Blog | Orienteering New Zealand
AIMS Games Entries close on Wed 5 June
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

There is only ONE WEEK left for you to register for the 2024 Zespri AIMS Games!  Registrations close 7:59pm on 5th June 2024.  Remember that School Sports Co-ordinators must enter on behalf of schools. Late entries can not be accepted, so don’t miss out!  Check out the Zespri AIMS Games website for more details

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orienteering NZ quiz – Dec 2023
By Christo Peters - Sat 09 Dec 2023

Final 50th Anniversary Quiz We’re still testing your knowledge about orienteering to celebrate our 50th year anniversary. The answers will be after the ‘Last points’ at the end of this news email. (You may need to click on the three dots at the base, to see the full newsletter).  Christmas and New Year is coming […]

Navigating the Te Araroa  |  Tim Wright’s epic FKT
By Christo Peters - Sat 09 Dec 2023

Not an orienteering event, but some summer running inspiration! We asked Tm Wright to summarise his long run leading up to Christmas last year: I don’t know where to start. I could write several books on this. ‘Epic’ is a much-used word and doesn’t seem to do justice to the multitude of facets, experiences and sheer length […]

50 years strong |  Big little stories for our 50th – Anne Audain
By Christo Peters - Sat 04 Nov 2023

Anne Audain shares her scrapbook photos   Anne Audain (nee Garrett) overcame adversity to become one of New Zealand’s well-renown runners. Coached by Gordon Pirie from 1970-1980 and later John Davies from 1980-1992. Anne was introduced to orienteering by Gordon Pirie, but went on to pioneer professional running for women. Anne set a world record in the 5000m and winning […]

The Winter Classic’s 37th Anniversary
By Christo Peters - Sat 28 Oct 2023

The Classic’s 37th Anniversary and Wayne Cretney Memorial event (The Classic Long Distance event plus a 3 hour rogaine) are coming soon on the 11th of November and this one will be a real treat! Red Medium, orange, yellow and white courses on-the-day courses also available. Hosted by the Wellington club this will be a […]

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.  […]

View from the Chair – July 2023
By Christo Peters - Wed 02 Aug 2023

July has been a month of mixed emotions and events. On the upside, it was so great to see our athletes performing at JWOC and WOC, with some really impressive performances across the teams in different disciplines. Whilst we were watching this from our desks on the other side of the world to Europe, we […]

Our WOC Athlete Profiles
By Christo Peters - Wed 02 Aug 2023

World Orienteering Championship NZ Athlete profile | Matt Ogden 1. Number of WOC’s previously attended:3 2014 Italy (52nd Long), 2015 Scotland (26th Middle), 2018 Latvia (39th Long) In 2014 my preparations were atrocious, 2018 the WOC Middle was my first race for 2 months. I was mostly satisfied in 2015 but still very inexperienced at […]

Filming the Sydney Sprint Weekend 2023
By Christo Peters - Sat 01 Jul 2023

The decisive moment of the men’s knockout final at the Sydney Sprint Weekend (SSW) 2023 was the exit from control 9. It was in the middle of the campus, hidden from spectators. I wasn’t there, and I haven’t spoken to the athletes. How can I be sure that was the decisive moment? Typically, the story […]

Amelia’s on a runners high
By Christo Peters - Sat 01 Jul 2023

Amelia Horne from Nelson Orienteering Club has been wearing the NZ Athletics shirt debuting at the 2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships recently. In the lead up to this race Amelia claimed the bronze at the 2022 New Zealand Short Course Trail Championships. On Friday Amelia ran the short trial race in Austria alongside […]

50 years - Orienteering NZ
NZ Orienteering Quiz – June 2023
By Christo Peters - Sat 01 Jul 2023

This year we’ll find ways to test your knowledge about orienteering in New Zealand to celebrate our 50th year anniversary. The answers will be after the ‘Last points’ at the end of this news email. (You may need to click on the three dots at the base to see the full newsletter).  The answers can be […]

In memorium | Robin Ambler
By Christo Peters - Wed 03 May 2023

We asked North west if we could reprint the tribute article on Robin Ambler from last year.  Robin Ambler, Long-time North west Orienteering Club member passed away in late September last year. Robin’s daughter Kirsten Blake and grandson Blake are NW club members and Robin’s wife Gay is also well known to the club. Dave Middleton encouraged […]

View from the Chair – February 2023
By Christo Peters - Wed 22 Feb 2023

A belated Happy New Year to you all, and hoping many of you have had a positive start to 2023. That said, I know a few of our community have been impacted by the recent flooding  – our thoughts are very much with those of you affected, and hope the clean-up and fixes get you […]

Southern O-weekend 2023
By Christo Peters - Thu 15 Dec 2022

The bulletin has been released and entries are open for the Southern O-weekend 2023 will be held on a variety of sprint and terrain maps around Christchurch. Includes individual sprint, knock-out sprint and sprint relay as well as forest races. The elite races at Waitangi Orienteering Weekend will have more than just NSL points on […]

Passing of Ann Scott
By Christo Peters - Thu 24 Nov 2022

We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Ann Scott, following a long illness. We know that Ann had a long history with orienteering and was a stalwart of the Southland orienteering scene who contributed a huge amount over many decades. By all accounts much of this contribution was done without fanfare, driven […]

Balance is better (Sport NZ) – review of ‘Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World’ by David Epstein
By Christo Peters - Wed 02 Nov 2022

Many of you will know about Sport New Zealand’s “Balance is Better” campaign that discourages early specialisation in sport, advocating for our tamariki and rangatahi to be exposed to a range of sporting opportunities early in their lives. In this article Hamish Rogers reviews David Epstein’s book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World“, […]

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 […]

Students running to control - Rotorua Daily Post
Taupō Orienteering 2022 season opens with Rogaine (Rotorua Daily Post)
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Fri 12 Aug 2022

The orienteering season starts this weekend. Taupo Orienteering Club chairman Lyndon Haugh says the lead-up to the beginning of the season has seen eight schools take part in orienteering training sessions during term two.

NZSS Orienteering Champs 2022 Video
NZ Secondary Schools 2022 Orienteering Champs Video (Māori Active)
By Counties Manukau Orienteering Club - Mon 08 Aug 2022
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 Barkley 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 Barkley 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 […]

ONZ Innovation Award winner Cameron de L’Isle’s project
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: […]

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 […]

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