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NZ MTBO Champs
My view of the 2021 MTBO Champs: Still learning nav at bottom end of the results - 30/04/2021 12:04
By Joolz Moore (ONZ Editor)

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 - 28/04/2021 08:45
By Christo Peters

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 - 16/04/2021 10:54
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe


Junior Camp
Wellington to host 2021 Junior Camp - 30/03/2021 01:04
By Christo Peters

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 - 27/02/2021 11:52
By Joolz

ThMTB orienteering champs are for all bikers who like to make adventure trips interesting

Good sport, and medical practise, with Doctor Tom - 26/02/2021 12:05
By Joolz

Tom Reynolds talks about his own orienteering experiences, and medical orienteering practises, as well as sports governance.

Talk with Christo Peters | ONZ General Manager - 23/12/2020 11:54
By Christo Peters

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 - 22/12/2020 08:03
By Christo Peters

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 - 21/12/2020 09:13
By Joolz

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  - 20/12/2020 09:30
By Joolz

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 - 30/11/2020 04:41
By Joolz

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? - 30/11/2020 03:58
By Joolz

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 - 30/11/2020 02:22
By Joolz

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 - 30/11/2020 01:21
By Joolz

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 - 26/11/2020 11:20
By Joolz

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 - 18/11/2020 09:14
By Joolz

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 - 12/11/2020 10:09
By Joolz

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

Al Cory-Wright competing in the orienteering Sprint champs at the MastersGames in Auckland 2017
What does a convenor of selectors do? - 30/10/2020 11:31
By Joolz

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 - 30/10/2020 07:52
By Joolz

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 - 21/10/2020 07:30
By ONZ Mapping Committee

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 - 08/10/2020 10:26
By Gene Beveridge

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 - 02/10/2020 03:50
By Joolz

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 – […]

School orienteering training in Hawkes Bay - 30/09/2020 03:04
By Joolz

Update from Hawkes Bay Orienteering on their challenges for young orienteers. Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club (HBOC) start their school training in January with a Junior Orienteering Camp which leads into the Summer weekly Sprint Series. The Sprint series are held in conjunction with an O for Kids Summer Series Competition for Primary and Year 7/8s […]

Leg by Leg #4: Night Nav Halswell Quary - 17/09/2020 09:50
By Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

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. Night Nav Halswell Quary was on 16/09/2020. The guest is Alan Moore […]

Leg by Leg #1
Leg By Leg #1 – Hogs Back Ultralong - 11/09/2020 04:29
By Gene Beveridge (ONZ Training Coordinator)

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. Hogs Back Ultralong was on 05/09/2020. The episode is most suitable for […]