Blog | Orienteering New Zealand
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 […]

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 […]

ONZ Mapping Bulletin – Oct 2020 – Impressive Use of Lidar, Change to Sprint Specification
By ONZ Mapping Committee - Wed 21 Oct 2020

Summary: We present a “lockdown project” – Cam de L’Isle’s “O-Map of New Zealand”. We discuss the powers and the limitations of Lidar data. We advise ongoing change to the sprint specification. And a Facebook group for NZ mappers. The first section is non-technical. If you’re not a mapper just read as far as you […]

Gene Beveridge Perfect Flow with Jean Cory-Wright
Podcast with Jean Cory-Wright
By Gene Beveridge - Thu 08 Oct 2020

In this episode of the Perfect Flow podcast Gene Beveridge talks with Orienteer Jean Cory-Wright. Jean grew up and competed at the elite level in the UK before moving to New Zealand where she has been

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 – […]

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