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Christo Peters | Orienteering New Zealand
ONZ Council Update | September 2022
By Christo Peters - Mon 03 Oct 2022

What is your National Council up to at the moment? The agenda for the Council met on 19th September included the scheduling of the HP Hui, a recent meeting with Athletics NZ, further discussion about map scales, the of future filming of the NZSS Championships, the manager’s report from the WUOC and the progression of […]

World School Sport Games selection update
By Christo Peters - Mon 03 Oct 2022

Way back on the 9th July we shared our intention to select a teams for the World Schools Orienteering Championships. At that stage there was no information available despite us reaching out to the international body responsible for the event – the International Schools Federation (ISF). Over the last two months we have continued to have dialogue […]

View from the Chair – Sep 2022
By Christo Peters - Mon 03 Oct 2022

As Chair of a minority sport in NZ, I was interested in hearing the news about  NZ Rugby forfeiting $280k of Sport NZ funding, for failing to meet a gender diversity target of 40% women on their Board. Whilst the story about gender and inclusion is an important one, what struck me about this news […]

View from the Chair – July 2022
By Christo Peters - Tue 02 Aug 2022

It has been a fantastic month seeing kiwi orienteers competing on the world stage, and congrats to all of the athletes that competed at WOC, JWOC, and WMTBOC. In the ultra competitive environment of world champs racing, our athletes will have been tested in ways just not possible in our national competitions which has been […]

Greig Hamilton on the Berkley Marathons  
By Christo Peters - Sat 02 Jul 2022

If you think “Rip a page from a book” might make a change from SI Air, and maps with minimal or inaccurate vegetation could be fun, then the Berkley Marathon might be your event. It has worldwide notoriety, and a small hardy field of entrants in a ‘last man standing’ style-event that not many finish […]

View from the Chair – June 2022
By Christo Peters - Sat 02 Jul 2022

After 2 years of international competition being in simmer mode, the heat has well and truly turned up, with the first international Kiwi team travelling to Europe to compete in World Championships since 2019. There has been a palpable buzz and lift in energy around elite competition this year. It was noticeable at the Queens […]

Interview | JWOC Coach Briana
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022

How many times have you been to JWOC? How old were you when you first went?I have been to JWOC twice in 2018 and 2019. My last year of eligibility was 2020 unfortunately! I was 17 when I first went, and in year 13 at school. What did you enjoy the most when you were […]

ONZ Innovation Award winner Cameron de L’Isle’s project omap.nz
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022

Cameron de Lîle was awarded recognition at Nationals for his mapping project which is aiming to create a highly detailed (1:10,000 scale) map of all of New Zealand.  The first lockdown inspired the start of this project when Cameron discovered some software called Karttapullautin on a Finnish MapAnt website which has a high resolution map of […]

Club Profile – Orienteering Waikato
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022

Club background Waikato Orienteering club began life as the Hamilton Orienteering club in July 1975. Within a year it had built up a membership of 51. With help from the NZ Orienteering Federation and the (now defunct) Pinelands club, the club was able to acquire equipment to run events. The presidents report of 1976 noted: […]

Martin rides to podium – Vic MTBO Champs
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022

The Victorian champs weekend started on Saturday 14 May 2022 in the morning with the Middle Distance on the Nerrina map on the eastern outskirts of Ballarat. The middle distance event run on Saturday morning utilised the extremely complex single track network east of the Little Bendigo Primary School (the central assembly venue for all […]

View from the Chair – May 2022
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022

The month of May has been a very good month for the profile of orienteering across the community and the general public. The article on Lizzie Ingham which appeared in the Locker room (Newsroom), and picked up by a number of media channels was a brilliant insight to one of NZ’s top orienteers. Nothing new […]

Woods named to Manage 2022 WUOC Team
By Christo Peters - Sun 29 May 2022

Auckland Orienteering Club member Kieran Woods has been named to manage the New Zealand World Universities Orienteering Championship (WUOC) Team. Woods, admits to being excited to be appointed to the position only, having competed at the WUOC in 2018, the year teammate Tim Robertson won Gold in the Sprint. Kieran was the 2019 Orienteering New […]

By Christo Peters - Thu 12 May 2022

Take on the challenge of NZ’s largest annual rogaine adventure!The Great Forest Rogaine is a team navigation event with 3 and 6 hour Foot and MTB categories utilising the track network of the world famous Whakarewarewa Forest.  You are bound to go places in the forest you have never been before.This event is suitable for […]

View from the Chair – April 2022
By Christo Peters - Tue 03 May 2022

First things first, big congrats to the organising team at Nelson Orienteering Club for hosting what sounded like a fantastic NZ Foot Orienteering Champs. By all accounts the event was a great success, with some outstanding terrain, good maps and courses, and even the weather gods smiled. Unfortunately I was not able to personally attend, […]

What is on at the Australian Orienteering Carnival 2022?
By Christo Peters - Sun 01 May 2022

The 2022 Australian Orienteering Carnival is based in the Central Highlands area of Victoria and will bring competitors in range of a series of historic towns.  This article will help you work out where you might want to stay, what to visit and what to steer clear of, to make this a great holiday as well as a […]

GODZone 2022
GODZone 2022
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

A few insights from many of our orienteers who were participating on what is considered one of the toughest GODZone events. Craig Pelvin | Godwits: 1. How do you prepare for GODZone? Training. As a team all with jobs and families this required a lot of juggling and full team ended up only being a couple of weekends […]

Lake Kereta | NWOC double-header weekend
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

After the success of Nationals 2021 and the camping options at Leighton’s Farm, NWOC wanted to put on a 2-day weekend with maps and camping all in close proximity. The old Wilson Road map, once owned by Rob and Marquita, had been nicely growing away over the last 20 years and with local contacts, permission […]

Katoa Po - A night nav relay race for all ages
Katoa Po | Traversing Taupō turf in the dark 
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

A night nav relay race for all ages   Katoa Po is one of New Zealand’s longest running orienteering events. Started in 1981, it’s seen teams from all of New Zealand do battle over Taupō’s unique volcanic terrains in the thick of night. One of the highlights of the event is the age restrictions placed on different […]

World MTBO Masters 2021
World Masters MTBO Champs  |  Portugal, Oct 2021
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

At the end of the European summer last year we were fortunate to have the World MastersMTBO Champs go ahead. It was touch and go for a bit given the rising Covid numbers at the time, and a bunch of additional restrictions were put in to keep the Masters competitors separate from the Juniors who […]

CMOC - Counties Manukau Orienteering
Club Profile – Counties Manukau Orienteering Club
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

Brief club background:  Counties Manukau Orienteering Club (CMOC) sees orienteering as a special sport that you can participate in from almost any age, and over your whole life. It has the potential to be an integral part of our communities’ wellbeing, both physically and mentally. The Club has a deep passion for removing or minimising […]

View from the Chair – March 2022
By Christo Peters - Thu 31 Mar 2022

Well, after 2 years of avoiding Covid like the plague (sorry), it is finally here amongst us. Certainly in my immediate family there have been several cases in recent days and weeks, including one of our boys currently, so I am writing this mid isolation. I hope for those of you also dealing with this, […]

Central Junior Camp hosted by Orienteering Wellington
The Central Junior Camp
By Christo Peters - Mon 28 Mar 2022

The Lower North Island/Central regional training camp was based in the Wairarapa, giving the group opportunities to work on establishing and extending fundamental techniques on a wide variety of terrain. Coaching from Briana Steven, Joe Lynch, Kaia Jorgensen and Simon Teesdale allowed us to break the group into three cohorts based on experience and skills […]

Michael Croxford Getting to know our new ONZ events liaison
By Christo Peters - Wed 02 Mar 2022

1. Kia ora Michael, welcome to your new role. Can you talk about your orienteering background and what special skills you are bringing to this role? I first started orienteering back in the late 80s at Kaiapoi High School when I was a member of PAPO. I’ve always loved maps and can remember spending hours studying […]

View from the Chair – February 2022
By Christo Peters - Wed 02 Mar 2022

This week we had an excellent meeting with the organising team for the Nationals. Despite the situation we are currently in on the exponential curve of increasing Covid cases, the team remain committed and positive about running the Nationals in Easter around Nelson. Talking with a number of orienteers in recent weeks, I think the […]

The Southern Junior Camp
By Christo Peters - Mon 31 Jan 2022

Following ONZ’s decision that it was not possible to run one large National Junior Camp, three clubs took on the role of offering junior camps.  In the next few editions we have a brief look at how these camps went, starting with the southern regional Orienteering camp for school years 9 to 13 hosted by Marlborough. […]

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