Oceania embargo updated to 2022

An updated embargo document (version 4) has extended dates to 2022.

These embargoed areas are out of bounds to competitors prior to the Oceania 2022 events, and cover the areas being used in the competition. This prevents unfair prior knowledge being gained about the terrain and map features.

The following embargoes are still in place for the Oceania 2022 Champs: Laidlaw, Woodend, Flock and Prebble Hill, Lincoln Primary and Secondary Schools.

Oceania 2022 embargo doc – template v4 (1)

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Oceania shuffles to 2022

Yes, Oceania has moved along a year! Wow, and what a year it has been so far. Current restrictions at the New Zealand border are very tight in response to COVID-19. So at this point to go ahead with the event in January 2021 is not achievable. Peninsula and Plains Orienteers (PAPO) have been negotiating with Orienteering NZ, Orienteering Australia, and the International Orienteering Federation on various options since March this year. To that effect, we are pleased to announce that the Oceania Orienteering Championships will now take place in January 2022 (COVID-19 allowing). All current embargoes will be extended to 2022. At this time it is too early for defined dates, but we ask you to mark down in your calendars from early to mid January and we will confirm the new dates as soon as we can. We look forward to good health in the year to come and to January 2022.

Photo credit: Michael Croxford, Wayfind Outdoors Ltd

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Planning in a pandemic

Despite the worldwide difficulties with travel and recreation under COVID-19, Peninsula and Plains Orienteers are still keen as to host a great event for Orienteers in January 2021. We have decided to go ahead with 4 days of events – whether they will be possibly be called the Oceania Championships, or not. This decision will now be decided by the end of August. We are currently canvassing other South Island clubs to determine the full extent of the series, and we will be back with more news soon. Thanks for sticking with us as we work this out.

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Waiting game

 “It’s spookily quiet in the forest and sounds from the farms in the valley below seem to travel a long way”, says Michael Croxford. Michael has been working on mapping in the middle of nowhere with only some friendly farm noises, the odd native bird and a couple of rabbits to keep him company.  Visits to Oceania terrain were on hold in the highest Lockdown, but the Laidmore forest was on the top of the list to start mapping once regional travel was enabled.  We are looking forward to hearing more to whet our appetite as we wait in anticipation for announcements on the availability of future trans-Tasman travel.
So what is the terrain like? Michael describes it as  “pine forest that is clean and very runnable with rock features scattered across the slopes however, there is some reduction of visibility at times so runners will definitely need to stay in map contact.”
It is sounding like the perfect orienteering playground for Oceania 2021.
Image source: WayfindNZ
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Response whilst in lockdown

We are almost at the end of a high lockdown level – level 4 in New Zealand. Things are going to work differently for a little while yet. Along with all of New Zealand and the rest of the world, it is too early for any of us to make sensible decision about whether we will be able to go ahead with the Oceania Orienteering Championships in January 2021, due to national and international travel restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The organising group anticipate being able to make a firm announcement by June at the earliest and August at the latest. Watch this space, and in the meantime, as always, stay safe.

Image source: The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite over New Zealand. Image captured on 22 August 2018, this true-colour image shows the snow-covered Southern Alps stretching 500 km across the west coast of the South Island.

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