May-June 2014




Starting this Wednesday 14th May

38a Glendowie Road, Glendowie

Maps given out 6.55, start 7pm

See below for series details and remember to bring a torch.


Auckland relays


Sunday 15th June

This is a fun interclub relay and AOC is organising the event this year. The relays  will be run on one of Auckland’s best sprint maps.

If you want to be part of a club team email 




AOC fitness training (intervals or pack run) is on every Tuesday 6pm at the Domain.

Meeting at the grandstand (close to Auckland hospital).

If you’re after some fast and furious training, the AOTC meets each Thursday 5.30pm



Welcome to new members of AOC.

Callaghan/Pearce Family, Meghan Drew, Jack Cavanagh, Aakash

Dalvi, Taylor/Sinclair Family, Jack Duley, Liam Grozev, James Jelicich, Billy McColl, Bill Musgrove, Dylan Smith, Hang (Hannah) Zhang


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                           Matthew Greenwood - post the National Champs night event.


Lots of orienteering in the last few months - TONIC, JWOC trials, nationals and a never ending number of schools events. It’s been a fun time both competing and spectating. Our juniors have had a heavy orienteering workload but energy levels do not wane. Congratulations to members for great Nationals results.

Congratulations also to Alistair Stewart and Roger Woodroofe on receiving NZOF awards at the national champs prizegiving. These awards are significant and acknowledge many years of contribution to our sport at a national and local level. Alistair is the recipient of the Presidents award for outstanding volunteer contribution and Roger received an Orienteering NZ volunteer award. Well done

We have a slight lull before another season of OY’s however there’s no let up in lots of our members working hard to bring you the next series of events. Our new Summer Nav organising team have already created a programme for next summer so I’m very grateful for all their advance planning work. Some of us have also been looking at our coaching and training programme including what will be on offer at our coaching weekend in the first weekend of September. If you haven’t already got this in your diary mark it up now. I’m also aware that many parents have been doing lots of coordination for school events so it’s great to have your support. Hope to see you at some of our club trainings soon.     Guy



sprint series

The annual AOC winter street series is back for another year

Starting from next Wednesday you can turn up to the locations below and orienteer for an hour by torch and street lighting.


Wednesday 14 May  38a Glendowie Rd, Glendowie

Wednesday 21 May  6/7 Victoria Ave, Remuera

Wednesday 28 May  91 Alberton Ave, Mt Albert

Wednesday 4 June  tba, likely Grafton area (2 or 3 hours)


Very little orienteering experience is required. More akin to a run around suburbia with a map to keep your mind occupied.


The objective is to navigate to 6, 10, 14 or 18 controls and return to base within an hour. You choose your route and the number of controls you want to visit depending on how far you want to run. As a guide 6 controls can be visited walking in an hour, 18 controls will require a fast run and you'll likely cover 12-14km.


Maps will be given out at 18.55 giving you 5 minutes planning time before starting at 19.00. Return an hour later for a hot cup of soup and a chat. Refer to our website for more details


If you’re not able to make this May/June series there’ll be another winter street series starting in September at 4 new locations - locations in Balmoral and Pt Chevalier already confirmed


Interzone champs



Auckland Orienteering Club is hosting the Auckland Year 7/8 Interzone Championships at Cornwall Park, Archery club car park, on Tuesday 20th May.


Event organisers Selwyn Palmer, Leon McGivern and Smirnovs would appreciate a few offers of help.

Putting out controls from 8:00 am.

Managing Start/Finish/Results from about 9:20 am.


If you can help please contact Selwyn Palmer;  Ph 625 7798



OY series


The annual Auckland orienteer of the year series starts in  July. AOC is running 3 of these events and we’re looking for event coordinators for 13 July, 14 Sept and 19 Oct. Please call me if you can help out.


6 July      OY1 Whites Line, Woodhill (NWOC)

13 July    OY2 Mushroom Rd, Woodhill (AOC)

20 July    OY3 Waiuku Forest North (CMOC)

14 Sept   OY4 Telephone Track, Woodhill (AOC)

21 Sept   OY5 Kelland Road (CMOC)

12 Oct     OY6 Riverhead Forest (NWOC)

19 Oct     OY7 Rimmer Road, Woodhill (AOC)


Note at OY2 on 13 July we plan to add a rogaine  to the event as well  as normal courses, so tell your friends.a



TONIC action




I thought I’d include below photos of all our juniors who competed so well in the recent JWOC trials at Riverhead.

Congratulations Jonty, Kieran, Andrei, James and Tommy on a great showing.



Andei Popovici

James Crosby


Tommy finish


Nationals photos


Alistair Stewart award

Nationals middle Mike A - landscape

Nationals relays Ali Comer

Nationals relay waiting to start - landscape

Nationals relays Bianca Mercer

Nationals relays Hayley at start

Nationals relays Anna Crosby

Nationals middle Richard M

Nationals middle Joanna

Nationals long Selwyn


A series results


The A series wrapped up for another year last month. You can check out the series points results  here.



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International orienteering


If you’re interested in following our NZ senior and junior elites there’s going to be some exciting middle-of-the-night action in coming months. Upgrade your broadband and tune into these events.


World Orienteering Champs - 5-12 July - sprint event around the city of Venice


Junior World Orienteering Champs - 21-27 July


World University Orienteering Champs - 12-16 August





What was happening in Auckland Orienteering . . .

. . . 30 years ago?

  • The club magazine invited members of the club to volunteer some time to do some mapping.  Interested members were encouraged to contact the club’s top mapper – Selwyn Palmer.
  • A new computer game “The Forest” became available for Sinclair ZX Spectrum and TRS80 users.  Sounding remarkably like Catching Features (but with screenshots that were definitely from the 80s) it was described as “original, entertaining, intellectually satisfying and has an unlimited interest span”.
  • It was announced that the Australian O Team manager for their recent tour to New Zealand had become a priest.  Whether these two events were connected was not made clear.


. . . 20 years ago?

  • A number of events in Woodhill Forest had to be moved to other venues due to protesters blocking Inland Rd.
  • The AOA newsletter changed from 8pt to 11pt font, not without some controversy, of course.
  • Mark Roberts edited the newsletter and in an editorial raised an interesting question “why do North West and Central hate each other?”  After considering the possibility of someone running off with someone else’s husband, money being the root of all evil and even raising ham sandwiches as a possible cause, he eventually came to the conclusion that we are bound to be rivals but not enemies.
  • In reply John Powell, on behalf of the Central club committee, denied that “slandering NWOC is a standard agenda item at Central Club committee meetings which is passed unanimously with a standing ovation and shouted insults”. John also described the meetings as “boring”.


. . . 10 years ago?

  • John Powell was still writing letters to the editor of the magazine, this month opining that SportIdent, while appropriate for pre-entry major events, should not be used at OYs due to the delay in getting results out.
  • Auckland once again won Katoa Po with the first three legs (white, yellow and orange) being run by Toby Scott, Imogene Scott and Simon Jager in that order.
  • M10 and W10 grades were introduced at the National Champs, running on the White course.  As a result, the older grades moved up a difficulty with M/W12 going from White to Yellow, M/W14 from Yellow to Orange and M/W16 from Orange to Red.
  • Auckland Club (with a lot of help from their friends) ran the 2004 NZ Rogaining Championships at Port Waikato, the first and last true 24 hour rogaine run by the club.


NZOF news

Applications are invited for the World University Orienteering Champs – Team Manager Vacancy.

Applications for this position, including a summary of relevant experiences, to be forwarded to: General Manager

Deadline:  16 May 2014

The position is advertised on our vacancies page at 

Position Description: WUOC Team Manager 2014



For those planning a trip to Tasmania for Oceania 2015, order your copy of the Lonely Planet Tasmania Travel Guide for the special price of $41 (normal retail price is $48) from Mary at the Pt Chev Bookshop. Phone  846 0468 or email  Payment by credit card or internet banking. Delivery can be made at upcoming orienteering events.


Guy Cory-Wright

AOC President


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