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Dec
25
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #16: Brook Heights Urban O and BBQ

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Brook Heights Urban O and BBQ was on 19/12/2020. The guest […]

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Dec
23
Christo Peters

Talk with Christo Peters | ONZ General Manager

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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 […]

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Dec
22
Christo Peters

ONZ Under 23 High-Performance Camp | 6-11 December 2020

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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 […]

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Dec
21
Joolz

Junior O Camp – Participant feedback

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Not many countries around the world could have a gathering this big and also safely accommodate them to participate in intensive sport coaching. In NZ, we are lucky enough for 2020 to have ended well with 80 orienteering juniors testing their running and map skills in hot weather on a variety of terrain in the […]

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Dec
21
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Crocodile XC park MTBO

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Man and son with bikes looking at map

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 […]

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Dec
20
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Talk with Mondo Kopua | Marlborough Orienteering Club President 

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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. […]

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Dec
2
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #15: Canaan Downs Club Event

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Canaan Downs club event was on 29/11/2020. The guest is Zefa […]

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Nov
30
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #14: Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs Long

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs long distance was on 29/11/2020. The guest […]

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Nov
30
Joolz

South Taitonga Regional & Canterbury Champs Middle Distance: Kairaki

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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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Nov
30
Joolz

Is COVID-19 disrupting NZ’s chance to compete at events?

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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 […]

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Nov
30
Joolz

Orienteering at a later age

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Carmen Fookes in Switzerland med size

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 […]

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Nov
30
Joolz

Be comfortable with being uncomfortable

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Combines HANMER Rogaine Champs image

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 […]

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Nov
29
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #13: Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs Middle

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs middle distance was on 28/11/2020. The guest […]

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Nov
29
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #12: Te Rau Puriri Rogaine

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Te Rau Puriri Rogaine was on 29/11/2020. The guest is Cam […]

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Nov
26
Joolz

Southern O entries open

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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

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Nov
18
Joolz

Entries closing for Central Pokapū regionals

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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 […]

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Nov
15
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #11: Slater Road AOS

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. AOS 5 (delayed) was on 15/11/2020. The guest is Alice Tilley of […]

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Nov
12
Joolz

MTBO Champs 2021

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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 mtbochamps.nz website for more details coming soon:https://www.mtbochamps.nz/2021-nz-mtbo-champs.html #MTBO #MTBorienteering #MTBorienteeringNZ #MTBOchamps

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Nov
1
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #10: Riverhead Rogaine

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Race 1 of the Rogaine Series was on 01/11/2020. The guest is […]

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Oct
30
Joolz

What does a convenor of selectors do?

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Al Cory-Wright competing in the orienteering Sprint champs at the MastersGames in Auckland 2017

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 […]

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Oct
30
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Successful 2020 National Orienteering Champs

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Happy Orienteering Wellington organisers

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 […]

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Oct
25
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #9: NZ Champs Middle

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This race on the Osgiliath map was on 25/10/2020. The guest is […]

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Oct
21
ONZ Mapping Committee

ONZ Mapping Bulletin – Oct 2020 – Impressive Use of Lidar, Change to Sprint Specification

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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 […]

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Oct
19
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #8: NISS Long

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This schools race on the Waiuku South / Port View map was […]

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Oct
17
Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

Leg by Leg #7: NISS Sprint

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Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This schools race on the Tuakau College map was on 17/10/2020. The […]

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