OrienteeringNZ e-Newsletter – Compass Point – July 2016
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Fri 5 Aug 2016 3:04pm
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Orienteering NZ - Find your adventure

  • View from the Chair
  • ONZ Appointments & Vacancies
  • Proposed Change to Secondary School Grades – Consultation
  • HP Update – JWOC Performances – Food for Thought
  • Are you interested in Safety Management?  We Want your Help
  • Russian Doping Scandal – IOF Response
  • Camps – Applications close 31 July
  • AMP Scholarships Open

View from the Chair – July 2016

Plenty to shout about this month. Pride of place goes to our Kiwi Rogainers Chris Forne and Greig Hamilton who placed first in the World Rogaine Champs at Ross River, Australia. Kiwis produced some strong results with seven participants within the first ten teams. PAPO dominance was further reflected with Georgia Whitla and Lara Prince first home in the women’s race and 12th overall.

Early in the month the focus was on JWOC in Switzerland where I (and I’m sure others) followed events and news of individuals performances through a very informative website. It was great to be able to view the outstanding scenery and areas used for the events and also the maps which looked very challenging. It was also rewarding to see positive performances from our young athletes especially the boys with Shamus Morrison and Tommy Hayes providing outstanding results in the Middle and Sprint respectively and also setting up the boys team for a strong result in the Relay. The most rewarding aspect was to view the overall points table and see NZ ahead of Great Britain and also Australia.

Third week of the month saw the NZSS Champs in the Waikato. Whilst Queens Birthday was the main trial governing the selection of the NZSS Schools Team to take on the various Australian State Schools teams in rural Queensland and the Gold Coast, the NZSS Champs provided a last chance to make an impression on the selectors. Feedback was that it was a great event and well organised – thanks to Waikato and helpers who must have been delighted at the 400+ participation. Congratulations are due to those selected to represent NZSS at both junior and senior level.

The ONZ Board have been busy reviewing and updating various policies including G1 – Selection Policy and G6 – International Team Funding. Feedback received from members, previous team managers and our elites was very helpful and has been taken on board and reflected in an amended G6 policy. This together with G1 will be sent out to clubs for consultation and uploaded to our website enabling anybody to comment. Other policies under review include the mass of policies contained with the Miscellaneous Policies and Bylaws which appears to have been used as a dumping ground and a policy defining how the Executive Committee should function, manage and operate.

On the international front, moves are afoot to expand Oceania orienteering horizons beyond just Aus and NZ and form a Regional Working Group to develop initiatives. Another paper which has sought our comments surrounds the desire to establish Oceania Youth Championships.

August sees our elites in action at the World Champs in Sweden where we wish them good luck and also best wishes to ONZ Manager, Catriona McBean who has a wonderful experience to look forward to as a volunteer at the Rio Olympics (we’ll save you all the nasty jobs for your return!).

David Turner
Chairperson ONZ Council

ONZ Appointments & Vacancies

The following vacancies are currently being advertised on the ONZ website:

Junior Development Committee member

The deadline for JDC member applications has been extended so we can get a suitable candidate.

Full position descriptions for all these roles are available on the Orienteering NZ website.

Proposed Changes to Secondary School Grades

The Junior Development Committee is grateful for the detailed and thoughtful responses provided by the orienteering community on the schools grades document.

The committee noted many factors in the responses including:

  1. Many year 9 orienteers are newcomers to the sport without a strong platform of technique;
  2. Many of the regions do not have the event base and coaching resource to rapidly build their school orienteers to higher standards; and
  3. that well set courses will ensure orienteering skill will predominate over speed alone.

The following grades system for North and South Island and New Zealand Secondary School Champs is recommended by the Committee:

  1. School championships gradings be by school year, rather than athlete age.
    • Junior – Year 9
    • Intermediate – Years 10 & 11
    • Senior – Years 12 & 13
  2. The course difficulty at each grade be as follows:
    • At Championship grade: junior will run yellow; intermediate run orange; senior run red.
    • At Standard grade: junior run white, intermediate run yellow, senior run orange.
    • A Novice grade be introduced at senior, running yellow.
    • It is proposed that the Novice grade will be included in the school points system, with the winner of a Novice grade obtaining no more than 5 points. Please note no decision on the review of the school points system has been made at this time.
  3. Good quality and consistent standard of course setting is crucial at school championships.  Mechanisms for assisting host clubs with this will be explored with the Technical Committee.  A particular note for Junior Championship is that planners and controllers are asked to set courses within the boundaries of the yellow course definitions that provide route choice and in which navigational choices away from “handrail” features are likely to be the governing factor in deciding the winner.
  4. Some Juniors may choose to “run up” in the Intermediate grade if seeking to run orange in order to achieve a suitable level of challenge.  A review of numbers of juniors running up to intermediate will be made after the 2018 Championships to identify if a separate orange course is required at Junior.
  5. These recommendations relate to the North Island, South Island and National School Championships. The Junior Development Committee will create an updated set of rules for these championships once approved. The changes are recommended for consideration at regional competitions, but are not binding on these competitions.

Feedback on the proposed changes closes on 31 August 2016.  Feedback to be sent to gm@orienteering.org.nz

High Performance Update

JWOC Performances – Food for thought

With JWOC just behind us and the excitement of the excellent performances by Tommy Hayes, Shamus Morrison and Ed Cory-Wright, I have been taking a wider look at how we have been performing at JWOC over the last several years. It raises some interesting issues. Shown below are three tables. The first two show the number of times over the years 2011-2016 that our athletes have finished in each quartile of the field (i.e. top 25%, 25-50%, 50-75% and last 25%) in the sprint and long distance races. The third shows by year the number of qualifiers we have had for the A final in the middle distance.

1st Quartile 2nd Quartile 3rd Quartile 4th Quartile
Women 2 12 14 7
Men 13 14 7 2


1st Quartile 2nd Quartile 3rd Quartile 4th Quartile
Women 1 10 16 8
Men 14 8 9 4


Middle A Final-Women A Final-Men
2011 3 3
2012 1 2
2013 1 1
2014 1 1
2015 0 3
2016 1 3
Total 7 13

The numbers lead to an obvious suggestion – relative to the men, our women at JWOC are significantly underperforming. The future health of our standing at WOC, where quotas of runners are now the norm, suggests that it is important that we find the reasons for this and think about how we address them.
It can be argued that for a number of years we have had quite young women’s teams at JWOC, but that seems to provide only a partial answer. When individual performances are tracked for those athletes who have been to several JWOC’s, it shows that men who started in the 3rd or 4th quartile have generally improved into the top half or even quarter (including medals) of the field at subsequent JWOCs. The same is not true for the women.

This is an issue that High Performance and the Junior Development Committee will be discussing in association with coaches and other interested parties. Are our junior women stuck in a comfort zone that does not prepare them for international competition? Should we be providing targeted training camps for them? Do we need female senior role models here in New Zealand? Should we be providing our junior women with more intensive competition against the seniors? Should we, as many countries do, provide stricter selection criteria e.g. the ability to run 5000 m in a specified time? The list goes on. Food for thought…

Are you interested in Safety Management?  We want your help.

The Health and Safety at work Act 2015 has been passed into law (4 April 2016). This has created doubt in many of us as to what the ramifications of the Act are.

As part of my role as ONZ Event Liaison I have been tasked with the creation of a Safety Management System (SMS) for ONZ and affiliated clubs to make it as clear as possible what we must do to keep people safe.

This involves setting ONZ Policy, documentation, processes, role responsibilities, hazard identification etc.

For clubs we will provide easy to use check lists,  safe operating procedures, templates, safety notices, emergency procedures.

Part of the above process includes consulting with interested people within our sport to contribute to the SMS creation.

If you are interested contributing please contact Russell Higham; events@orienteering.org.nz.

IOFRussian Doping Scandal – IOF Response

ONZ sought clarification from the IOF earlier this week on their position regarding the Russian Doping Scandal from the McLaren Report.  The IOF have responded to all IOF members with the following statement:

We would like to provide the following clarifications and background information about the IOFs Anti-doping work as it relates specifically to Russia:

  • The IOF carries out anti-doping testing both in-competition and out-of-competition. This testing has included Russian athletes in FootO, MTBO and SkiO and no Russian athlete has tested positive during any testing carried out by the IOF.
  • As of 2015 the IOF testing plan also includes Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) evaluations. ABP are established for athletes in the IOF Registered Testing Pool (RTP). These athletes are required to notify the IOF and other Anti-doping authorities of their whereabouts for testing. In 2015, the IOF RTP consisted of 9 athletes, with one being Russian. In 2016 the RTP has been extended to 13 athletes with 3 being Russian. None of the athletes in the RTP has been registered as having either a whereabouts failure, nor an adverse finding in their ABP.
  • The IOF has not during the past years utilized the services of the Russian Anti-doping organisation RUSADA or the laboratories in Moscow or Sochi which have been the targets of the independent investigations. IOF Testing which has been carried out on Russian (and all other athletes) has been carried out through WADA compliant organisations and laboratories.
  • The IOF Anti-doping test plan is based upon so-called intelligent testing, i.e. testing is planned and targeted based upon information gathered and known. This method will continue to be used and we will continue to be vigilant in assessing information received from many sources as the test plan evolves.

Based upon the above, we can find no evidence that individual orienteering athletes from Russia should be excluded from participating in IOF events in regards to past, actual or suspected anti-doping violations.

A full copy of the IOF position can be found on the ONZ website: IOF Statement IOC_WADA_RUS (PDF  414KB)

2016 Junior Camp – Reminder for Applications

The Junior Camp is being held in Canterbury, organised by PAPO.

17 – 22 December 2016

Woodend Christian Camp (north of Christchurch)
Terrain- Local sand dunes, Banks Peninsula hills, urban sprints and alpine forests
Junior Camp is for you if you are…

  • At school or of equivilent age
  • Running orange consistently or red
  • A member of an ONZ affiliated club
  • Someone who wants to imporve their orienteering and have fun
  • Aiming for regional schools team and NZ schools team

Regional Senior Squad & Junior Camp Coaches Camp

11-16 December 2016

Mt Cheeseman Lodge, Castle Hill
Terrain- Castle Hill, Flock hill boulders, Hogs Back and mountain running
Development Camp is for you if you are…

  • Minimum age year 12 or equivilent up to 23.
  • Wanting progression from Junior Camp
  • A member of an ONZ affiliated club
  • Aiming for Junior Superseries, Junior Pinestars and JWOC.
  • Have commitment to training for orienteering
  • Getting good results in NZ champs, Queens Birthday, JWOC trials etc.

For Both Camps:

Cost TBC includes full board, maps, transport

Applications close on 31 July. Participants confirmed by 31 August 2016

AMP ScholarshipsNow’s the time to grab your dream!
Applications for this year’s AMP Scholarships are now open and you could get up to $10,000 to spend entirely on pursuing your dream. See the great things some of our past recipients are achieving here.

Oceania + World Masters Orienteering Championships - Auckland 2017


In April 2017 Auckland will host two of the largest orienteering events ever to be held in New Zealand. The Oceania Orienteering Championships and the Auckland World Masters Games will run over consecutive weekends in terrain throughout the region.

Auckland, Counties Manukau and North West Orienteering Clubs are collaborating to organise both orienteering carnivals, and its going to be a great challenge to hold 11 races in 14 days (including 2 days in Rotorua organised by OBOP). With ONZ, the three clubs have formed a steering group which has been working together for five years to lay the foundations for this landmark occasion.

We are hosting Oceania ourselves. This will be like a normal NZ orienteering event, only bigger.

For Auckland World Masters Games, orienteering is just one of 28 sports. We’re contracted to deliver orienteering within the larger Games event. Auckland is expecting 25,000 athletes – that bigger than the Olympics – of which 1000 or more will be orienteers.

We will use the same teams to deliver both events. Volunteers will still be able to compete – we’ll work around your commitments.


We are using this signup form to collect volunteers for Oceania and AWMG but as per below you must also register on the official AWMG site.


AWMG will have a compulsory volunteer registration process via the official AWMG website. It is a quick and easy process to sign up – about 10min!  All our club members will be “sport-specific volunteers”.  The Games team want to have all sport specific volunteers signed up as early as possible so go on and do this now. When registering with AWMG, you’re just putting your name down. You won’t be assigned to any particular role.  But, what do you get includes:

  • A code to use when applying that allows you to skip many questions and the interview process.
  • When you get to the section asking for a sporting partner endorsed code use ORIENSC
  • A free uniform to keep
  • Meals
  • A mighty good feeling for helping out your club and the sport of orienteering
  • The experience of being part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world

What you need to do:

  • Apply as a volunteer as soon as you can
  • Have your driver’s license or passport ready when you apply plus your t-shirt size
  • Be available to help at four or more volunteer shifts

For more information have a look here


The FAQ’s link has a lot more detailed information if there is anything more you need to know. Once you’ve got all the info you need, grab your passport or driver’s license, click Apply and choose the SPORT link. When you get to the section asking for a sporting partner endorsed code use ORIENSC Thank you so much for taking the time to apply as a volunteer so Orienteering can be a successful sport at the Auckland World Masters Games!

So what are you waiting for….fill out your details here, tell us your plans and we’ll be back in touch.

2017 World Masters Games - Auckland NZ2017 World Masters Games & Oceania Updates


A wee reminder to ALL orienteers the WMG2017 embargoes apply to everyone, regardless of whether you are a masters orienteer or not.  Please ensure you respect and abide by these embargoes.  Click here to find out about the embargoes.

AWMG Registrations are Open

Registrations for WMG2017 are now open.

WMOC2017 Bulletin 1 – “Sports Information Guide” Published

The WMOC2017 Bulletin 1 has been published.

oceania2017.nzOceania Registrations are Open

Registrations for Oceania are now open.

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WOC 20 – 28 August

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