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Change of heart revitalises top orienteer (Newsroom)
Change of heart revitalises top orienteer (Newsroom)
By Joolz Moore (ONZ Editor) - Fri 20 May 2022

Cardiac arrest and open heart surgery haven’t slowed down top Kiwi orienteer Lizzie Ingham, who’s on her way to her yet another world championship, Merryn Anderson writes.

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 […]

NZOC2022 – The Battle of Canaan Downs (Matt Ogden)
NZOC2022 – The Battle of Canaan Downs (Matt Ogden)
By Matt - Fri 15 Apr 2022

50 years of New Zealand Orienteering Championships, we are now at the eve of NZOC2022. The calm before the storm. It seems that making it to the start line for this year’s nationals is itself a challenge with many succumbing to COVID or the isolation requirements in the final week. The event though has seen some […]

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 […]

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, […]

NSL Round 1, Race 1 Review
By Duncan Morrison - Fri 04 Mar 2022

Ingham and Lynch Resume Service Freyberg High School and Pit Park in Palmerston North provided the backdrop for the first ever National Sprint League (NSL) race this evening. While the map and series may be brand new, our victors were certainly not – both Joseph Lynch and Lizzie Ingham picking up where they left off […]

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 Cross Challenge has been cancelled – what now?
By Christo Peters - Sun 01 Aug 2021

On Thursday 22nd July ONZ’s Council met to discuss (among other things), the fate of the Southern Cross Challenge – an annual challenge takes place at the Australian School Orienteering Championships. Prior to the meeting a lot of work had been put into investigating and planning for a number of covid-related challenges; immunisation (not a possibility […]

Map Papers
Waterproof Paper discussion June 2020
By Russell Higham (ONZ Events Liaison) - Thu 15 Jul 2021

A Paper on Paper (feedback appreciated) Michael Croxford A recent discussion between a group of mappers, event organisers and competitors in New Zealand regarding paper has produced some technical advice for clubs when considering which paper to use for events big and small. The main piece of advice is horses for courses. If you are […]

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 […]

NZ MTBO Champs
My view of the 2021 MTBO Champs: Still learning nav at bottom end of the results
By Joolz Moore (ONZ Editor) - Fri 30 Apr 2021

I was invited onto the NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) committee over a year ago now. It really was a surprise since I manage to consistently hover on the lower edge of the results table, but I am what you call a keen enthusiast. This year at the MTBO Champs there was a really good […]

Invitation to take part in the Australian Champs
By Christo Peters - Wed 28 Apr 2021

All orienteers are invited to come to Tasmania, to compete in the Australian Orienteering Championships 2021.   Entries are now open.  In Tasmania we have been working hard to ensure that we will offer the very best maps and courses in our delightful and safe environment.All the information you will need to make your arrangements to […]

Stuff Article – Faavae leads Nelson Orienteering Clubs winning run at nationals
Stuff Article – Faavae leads Nelson Orienteering Clubs winning run at nationals
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Fri 16 Apr 2021


Junior Camp
Wellington to host 2021 Junior Camp
By Christo Peters - Tue 30 Mar 2021

We are excited to announce that Wellington Orienteering Club will host this year’s Junior Camp. Wellington President Paul Teesdale-Spittle confirmed the news this week. ONZ will now work with Wellington’s Junior Camp Liaison Jane Harding to start to confirm the venue and other key details. Once the key details have been confirmed, ONZ will be […]

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.

Talk with Christo Peters | ONZ General Manager
By Christo Peters - Wed 23 Dec 2020

Talk with Christo Peters | ONZ General Manager Christo (on the right) is a good sport. Not only has he taken on the GM position with gusto for Orienteering NZ, but he answered some of our not so serious questions as well: When did you start working for ONZ? Sept 2019 What other sports have you worked in/with prior to […]

ONZ Under 23 High-Performance Camp | 6-11 December 2020
By Christo Peters - Tue 22 Dec 2020

This year the U23 camp, which was a day shorter than in previous years, started on the Sunday evening of 6 December with a brief introductory talk given by Malcolm Ingham. This gives the rationale for the camp and emphasised the big step required to go from successful junior orienteering in New Zealand/ Australia to […]

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 […]

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