News | Orienteering New Zealand
NZSSOC map change – Long distance event
By Joolz - Mon 10 Jun 2024

Change in venue for NZ Secondary School Orienteering Championships – Long distance event. Orienteering Wellington has made the decision to relocate the Long Distance event for the NZ Secondary School Orienteering Championships. Originally planned to take place near Porirua, the event will now be held at the Hydrabad map in Waitarere Beach. Waitarere Beach is […]

Orienteering World Cup |Round 1 Olten, Switzerland
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

Laura’s pre-competition training has been remarkably successful, resulting in a strong performance representing New Zealand. Reflecting on her progress, Laura noted, “This is the first year since my move to the UK in 2015 that I’ve managed to navigate through winter without injury. Usually, I’m scrambling to build speed before major competitions, but this year, […]

Whangarei Orienteering Club | History & welcome to ONZ 
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

Exciting news! Whangarei Orienteering club have officially joined Orienteering New Zealand as a stand alone club. Up until now they have been a subsidiary club with North West Orienteering Club. The process of becoming a stand alone club has taken some time and effort, and so has compiling of the club history up until now.  […]

NZ Secondary Schools | 19 -21 July
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

Orienteering Wellington is looking forward to welcoming all year 7-13 orienteers from across New Zealand to the Wellington region for three days of high-quality orienteering from the 19th-21st July 2024. Join us and showcase your navigational skills, support your friends and create lasting memories in unique terrain. The events are located north of Wellington, towards the Kapiti Coast. […]

Get to know our new events liaison |  Lachlan McKenzie
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

Please let’s welcome the new events liaison to Orienteering New Zealand. Lachlan will be a great addition to the orienteering NZ team.   1. How did you find out about orienteering as a sport? As a child I hated sport but loved maps, so Mum took me to some Red Kiwi events when I was a schoolboy in […]

Oceania 2025 Update | dates and venues announced
By Christo Peters - Fri 31 May 2024

We are extremely pleased to announce that the final dates for Oceania 2025 have now been agreed on between ONZ and Orienteering Australia.  A huge thanks to Wellington and Red Kiwis members who have been working with land owners behind the scenes to find a way to gain access to the forests at a time […]

Selection Notice for ORIENTEERING WORLD CUP ROUNDS 3 & 4 | due 9th June
By Christo Peters - Thu 30 May 2024

Those wishing to be considered for Orienteering World Cup Rounds 3 (Hungary) and 4 (Finland) must have their expressions of interest to the Convenor of Selectors Al Cory-Wright ( by Sunday 9th June 2024. World Cup No.3 The third round of the 2024 World Cup will be held in Mor Hungary 17th-20th August 2024, and will consist […]

2017 NZ MTBO Team in Australia
Selection Notice | 2024 ANZ MTBO Challenge
By Christo Peters - Wed 08 May 2024

ANZ Challenge, Australian MTBO Champs ACT, 17-20 October 2024 Selection Criteria Applications must be in by COB Friday 31 May 2024. Note – this year we expect a large contingent of NZ riders to attend these champs, with many also attending the NSW MTBO champs the weekend before – 12-14 October, note information here: […]

Full WOC Team Named
By Christo Peters - Sat 04 May 2024

The following athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Orienteering Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland 12th – 16th July: Men Nathan Borton – Auckland Ronan Lee – Hawkes Bay Joseph Lynch – Canterbury Tim Robertson – Wellington Women Lizzie Ingham – Wellington Laura Robertson – Wellington Briana Steven – Canterbury Zara Stewart […]

King’s Birthday Weekend | Entries closing soon
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Entries for King’s Birthday Orienteering Champs closing soon!What do you need to know about Nelson Orienteering Club’s (NOC) King’s Birthday this year?•  All taking place on the way to and in stunning Golden Bay, one bay ‘over’ from Nelson;•  A compact, high quality orienteering weekend, with the first start on Saturday at 1PM, and course […]

North Island Secondary School Champs
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Over Anzac weekend, North West Club hosted the North Island Secondary Schools Champs for 2024. 400 students from year 7 to year 13 lined up for the Sprint on Thursday afternoon at AUT Akoranga. Course Setter, Renee Beveridge, known for setting tricky, technical courses, made great use of the complex labyrinth of small classrooms that are […]

Taitonga South Island Champs  | Ōtepoti Dunedin
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Feedback from the event: “The weekend was like a three-course banquet -– three very different terrains, great courses wonderfully cooked up and served, and even a thoughtfully placed piece of warning tape marking some ongaonga in the middle of a kānuka stand!“ The long weekend started with the sprint on Anzac Day afternoon on a […]

Summer coach in residence | Applications open 
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Do you know of a coach who would enjoy coming to spend the Summer in South Island? This coming NZ Summer PAPO is offering a scholarship for a Coach in Residence. The scholarship is aimed at University aged orienteers from outside of New Zealand who are looking to improve their Orienteering and Coaching skills. (p.s. […]

Controller’s Clinic |  Taranaki 
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

FREE! Join us for a two-day controllers clinic with practical field exercises on local maps for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 18-19 May (9:00am to approx 3:30pm each day) at New Plymouth Girls High School. Open to all club members involved in event organisation – the aim to certify qualified controllers. Alister Metherell, from […]

ONZ Annual Awards | Presented at the NZ Orienteering Champs
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

Congratulations to our award winners this year. Here is the list of those announced at the prizegiving evening during the 2024 New Zealand Orienteering championships in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty this year.  Life Membership  |   Malcolm Ingham (RK)  Services to ONZ Award   |  Peter Swanson (OBOP)  Administrator of the Year Award  | Lisa Mead (NW) For her tireless work […]

Orienteering NZ annual report | 2023
By Christo Peters - Thu 02 May 2024

The 2023 ONZ annual report is on the website providing an overview of our performance, o and activities during the past year. It is our own record of results and provides transparency and accountability regarding  our financial performance, governance practices, and strategic direction.  View it here

Junior Camp 2024 | Looking for a Lead Coach
By Christo Peters - Wed 01 May 2024

The 2024 Junior Camp (Year 9-13) is being hosted by Orienteering Taranaki and is taking place in New Plymouth between Fri 13th and Wed 18th December 2024. Orienteering New Zealand would like to invite applications for the Junior Camp Manager position. This position is are voluntary in nature, although position holders will be reimbursed for their airfares (if outside New Plymouth), […]

Southern Cross Coach and Manager applications
By Christo Peters - Wed 01 May 2024

Coach and Manager Roles ONZ intends to send two national secondary school teams to compete for the Southern Cross Trophy held as part of the Australian Orienteering Festival. We are seeking expressions of interest for the coach and manager roles. With forty athletes taking part in two teams, we are looking for two to three coaches and two […]

Selection Notice – 2024 NZSS Teams for Southern Cross Challenge
By Christo Peters - Fri 26 Apr 2024

Where/When Armidale, New South Wales, Australia 28 September to 6 October 2024. This is part of the Australian Schools Championships held during the Australian Championships Carnival. Teams being selected & purpose Two teams of equal ability will be selected to compete for the Southern Cross Trophy against the six Australian states and the Australian Capital […]

Updated JWOC Team selection
By Christo Peters - Thu 25 Apr 2024

Following the initial JWOC Team selection, an appeal was lodged. The ONZ Board Appeal Panel considered the appeal and asked for the Men’s JWOC team to be re-selected which has now been done. This appeal has highlighted the need for all those selected in ONZ teams to be aware of that their selection is subject […]

Orienteering League & Nationals wrap-up
By Joolz - Wed 24 Apr 2024

The second round of the National Orienteering League was held at the NZ Orienteering Championships, including both the Middle and Long distances. With this being the highest attendance of all events this year competition was fierce at the top of the table. Both days featured extremely challenging courses that caused many mistakes and misspunches among […]

World Universities Team Named
By Christo Peters - Mon 22 Apr 2024

The following athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand at the World University Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria. 1st-5th August 2024 Katie Cory-Wright – Victoria University Wellington  Kaia Jorgensen – University of Canterbury Briana Steven – University of Canterbury Zara Stewart- University of Canterbury Cameron Bonar – University of Canterbury Nicholas Green –  University of Auckland Felix Hunt- University […]

Muddy good kiwi placings at the JK2024
By Joolz - Thu 04 Apr 2024

Easter weekend in Britain was a bit wetter, but with solid results from NZ athletes competing in the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering 2024 (JK2024). It was based in the Midlands with the Sprint – described as a technically challenging with fast & furious racing- launching the competition at Loughborough University. The Middle and […]

JWOC Team Announcement
By Christo Peters - Tue 02 Apr 2024

Please note that attendance is conditional on team members being financial members of a club affiliated to Orienteering New Zealand and having no outstanding debts to Orienteering New Zealand. The Orienteering New Zealand Senior Selection Panel has named the following team to attend the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Pilzen, Czechia in June & […]

EYOC Team Announcement
By Christo Peters - Tue 02 Apr 2024

Please note that attendance is conditional on team members being financial members of a club affiliated to Orienteering New Zealand and having no outstanding debts to Orienteering New Zealand. Team management will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by ONZ’s Board. The Orienteering New Zealand Senior Selection Panel has named the following team […]

JWOC contenders  | Junior athletes to watch at Nationals
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

We’ll see you out there at Nationals very soon. It will be a big competition with high hopes for the next team heading to the Junior World Orienteering Champs (JWOC) in the Czech Republic at the end of June. The excitement is brewing as young orienteers are up jostling for top JWOC positions. Talented orienteers like Zefa Fa’avae, Kaia […]

ANZAC weekend Taitonga (South Island) Champs
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

Start planning your Anzac weekend in the April school holidays. The next multiday orienteering is the South Island Championships in the Otago Peninsula hosted by the Dunedin club . The lineup is:Thursday is Anzac Day, so our first event will be in the  afternoon. The Sprint is from 4pm located at Green Island from 4pm onwards, after commemoration services […]

North Island Secondary Schools Champs
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

North Island Secondary School Orienteering Champs  – 25 – 27 April. This annual competition (which includes Year 7 and 8 students) is being held in the Auckland area this year, hosted by North West Orienteering Club. You can find out all the information about courses, locations and costs on the event website. Please also see the […]

World Cup 2024 | Round 1 & 2 Selection Announcement
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

World Cup No. 1 – Olten Switzerland,  24th-26th May, Knockout Sprint, Individual Sprint World Cup No. 2 – Verona, Italy, 1st-2nd June, Individual Sprint, Sprint Relay The following athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand conditional to these athletes having no unpaid fees owing to Orienteering NZ. Men Nathan Borton (travel to Europe to be confirmed – […]

Renumeration |  Recruiting Event Liaison Officer
By Christo Peters - Mon 25 Mar 2024

Renumeration |  Recruiting Event Liaison Officer In this year’s last Compass Point issues we noted that our current Event Liaison Officer was departing ONZ and that we were looking for someone to fill his shoes.  The role requires a technical knowledge of orienteering events as well as the ability to oversee and problem-solve database challenges. The role averages […]

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