What’s in this Issue:
- View from the Chair
- New Health & Safety Policy
- Team Staff Vacancy
- HP Update
- Event Liaison Update
- WANTED: Quality areas for NZ Champs
- Svend Pedersen recognised
- Kauri Dieback Programme
- LOST: National Championship Trophies
- World Orienteering Day
View from the Chair
Hi all, firstly congratulations to the Pinestars for winning the test match against the Bushrangers at the weekend, in what I gather were rather challenging conditions.
Secondly congratulations to those selected for the JWOC, WOC, WUOC and WMTBO teams to compete in Europe. Best wishes to you all, and especially to those competing for the first time at these top competitions. We know you will all put your hearts and souls into the events and wish you all success.
The new Council has met for the first time, the last meeting and the next are being spent looking at the ONZ structure and how ONZ runs with committees and panels, where the money comes from and where it goes, and setting out our plans for the year ahead. Its exciting to have new faces around the table and I’m looking forward to working with the new team.
David Turner resigned from the council so we had a vacancy to fill for the remainder of this term (until the AGM in 2019). We now welcome Alison Comer (AK) to the Council.
Thirdly, congratulations to the students selected for the Schools team to tour Australia in September. Run well and bring home that Southern Cross trophy again!
New Health & Safety Policy
ONZ Council approved a new Health & Safety Policy in May.
This policy is part of the overarching Safety Management System which Russell Higham has been working on for sometime.
Orienteering NZ is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its workers and others affected by its activities. This includes employees/contractors, athletes, volunteers and spectators.
The overall aim of our health and safety programme is:
- Protecting the health and safety of workers is forefront in our day to day work
- Others are not put at risk by Orienteering NZ’s programme and activities
For upcoming events check out the Orienteering NZ website.
Team Staff Vacancy
May has seen an upsurge in events both domestically and overseas. At international level we have seen the first round of the 2018 World Cup, in association with the European Championships, with mixed results for the small New Zealand contingent. At home the second round of JWOC trials, early in the month, including the Ultralong on Hogsback in Canterbury, saw some really interesting results which culminated in the final selection for Hungary. Not to be forgotten, however, was also the announcement of the team for WOC in Latvia, which rapidly approaches, and of the Pinestars to run against the Australian Bushrangers over Queen’s Birthday weekend in Auckland.
April/May have also been busy months for team selections with not only the team for JWOC being finalised, but those for WOC and the ANZ Test Match announced. These of course being in addition to the team for the World University Champs announced in April.
Event Liaison Update
Health and Safety – The ONZ Safety Management Plan (SMP) is now available online.
STOP PRESS: The ONZ Safety Management System has been independently audited and has received the Ourdoors Mark certification.
More information? Contact Russell Higham firstname.lastname@example.org
WANTED: Quality areas for the ONZ National Championships 2020 and beyond
ONZ is changing the way we select areas for our premier National Champs. The rotation system we have used in the past has had its day, and we are looking for areas that are fit for purpose, not just a nearby club’s capability or capacity to map and organise it.
ONZ will event manage the process, drawing from the best people available from around the country.
Criteria: The areas offered need to fall in line with the object of the different formats on offer.
Middle distance: Technically complex terrain
Long distance: Physically tough terrain allowing for good route choice possibilities.
These areas also need to be able to cater for recreational orienteers, beginners and children and be reasonably accessible.
At this time we are looking for Long and middle distance areas. A sprint area within reasonable driving distance will be a bonus.
Who can suggest an area? Anyone.
Who will judge areas suitability: ONZ General Manager, ONZ Event Liaison, ONZ Performance Leader and invited experts (eg prospective controller).
Volunteer Svend Pedersen recognised
Congratulations to Svend Pedersen who was recently presented the Sport Southland Award for ‘Service to Sport’, being part of the ILT Southland Sports Awards, 2018.
Svend’s award was to acknowledge 65 years of contributing to orienteering, in many different ways, much of this being for the Southland Club.
New Zealand’s iconic kauri trees remain at risk from the spread of kauri dieback disease.
At the end of last year, the Government clearly signalled the need to deliver stronger protection for kauri, including the development of a National Pest Management Plan. The Kauri Dieback Programme Governance Group is progressing this work and has set up the Accelerating Protection for Kauri project to do this. Now there’s an opportunity for everyone with an interest in kauri to contribute.
To gather ideas and get your thoughts on ways to protect kauri there’ll be three rounds of consultation. Right now the details are still being worked on. But we can tell you the first round will be about refreshing the direction for managing kauri dieback disease. In later rounds we’ll ask you what the National Pest Management Plan could look like and ways to action it. We’re doing this over time so everyone who wants to has a chance to have their say.
We’ll visit the following areas for hui on the first round of consultation. There’ll be a mix of marae and community venues during the day and in the evening, open to everyone:
- Northland – Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July 2018
- Waitakere – Wednesday 4 July 2018
- Thames – Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July 2018
We’ll be back in touch soon with more detail about the times, venues and agenda. In the meantime, please make a note of these dates and pass this information to your members or communities who may be interested in contributing to the future of kauri.
ONZ will advise clubs of the venue details when they come to hand.
We are still looking for the lost National Championship Trophies
We are looking for the following trophies which were not returned for the 2018 National Championships …. and perhaps have not been returned for a year or two prior to this.
We really want to ensure all our National Champions get the chance to celebrate their successes and have the trophy in their possession for the year.
If you are in possession of one of the following trophies from previous years, we would appreciate it if you could return to the Orienteering NZ General Manager ASAP so it can be sent to this year’s recipient.
Before you return it, don’t forget to get your name engraved on it!
We are still looking for the lost National Championship Trophies
A Record Breaking Event
More than 300 000 participants took part at World Orienteering Day 2018! And the numbers of participants are still increasing! It proved to be a great success all over the world.
What was once only an idea, has come to be a reality beyond what anyone could have hoped. Schools, clubs and enthusiast all over the world made a fantastic contribution, and together managed to beat the world record once more.
From Egypt to Indonesia, from Mauritius to New Caledonia, from Colombia to Lithuania, hundreds of thousands of youngsters participated in World Orienteering Day. Following the idea “be part of something bigger- colour the world”, people all over the world took part in locally organised orienteering events, and celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.
– World Orienteering Day has demonstrated that we are truly a global sport and we, Jenny Nilsson and Göran Andersson, just want to thank the thousands of people on all continents who organised over 2000 WOD events for more than 300 000 people – well done the world orienteering family. You are very important for the development of orienteering, without you no WOD!
There are still 500 unreported WOD events so please if you can help us to get more events reported and some new events from other countries as well the numbers of participants, locations and countries will increase.
Congratulations to our clubs who took part in this event.
Keeping you more informed
ONZ has updated its enewsletter database which now allows you to chose which areas are of special interest to you – such as High Performance, Technical, Mapping.
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