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Orienteering NZ Compass Point e-Newsletter – April 2018
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Wed 18 Apr 2018 2:49pm
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Orienteering NZ - Find your adventure.What’s in this Issue:

  • View from the Chair
  • Team Staff Vacancies
  • Senior Selector and Technical Convenor Appointed
  • HP Update
  • Event Liaison Update
  • ONZ Annual Awards
  • World Orienteering Day
  • Sport and Recreation Awards
  • ONZ Policy Updates
  • IOF Council Nominations

View from the Chair

An early Easter saw throngs of orienteers head to Auckland for 2018 Nationals. This was an opportunity to use the legacy maps from World Masters Games (WMG) and allow members to experience the very best of what Woodhill has to offer. Nobody was disappointed and congratulations are due to Auckland OC for putting on an exceptional series of events. It’s been quite a year for them and the other Auckland Regional Clubs (North West and Counties Manukau) who have effectively managed and delivered three major events within the last year – Oceania, WMG and Nationals. I’m sure that their leadership groups and volunteers will be looking forward to a well earned rest and perhaps dealing with simple club events.

Not unsurprisingly, many of the key people involved in the planning and delivery of these quality events were acknowledged in the ONZ Awards for 2017. Stephen Reynolds received the President’s Award, whilst the Oversight Orienteering Committee and volunteers with key duties during Oceania and WMG were also worthy recipients of awards. Alister Metherell was recognised for his outstanding service to orienteering reflecting periods leading PAPO,  time serving Council and his contribution to MTBO. On the performance front, Tommy Hayes was recognised for the silver medal at JWOC; Carey Nazzer for her gold medal at WMOC and John Robinson was awarded the Brighouse Trophy for his consistent age group performances at major regional events.

On a personal note, I entered the era of a new age group but found the physical and technical elements of the long and middle just as hard as before!!. The only major improvement I can report was managing to complete the AGM in under 30 minutes.

Later this month we’ll have our first Council Meeting post Nationals and a chance to welcome new members to our Board – Lynn McBain and Magnus Bengtsson (Wellington) and Jenni Adams from PAPO – who I’m sure will bring with them new energy and ideas which will be warmly encouraged.

There’s a few major events on the horizon and a chance to plug the South Island Champs organised by Dunedin OC from 21-24 April followed by the National MTBO Champs in Central Otago. Of course, early June heralds Queens Birthday and the presence of our friends from Australia with the associated rivalry involved in the Pinestars v Bushrangers challenges.

David Turner
Chair ONZ Council


Team Manager – NZ Southern Cross Team
Team Coach – NZ Southern Cross Team

The competitions will be in and around Riverland and the Adelaide Hills as part of the Australian Championships carnival which runs from 29 September to 7 October 2018.

Deadline for applications 31 May 2018
Position description available on the ONZ website.

Senior Selector and Technical Convenor Appointed

ONZ is pleased to announce Lyn Stanton from Auckland has been appointed as a selector for the senior panel.

Gillian Ingham from Wellington has also been appointed as Convenor of the Technical Committee.

Upcoming Events

For upcoming events check out the Orienteering NZ website events listings

HP Update

The ONZ Champs 2018 finally gave all those who did not (or were too young) to compete the chance to experience the maps prepared for and used at WMOC2017. The champs were also, of course, trails for New Zealand teams for the three major international championships – JWOC, WOC and WUOC (World University Championships), as well as featuring the only two world ranking events scheduled to be held in New Zealand in 2018.

Of course, early in March attention was centred on the riveting Godzone battle between two teams replete with orienteers (something that rarely gets mentioned in the media coverage). Congratulations to Chris and Emily Forne and Aaron Prince if Yealands Family Wines on the victory, but also to Swordfox team members Brent Edwards and Georgia Whitla for helping to make it such an exciting and epic race.

To read Malcolm’s full HP March Update Click here

Event Liaison Update

Over the last few weeks the final amendments have been made to the Orienteering NZ Safety Management System.  This is now being audited so we will be in a position to roll it out to clubs shortly as a living document.

Work has also started on the development of the ONZ Event Manual which will include the Safety Management System, and so too has the review of the ONZ Rules begun.

More information? Contact Russell Higham events@orienteering.org.nz

Congratulations to the 2017 ONZ Award Recipients

Services to NZ Orienteering
Alister Metherell

International Performance 
Carey Nazaar

Kapiti HAVOC Trophy
Tommy Hayes

Coach of the Year
Renee Beveridge

Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year
Brent Simpson

Rogainer of the Year
Greig Hamilton and Georgia Whitla

Administrator of the Year
The World Masters Games Orienteering Organising Committee
Stephen Reynolds, Pip Poole, Nick Harris, Selwyn Palmer, Guy Cory-Wright, Bruce Peat and Catriona McBean

Presidents Award
Stephen Reynolds

Brighouse Trophy
John Robinson

Volunteer Awards
Gillian Ingham
Trevor Carswell
Maggie Salmon
Andrew de L’Isle
Mark Lawson
Alison Comer
Val Robinson
Martin Peat

Have you registered your World Orienteering Day event yet?

As at 18 April, 537 WOD Events preregistered.

Do not forget to preregister your event!


Finalists announced for New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards

The New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, in their 11th year, capture and acknowledge the exemplary work taking place across Aotearoa New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector.

Chair of the judging panel, Peter Dale, said the number of outstanding nominations in each of the six award categories, and from such a varied pool of activities, confirmed the high standards of work taking place across the sector.

“The campaigns we’ve seen this year have been outstanding, showcasing inclusive community programmes and inspirational high-performance achievements. The ways people can connect with physical activity, through sport and recreation, are increasingly diverse and this can only be encouraging more New Zealanders to get active”, he says.

While Orienteering NZ submitted a nomination for the Orienteering Carnival including Oceania, World Masters Games and Middle Earth, we were not successful in being named a finalist.  However, the World Masters Games were named a finalist, and we know we were part of its success.

ONZ Policy Updates

In 2014 ONZ introduced a new policy manual covering all aspects of orienteering business.  These policies were developed in consultation with members.  Each policy has a review date.  While some of these dates have passed, ONZ is now commencing an ongoing rolling review process of policies to ensure they are accurate, current and represent best practice while achieving the outcomes originally intended.

Because this process is going to be ongoing, ONZ is now providing notice to all clubs if they have any feedback, suggestions or comments on policies being reviewed, to please forward them to the General Manager in a timely manner.

A list of the policies to be reviewed first can be found on the ONZ website.

This list will be regularly updated so please ensure you continue to check out what is being reviewed.

IOFCouncil nominations to the 2018 IOF General Assembly

The 2018 General Assembly will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on 6 October 2018.

At the General Assembly in Italy in 2014, the IOF Statutes were changed and the term length for Council members was increased from 2 to 4 years. A rotation system was introduced at the same time which means that 5 Council members terms are ending in connection with the 2018 General Assembly, and elections will be held for these Council positions.

The following Council members terms are ending as of the General Assembly 2018:

  • Vice President Mike Dowling (AUS)
  • Vice President Mikko Salonen (FIN)
  • Member Dominic Yue (HKG)
  • Member Maria Silvia Viti (ITA)
  • Member Tatiana Kalenderoglu (TUR)

Orienteering NZ will have a chance to nominate candidate for positions no later than 5 June 2018.

If you are interested in being nominated by Orienteering NZ for an IOF Council position, please contact Catriona to discuss your interest.  Email gm@orienteering.org.nz as soon as possible.

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