Major Events

Major Event Allocation Chart

 Updated November 202320242025202620272028
NZOCNational Foot ChampionshipsBP/TPPPWN/HV
RK/TA
CM
National
Secondary Schools Championships
WNAK PPHB
King’s Birthday
(Trials & ANZ test match)
NLHBAK/NWDN
Tūāraki-Northern Regional ChampionshipsCMTP/BPAK/NW
Pokapū-Central Regional ChampionshipsHBRKTA
Taitonga-Southern
Regional Championships
DNSDMB/NLPP
NISSCNorth Island
Secondary Schools Championships
NWCMWN
SISSCSouth Island
Secondary Schools Championships
PPDNPP
Junior CampTAAKNLRK
Labour Weekend
(can be used for regional champs)
CMRKMB/NL
OceaniaAKSWNNL/PPS
Tūāraki-Northern Region
NW, AK, CM, WK, TP, BP
Pokapū-Central Region
WN, HV, RK, TA, HB, WA
Taitonga-Southern Region
MB, NL, PP, DN, SD
Major Events Allocation System Outline

Planning will be based on 3 regions:
– Tūāraki-Northern – AK, NW, CM, TP, WK, BP
– Pokapū-Central – WN, HV, HB, RK, TA, WA
– Taitonga-Southern – NL, MB, PP, DN, SD

Every year in October, clubs will, via a representative/s, attend a regional planning meeting to set the calendar of events. ONZ will set up the invite and work with clubs on agreeing to a suitable date. This would be a 2hr (approx.) meeting that could be run virtually (via video) or face to face where that is possible.

Major events; the Foot Nationals, NZSS Champs, and KB are divided across each of the three regions each year and rotated based on that (see calendar above). From 2026, the three significant Statutory Holiday Weekends of Easter, King’s Birthday and Labour Weekend will also be divided across the three regions each year and rotated accordingly. The rotation of the next tier of Statutory Holiday Weekends, being Waitangi, ANZAC and Matariki is still to be resolved due to clashes with other events and unfavourable weather conditions.

The meeting will use the calendar above, and clubs will discuss and debate which clubs are best equipped to host the relevant event which is tagged for that region. Allocations will be decided at a minimum of 4 years in advance for Oceania, 3 years in advance for Nationals, NZSS & KB, and 2 years in advance for all other events. Longer duration planning can happen, and these are minimum expectations. Please note that events listed in years 3 and 4 of the above calendar are nominally placeholders and will require clubs to recommit to hosting closer to the event.

The allocation of national’s sites/maps will balance finding the best possible quality locations, with practical requirements for clubs running the event. This will be done in accordance with the process set out in the ONZ Rules for A-level events.

In each meeting, the Event Liaison Officer and/or GM will attend and help facilitate the discussion. The discussion will allow clubs to discuss their current ability and willingness to hold specific events, so the complexities of who can handle what event can be dealt with at that regional level. It is also a chance in that meeting to discuss ways clubs could work together – co-hosting or sharing certain events. Again, the complexity of that can be dealt with in the regional meeting.


ONZ Events Listing


International Orienteering – Major and World Ranking Events

A full list of major international orienteering events and world ranking events (WRE) for each of the orienteering disciplines is maintained on the International Orienteering Federation website.