Range. The Granite Belt has played host to many State and National Championship events. The Australian Middle, Relay and Long Championships will […]

Canterbury MTBO Weekend 
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

On the 13th April around 100 enthusiastic mountain bike orienteers gathered at Bottle Lake forest, north of Christchurch, to compete in PAPO’s first ever MTB ‘enduro’ orienteering event. In a format piloted by Central Otago Orienteers in 2023, the race consisted of a series of shorter MTBO courses linked together with untimed rides between maps. […]

Australian MTBO Champs |  Event information
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Australian MTBO Carnival and Championships 2024, 17-20 October in Canberra BULLETIN 2 is now ready here:https://bit.ly/AUSMTBO24-Bull2 Accommodation partner:Alivio Tourist Park became a Carnival Accommodation Partner and for all interstate and overseas participants they provide a 15% discount. Min booking 2 nights and offer is available for all MTBOers from April until November. Please use an exclusive code “MTBO” while […]

Auckland Regional Events |  Relay & Forest Events
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

The transition to forest orienteering begins in Term 2. Competition events can feel a little daunting. There is support available at the forest event on 12 May, in Woodhill Forest with experienced senior secondary school students around to help you out and get you started. Send an email detailing your name, age and where you live, […]

Manawatū school champs |  Entries closing soon
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

The Manawatu Schools Champs is Friday, 10 May, a reminder that all entries are due by Friday 3 May. Be sure to work with your sport teachers as registrations are through Schools via the RedKiwi website. Any questions? Please email red.kiwi.o@gmail.com Register here

Southland schools |  Entries close 13 May
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Your school sports coordinator will have received the info for entering the 2024 Southland Schools Orienteering Champs. This is open for beginners too, and you can enter in pairs or on your own, so don’t be afraid to give it a go! It’s only $10 per entry (pairs will pay a fiver each). Entries are […]

Zespri AIMS Games |  Is your school registered?
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

The Zespri AIMS Games is Australasia’s largest junior sporting event, held annually in Tauranga Moana. It gives 11, 12 & 13 year olds an opportunity to compete with  invited countries and fellow kiwi kids in  27 codes or sports. This is the first year that orienteering will be included in AIMS games, so it is […]

Get to know Marcus Diprose  |  Incoming ONZ Board Member
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

We thank Magnus Bengtsson for his position on the board for the past 6 years. Marcus put his name forward and was offered a position on the board.  1. When did you join a club? What motivated you to join an orienteering club?I believe I joined OBOP around 2007, but I was orienteering before that by running in the Auckland […]

Oceania 2025 Update | Lower North Island Region
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Planning is underway for an absolute treat of orienteering for Oceania 2025. You’ll most probably fly into Wellington and get to experience our coastal capital city with a harbour and countless beaches before you head into some forest terrain. We are still finalising the actual timing on the calendar year with our Australian mates. The first set of […]

View from the Chair | March 2024
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

It’s only a matter of sleeps now until Nationals and events on the much anticipated Crater Block Rerewhahaaitu map. It’s also so neat to see so many people attending Nationals. It’s not just for our elites. I love seeing the competition between people in all the grades. I’m so impressed with the numbers coming from what used to […]

MTBO Enduro Christchurch | Sat 13 April
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

A weekend of navigation & riding is waiting for you in Ōtautahi / Christchurch.Saturday 13 April  Enduro | Bottle LakeSeveral short MTBO courses linked together using the Bottle Lake MTBO map and other maps nearby. More info here Sunday 14 April  MTBOOY  | The WillowsMountain bike orienteering on the Willows map, mostly gravel roads with a sprinkling […]

Australian & NSW MTBO Champs
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

Many of you expressed interest in the Australian MTBO Champs again, and attached is the first bulletin. Entry fees rise by $45 on April the 1st for the 5 events, and Marquita and Rob have now entered. If any of you have friends that want to join us please pass this on. For the NSW MTBO Champs […]

Leading change at CMOC 
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

Counties Manukau Orienteering Club (CMOC) is growing a club culture focussing on continual exploration and experimentation with new ideas. This approach has resulted in continually improved performance and outcomes for the communities we serve. Youth-led growth & participation .At 14 years old Tim Bacchus joined CMOC’s Executive Committee to extend the age range to 72 years across the team. […]

Timo & Yivi  |  Aotearoa orienteering vacation
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

Timo Suter and Yivi Kastner planned their trip to Aotearoa this past summer as a holiday, but made sure it ticked all the orienteering events on the way. The timing was right to take a break from student studies and fit in a travel experience whilst they have more time. There was much advice and urging from others to […]

IOF mapping revisions |  ISOM & ISSOM
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

The IOF Mapping Committee has recently released updates to ISOM and ISSOM. The updates are valid from 1st February 2024 but are not mandatory until 1st January 2025. They are available on the IOF website via the link at the bottom of the article.  All maps for major events in New Zealand must meet this […]

Sarah O’ Sullivan | View from the Chair 
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

We’ve kicked off the year with a bang with Oceania and a great set of sprints in Taranaki and Auckland. We had so many orienteers from around New Zealand competing it was so great so many people made the effort to travel. Auckland’s recent competitions are attracting huge numbers. All of these are reflected in our […]

Katoa Po |Enter Explorer by 3 March
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

Team entries are in and Explorer entries will close soon on Sunday 3 March. We are reviving a facebook event page to keep you up-to-date with news this year. 2024 Katoa Po has just under 150 competitors. It is less than last year’s record which was combined with National sprints organised by Malcolm Ingham. We are happy with the […]

EYOC & WUOC expressions of interest for manager positions
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

Orienteering New Zealand is inviting expressions of interest for the following manager positions: EYOC 2024 – 21–24 June   Szcsecin, PolandWUOC – 1-5 August, Bankso, Bulgaria These positions would suit someone who intends to travel to the event. ONZ has not allocated a budget to these roles so applicants would be required to cover all their own costs in […]

Auckland Orienteering Club’s structure innovation
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

There is evidence of significant changes in some clubs in the past year, and Auckland is an example of a club that has been accomplishing big gains as they work on encouraging wider involvement of club members in their club operations.  To find out what has been happening we asked club president Neill McGowan to tell […]

Steve & Vicky Rees-Jones | Runners with a growing ‘O’ addiction!
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

Did you know we have some keen new orienteers who specialise in running and sports medicine? I chatted to Steve & Vicki Rees-Jones at the junior camp and then we caught-up for another chat recently to talk run training and specifically running for orienteers. Steve has a strong running pedigree and has been competing in […]

In memoriam|Pamela Morrison
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

On Thursday 15th February 2024 the New Zealand Orienteering community sadly lost a valued member. Pamela Morrison passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones in beautiful Hawke’s Bay. Pamela has been part of the New Zealand orienteering community for 30+ years, devoting an immense amount of time to the sport. She held various committee and […]

Athlete voice |  IOF 2024 survey
By Christo Peters - Fri 01 Mar 2024

From late February and in the following weeks, IOF is conducting a survey among all athletes who have participated in an IOF event within the last two years. This year’s survey covers both the athletes’ view on the sustainability of current IOF events, and asks for suggestions to enhance the event programme to better meet […]

Farewell Pamela Morrison
By Christo Peters - Sun 18 Feb 2024

On Thursday 15th February 2024 the New Zealand Orienteering community sadly lost a valued member. Pamela Morrison passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay. Pamela has been part of the New Zealand orienteering community for 30+ years, devoting an immense amount of time to the sport. She held various committee […]

Chat with Alistair Landels |First kiwi on world orienteering podium
By Christo Peters - Tue 06 Feb 2024

1. When did you discover you had a passion and skill for orienteering?I guess during 1984/85 as a 15-16 year old, was fortunate to have the speed to keep up with a lot of the NZ elite from an early age, first WOC in France 1987 at age 18, finished 47th, 29 mins behind the […]

View from the Chair – January 2024
By Christo Peters - Mon 05 Feb 2024

It’s such a privilege to be able to lead the board of a sport that has given me so much over the years: friends, experiences and fun times on a map. If you don’t know me well, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ORIENTEERING!! At the top of the Board’s list for the start of the year was […]

Katoa Po |Enter Relay by 29 February & Explorer by 3 March
By Christo Peters - Sun 04 Feb 2024

Have you planned your trip to Taupō?  The 44th 2024 Katoa Po entry dates are getting closer! This challenge is appropriate to all levels of skills and fitness and ideal for keen school teams to test their navigation skills, before heading for events like the Hillary Challenge (with trials in winter and a competitive school event in September (run by […]

MOC’s new van reveal
By Christo Peters - Sun 04 Feb 2024

When Nelson decided they wanted a new gear trailer, their nearby sister club – Marlborough Orienteering Club (MOC) jumped at the chance to take on a cheap 25 year old trailer and renovate it. MOC liked the fact that it opened up on both sides like an instant marquee. Stephen Bradley took it home, and his […]

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