We are championing an orienteering Brexit. We think that pommie politics may get so horrendously bad, everyone will want to leave the country soon anyway. So encourage them to get outside and orienteer somewhere new and far away. You can easily escape British life for a while and get far away from that political nonsense.
Tell all your British orienteering buddies to look out for out for our Oceania advert inside this classic UK magazine. Invite your UK mates over for a kiwi visit and to participate in a world-class event downunder. Get in some extra summer competition in January 2021 in a place where the sun shines and messy politics is easily forgotten.
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A new decade brings on fresh terrain and new adventures. Now is the time for yourself, for another big goal. It is time to build on your experience. It’s time:
to explore more, to increase the clean run count, to get fitter, to have more fearlessness, to trust yourself, to be comfortable with where you are at…
Where ever you are, this is your chance to travel and bring on a brand new challenge.
Oceania NZ 2021 has now published Bulletin Zero with more information about the event [2.3MB pdf file]. Read the Bulletin Zero info here, or download the pdf link below.
Oceania NZ 2021 news | First edition | January 2020
Kia Ora and Greetings,
After achieving a record number of entries and overwhelming success for the 2019 NZ Nationals, Peninsula and Plains Orienteers are planning another festival of orienteering fun. And then just like that, it’s 2020, so we are now working steadily on a much bigger and better event – The 2021 Oceania Champs.
NZ is made for outdoor adventure
We would love you to join us in New Zealand for a series of events that start at the top of the South Island at Marlborough and travel down to Oamaru, with Christchurch as the main base for the Oceania events. In January we have long, warm days with lots of terrain to explore. From greenery in a truly alive forest, to rocky outcrops in the alpine foothills and coastal forest sand dunes to explore. The Canterbury region as a base for Oceania has it all – from the mountains to the sea.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand within the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area is situated on the NZ South Island’s east coast, nestled between the alps to the north and the stunning Banks Peninsula in the south. There is no better time to experience NZ outdoor than January when the days are long and the weather is at its best.
A challenge to rumble your map skills in new terrain
Book your time away and plan for early next year. There some out-of-bounds areas that you must take note of, so please take notice of the embargo in place. See more info here.
Even though this will be a large international event with a festival atmosphere it is still a family-friendly and beginners are very welcome. Out of the multiple courses on offer each day, there will be a map that fits your challenge level. We just know you’ll love getting outdoors and testing your navigation in new locations.
We have rolled out a brief calendar of events check it out here: Programme
Oceania NZ 2021 championship event detail
Oceania Day 1 | Monday 11 January : Sprint event @ Lincoln
Location: 22 km, approx 25 mins from central Christchurch Terrain: Irregular buildings provide good opportunities for multiple route choices. Decision making on the run will require close attention to the map. There is an area of mixed grassland and clumps of scrub that will require a “change of gear” as you adjust to another terrain.
Oceania Day 2 | Tuesday 12 January : Long event @ Laidmore
Location: 66 km, approx 1 hour 10mins from central Christchurch Terrain: Mature pine forest with mostly beautiful clean running peppered with some challenging areas with low visibility. A series of gullies and spurs will provide twists and turns, sloping ridges and interesting contours to navigate with.
Oceania Day 3 | Thursday 14 January Relay event @ Woodend
Location: 55 km, approx 1 hour from central Christchurch Terrain: A long narrow strip of sand dunes with detailed and complex contours which include knolls, depressions and many small features. Some patches of dense pines and overgrown trails in a complex dune area with plenty of detailed navigation.
Oceania Day 4 | Friday 15 January : Middle event @ Prebble Hill
Location: 110 km, approx 1 hour 40mins from central Christchurch Terrain: Open grassland with numerous limestone outcrops bounded to the west by a river. A section of rock lies on the slope of a large amphitheatre with rock extending to a steep escarpment.
Sprint Double | Saturday 9 January : Picton and Middle Distance Sunday 10 January : Marlborough area
Location: 40 minutes drive inland from Oamaru. Map:This map has been used only once for the 2019 Nationals Long Distance event. Mapper – Russell Higham, 2018/2019. Terrain: The Kuriheka map has flat-topped farmland between gullies with mature manuka and pineforest. The open land is well-grazed with short grass and is fast running under all the trees, except in a few areas where the light has penetrated to allow vegetation tangles. The streams vary from a trickle to a wade, and the sides of the gullies can be steep in places with occasional rocky outcrops. Organised by Dunedin Orienteering www.dunedinorienteering.org
What’s on it’s way…
We are just nailing down the entry form the event entries to be open from June 2020..
Make sure you sign your mates, as well as yourself, up for the news on the Oceania 2021 website.
Quotes from past participants:
Orienteering testimonials from Nationals 2019:
And now for the rilly essential info you have been waiting for:
New Zild 102: How to speak in New Zillund
What you are saying?
How are you going?
Printout/download this Bulletin ZERO information [2.MB pdf file]:
We have been investigating what is the most meaningful embargo notice.
Yes, we know that sounds odd, but we are serious map geeks here. You can let us know if we have missed any vital info. Orienteers take embargos seriously, and we always enjoy reading the interesting comments that come after releasing one. So read the full document and fire us some great questions.
We have been following the IOF recommendations as closely as possible and some good technical discussions have been floating around. Many thanks to all the NZ technical team and out IOF advisor for your input. Orienteers like to keep the terrain fresh for the day – otherwise it defeats the purpose, so we know you will keep your eyes on this map only. Stay away, to keep the best map sport experience for the event on the day.
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We asked Richard Matthews, our Senior IOF Event Adviser (SEA) if he could tell us a bit more about himself. Having recently visited New Zealand to assist with Oceania 2021 planning, Richard is excited by areas for the carnival and is confident of a great event. He also participated in the Canterbury Championships in between scoping-out our preferred Oceania 2021 locations.
Richard started his orienteering journey with Walton Chasers in England in the mid 1970s before a moved to Perth, Australia in 1981 and immediately threw himself into the active local orienteering scene setting events, mapping and organising. A 5 year stint in Vancouver, Canada added Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC) to his club membership and he added a British Columbian Championship setting credit to his roles during his time in Canada.
In Western Australia Richard has held numerous Orienteering West Australia committee positions including President. He also has a long history of Rogaining as President of WARA for 5 years and as a founding member of the International Rogaining Association. Experienced with overseas events from the JK in England, he now has experience in Australia as a Level 3 Controller for over 10 years. Richard has been involved in 3 Australian Easter Carnivals as setter, controller and organiser, and also as an Australian Champs controller. A highlight in 2019 was being awarded the Silva Trophy for Services to Orienteering by Orienteering Australia – recognising many years of volunteer work.
At the competitive level, Richard has competed in the Australian AUS / NZ Challenge (anyone remember Kapamuhunga!) in the 1980s and has many state titles plus Australian and International Rogaining trophies in his cabinet. We are lucky to have him on-board working with the PAPO team in Christchurch to bring a top-quality event to the Oceania Orienteering community.