ONZ Compass Point – November/December 2018
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Tue 4 Dec 2018 4:21pm
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With the end of the year approaching fast, its timely to have a look at what’s happened in 2018.

  • Tim Robertson won Silver at WOC.  Our first ever podium finish at WOC.
  • Tim also added a WUOC sprint gold to this years medal tally
  • In probably the most impressive series of results ever by a Kiwi, Marquita Gelderman won gold in every single MTBO Masters race in the W50 class – mass start, sprint, middle and long distance!
  • A gold medal for Gillian Ingham in the W60 sprint at WMOC in Copenhagen.
  • The Schools Team continued the tradition retaining the Southern Cross Trophy in October

At home, we had a number of notable news items

  • Jane Harding took over the position of ONZ Chair after David Turner retired.
  • 4 new Council members were elected to the Council in April – Jenni Adams, Magnus Bengtsson, Alison Comer and Lynn McBain.
  • ONZ was awarded legacy funding from the World Masters Games to provide support for some initiatives in Auckland which we plan to rollout across the country.
  • ONZ committed to bidding to host JWOC 2022.

View from the Chair

Firstly, thanks to OBOP for a most enjoyable weekend of events in early November, including the Long Distance on the stunning new Okaraka map with views over several of the Rotorua lakes.  A great combination of challenging and well organised events in wonderful locations that remind you why you keep orienteering.

And as with all our events, only possible because of the time and effort put in by volunteers, so my thanks to all our volunteers for enabling the club, regional and national events that have been held this year.

Speaking of volunteers, Catriona will shortly be sending out a nomination notice for 2 new Council members for election in 2019.  The ONZ council of 6 members is a body elected by the membership (via clubs), whose responsibility is to set the strategic direction and governance of orienteering in New Zealand.  Members are elected to the Council for a term of 3 years, with 2 councillors elected each year.   If you are interested in the long term direction of orienteering and being part of the council, look out for the nomination notice and let Catriona know.  Any club member can nominate themselves.

As this is the last ONZ newsletter for the year I wish you all safe and happy holidays and look forward to seeing some of you at the South Island Champs at the end of January, thank you Marlborough Orienteering Club.

Cheers, and good running
Jane Harding

2019 National Championships Embargo Notice

View the Embargo Notice

Risk Management Question

Who is responsible for managing risk/hazards at an Orienteering event?

Answer can be found below.

2019 Council Vacancies

Keep your eye out for the Compass Point Special Edition

High Performance Update


U23 camp will have 34 attendees – 14 female, 20 male. Gene Beveridge is coming to help and hopeful Lizzie Ingham will be there later in the week.

There will be a HP camp in association with the Wellington training camp on 19-21 January. The 16/17 March camp may be split between Rotorua and Taupo.
Pelorus Trust

JWOC 2019

Congratulations to Devon Beckman who has been appointed coach again.  Devon will be ably assisted by Karen Beckman as Manager.


Orienteering NZ is currently preparing our bid document to host JWOC in 2022.  The success of the World Masters Orienteering Champs in 2017 put NZ on the map for not only challenging maps and courses, but also as successful event managers.

Due to the timing of JWOC to align with Northern Hemisphere school holidays in July we have had to look at North Island locations as the competition venue.  We are proposing the Event Centre will be based in Palmerston North with competition areas within 70km radius of the city.

The bids close at the end of the year and we don’t expect to hear before April 2019 whether we are successful or not.

drugfree sport new zealandWorld Anti-doping Agency - Play True

Each year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) updates their List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. The 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods(List), which comes into force on 1 January 2019, was published by WADA in October.

IOF News Article: WADA publish 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Event Liaison Update

Junior Camp

80 young orienteers will be heading to the Hawkes Bay just before Christmas for the 2018 Junior Camp.

Rules Review

A full and thorough review of the Orienteering NZ rules will be undertaken in 2019. The rules are being reviewed not only to ensure NZ orienteers are competing under the appropriate IOF rules, but also to recognise changes in NZ legislation and event management best practice.

We are proposing to split the rules and event management guidelines into two documents to better manage changes and good practice. The rules document will be the rules around the actual competition from start to finish, how courses are set and map standards. The event guidelines will provide more information around running events and helping clubs and club members manage events. In this document topics will included planning, budgeting, promotion, registration etc.

We will be seeking members feedback on these in 2019 so please keep an eye out for this during the year if you want to be part of this.

Risk Management Answer

A club committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the club and is responsible for all operations performed by the club. The club committee is responsible for:

  1. Ensuring the ONZ Safety Management Plan (SMP) is implemented for all events run by the club and adhered to by all club members.
  2. Suitably skilled and qualified people are assigned to event official roles, and that appropriate training through ONZ is organized.
  3. Working in partnership with ONZ Event Liaison to implement any updates or changes within their areas.
  4. Ensure that all club coordinators and controllers are aware of the above procedures.
  5. Full implementation of a SMP within their areas.
  6. Performing tasks related to safety management such as field reviews and contributing to the achievement of the H&S objectives

A controller is responsible for all aspects of the course.

The controller holds the key safety management role and has the overall leadership responsibility ensuring a safe and high-quality experience for all participants. Due to the nature of the controller’s role they must understand all aspects of the SMP including;

  • Ensure any hazards (pre-existing and recent) are communicated to participants and event personnel
  • All specific SOPs are adhered to
  • Incidents or near misses are recorded and notified
  • The controller has the authority to stop or change aspects of an event if they believe the safety of any person is compromised

In other news…

Congratulations to Counties Manukau Orienteering Club

The 2018 Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence Awards Ceremony was held at Karaka Blood Stock and was attended by Val and John Robinson, Ruth Farmer, Georgia Skelton, herself a finalist in the Junior Sportswoman Award, Emma and Andrew Skelton, Esther Williams and Pukekohe Intermediate Team Captains, representing Pukekohe Intermediate School, who were finalists in the Junior Team Category and Ross Brighouse.

Ross was formally acknowledged for his Service to Sport having given over 40 years’ service to Orienteering as both a competitor and a club member; an amazing achievement and demonstration of individual dedication.

IOFThe IOF are inviting applications for the following IOF Commissions

FootO Commission – needs 1 new member. Experience as an organiser of high level orienteering events is required. More information can be given by FOC Chair  Aron Less aronless@gmail.com

SkiO Commission – needs at least 1 new member. Background and experience should be in according with the following requirements: Good knowledge of SkiO rules, Experience as SEA or EA or organiser at high level SkiO competitions, experience as an elite competitor is desired, must have good communication skills and network within the SkiO community. More information can be given by SOC Chair Tatiana Kalenderoglu tatiana@maceraakademisi.com

Regional and Youth Development Commission – needs 2-3 new members. Particular interest in: nominations from out-of-Europe federations (America, Asia, Oceania, Africa) to get a broader perspective on RYDC projects and activities and nominations of a (preferably) young person to take over responsibility for social media and promotion of RYDC activities and projects. More information can be given by RYDC Chair Lenka Klimplova lenka.klimplova@gmail.com

IT Commission – looking for 2-3 new members. Beyond basic skills in IT and orienteering related technology, special requests are for experience and interest working with GPS Tracking systems and experience and interest in live media solutions.  More information can be given by ITC Chair Håkan Blomgren Hakan.Blomgren@triona.se

In consideration of the IOFs ambitions to achieve an improved gender and age balance in the IOF structure, we would encourage you to consider this when identifying potential commission members. Female and younger candidates are welcomed.

If you are interested, please contact gm@orienteering.org.nz no later than Monday 10 December 2018 as they are due with the IOF on 15 December 2018, but nominations need to ratified by Orienteering NZ.

You will need to provide a detailed CV on the skills and experiences you would bring to the commission.

Sport New Zealand logoSport NZ Seeks Public Views on Sport Integrity

Sport NZ has launched nationwide public consultation on its review into sport integrity, calling on anyone involved in sport to share their thoughts on a range of integrity issues through an online survey.

There’s no question New Zealanders love sport, but we also know that the integrity of sport is increasingly threatened at grassroots and elite levels by issues such as sideline behaviour, failure to protect children, match-fixing, corruption and doping,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.

The online survey and a Sport NZ discussion document are available at sportnz.org.nz/integrity. The survey runs through to 11 December 2018.

Members of the public can complete any or all of six survey modules, each of which should take around 15 minutes to complete. Those modules are:

  • Organisational culture, whistleblowing, and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand
  • Member protection
  • Integrity issues in children’s sport, including at secondary school
  • Anti-Doping
  • Protecting against corruption
  • Protecting against match-fixing.

Sport NZ will analyse survey responses and written submissions before making recommendations on priority areas for further work to its Board in early 2019.

Also forming part of the Sport Integrity Review is a stocktake of elite athlete rights and welfare, which commenced in June. The findings of this are expected to be released next month.

Ph.D. Research on the use of Performance Enhancing Substances in Sport.   Focus Group members needed in Auckland and Christchurch

Participant recruitment has begun for the second study within this research. This study will collect qualitative data through numerous focus group discussions with a range of participants. These discussions will be held in Auckland and Christchurch and will focus on me learning from participants about the factors which influence the use of substances in sport to enhance performance and how the likelihood of these behaviours can be reduced.

Information for parents, teacher-coaches, physios of adolescent athletes and 19-20-year-old athletes:

  • Are you a parent, teacher-coach or physiotherapist of adolescent athletes in NZ?
  • Are you a 19-20-year-old athlete with recent experience in adolescent sporting environments in NZ?
  •  Would you like to increase our understanding of how we can create clean sport environments for young athletes in NZ?

Information for adolescent athletes aged 13-18 years:

  • Are you 13-18 years old and competing in a sport in NZ?
  • Would you like to help us understand the things that influence an athlete’s use of banned drugs to improve their sporting performance?
  • Would you like to contribute to the development of educational content that reduces the likelihood of doping in the next generation of NZ athletes?

We are currently looking for people who would like to participate in a group discussion so we can learn from them about the things that influence the use of banned drugs to improve sporting performance.

In these discussions, we also want to learn about athlete’s thoughts on the ways that these behaviours can be reduced.

These confidential discussions will be held in Auckland and Christchurch in late 2018/early 2019. These discussions will take up to 1 hour and, to acknowledge their time, each participant will receive a $20 Prezi card.

If you are interested in participating in this study and would like more information (including the necessary consent forms), please email me (the Primary Researcher) at sian.clancy@aut.ac.nz

Keep Kauri Standing

MPI is currently working on the final Kauri Protection Strategy.  Their goal is to sustain the mauri and health of New Zealand kauri forests in the presence of kauri dieback beyond the next 1000 years.

MPI want to ensure input from user groups so Orienteering NZ attended a meeting recently with other recreational groups.   Our feedback was taken onboard by MPI who are also working alongside DoC and local authorities to ensure access to forested recreational areas remains as open as possible.  However, in some instances this will not be possible in the short term.   In the longer term we were encouraged to hear MPI have identified options such as track realignments aware from affected areas is a workable solution.

People, however, play the key role in not only protecting the Kauri but also spreading the disease.

ONZ members can help stop this disease by avidly following the guidelines around cleaning shoes and gear which comes into contact with soil in affected areas (the disease is spread through the relocation of infected soil) and adhering to track and forest closures.

We welcome your feedback at any time.

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