INFORMATION

BROCHURE

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GRADES

Oceania Championships 2017 will include the following age categories;
Men and Women: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+. See table below for which age categories will have E, AS or B options.

The age category you will compete in for Orienteering will be determined as at 31 December 2017. For example, if you are 39 during Oceania Championships time but have turned 40 by 31 December 2017, you would compete in the 40+ age category.

The organisers reserve the right to amalgamate grades if the entrant numbers are low in any one grade.

VENUE SERVICES

Each event venue will be set up to feel like a carnival atmosphere. Bring a picnic blanket, club tents, club flags and enthusiasm and settle in for a great day.

There will also be a modern results display, commentary, medics and more on site.

PUNCHING SYSTEM

All days of the Oceania Championships as well as the Middle Earth events and World Masters Games events will use SPORTident as the punching system.

SPORTident ActiveCard (contactless card) will not be permitted at any of the events.

EMBARGOED AREAS

Click on the image link to go to the interactive embargoed areas map.

ENTRY INFORMATION

Entries can be made online through the EnterO system.

There are early-bird prices available until the end of September 2016. (Click here for full entry prices and cut-off dates)

Information required to complete entry process: year of birth, sport ident number, IOF EventOr ID if entering elite grades.

ELITE RANKING and DRUG TESTING

The Sprint, Middle and Long events of the 2017 Oceania Championships will all be World Ranking Events.

As such, regulations such as drug testing will be adhered to. More details on this to come.

PARKING VOUCHERS

Sprint – Friday 14th April Carrington Campus

No event specific transport will be provided by the organisers for the Oceania Sprint. There will be limited parking available within the grounds of Carrington Campus and the only permitted access points to this parking will be published in Bulletin 2, Mid March.

For this event, the Organisers recommend the use of public transport and walking. Details of the best bus and train routes to use to access the Sprint events will be detailed in Bulletin 2, due for publication in March 2017.

Long, Relay & Middle Events –Athletes, Supporters and Spectators

**Note – Public transport is NOT available to access the Woodhill Forest Long & Relay Venues or to access the Onewhero Middle venue**

It is not possible to park outside Woodhill forest and walk or cycle in to the Event Arenas. Cycling to the Onewhero venue is possible but not recommended.

Parking and forestry access vouchers must be pre-booked for all vehicles. This will provide access to within 1km to 2.5km of the Event Arenas.

Pre-booking is on a ‘per vehicle’ basis with no restriction on the number of people in each vehicle. This is to encourage carpooling. The parking voucher provides both access through the venue security gates and access to the parking areas. Last date for purchase of pre-booked parking vouchers is Friday 31st March 2017.

Parking vouchers are;

      • $NZ7 per event for cars, 4WDs and Campervans.
      • $NZ35 per event for Tour buses seating 30 to 35 passengers
      • $NZ60 per event for Tour buses seating 50 to 60 passengers

To purchase parking vouchers

      • Cars, 4WDs and Campervans please go here.
      • Tour Buses please go here.

If you have entered any of the Oceania or Middle Earth events, please have your entry confirmation available as this will speed up the process for you.

If you have NOT entered any of the Oceania or Middle Earth events you will need to enter your name, address and email details.

Parking Vouchers for the Oceania Events and WMG2017 can be purchased from this site. Parking Vouchers are NOT required for the Middle Earth events.

During the entry process you will be asked the registration number of your vehicle. If you will be in a rental car, please enter “RENTAL” in that box.

If you are intending to bring children under 5years old into the forest and will be making use of the shared crèche facilities, please indicate this in enterO and you will be issued a parking voucher that provides access to parking close to the crèche facilities.

Parking vouchers will be available for collection at;

      1. The Registration Tent at the Oceania Sprint

Parking Vouchers will need to be shown to Security at the venue gate to gain entry into the venue.

PARKING VOUCHERS FAQs

      1. Why parking vouchers?
            • Forest and farm access and parking for cars and buses is charged by the venue owners and the modest fees charged recover this cost on a per vehicle basis.
      1. Why pre-purchase?
            • Pre-purchase of parking vouchers will speed up access and parking versus on the day cash transactions.
            • Pre-purchase lets the organisers know how many vehicles will need to be ‘parked’ each day and will allow this to be managed to give athletes the shortest possible walk to the Event Arena.
      1. What is the last day for pre-purchase of parking vouchers?
            • Friday 31st March 2017
      1. Available to buy on the day?
            • Yes, at an inflated price to discourage on the day purchase. Sale of on-the-day parking will be via a ‘slow’ lane at the forest gate so expect delays if you plan on buying parking on the day.
      1. Are they transferable?
            • Yes, the vouchers admit one car/4WD/campervan or bus. Once used it cannot be transferred to a second vehicle for the same event.
      1. Maps of the parking areas?
            • Parking area maps will be published on the event website, under sport information, and in Bulletin 2, due for publication during March 2017.
      1. Do older competitors get a closer park?
            • Yes, this is available. Please talk to the parking marshals who will direct you to the closest parking point still available.
      1. Come & go – multiple entries to forest?
            • Yes, multiple exits and entries are enabled.
      1. What if I lose my Parking Voucher?
            • The information tent at all events will be able to issue replacement (white) vouchers.
            • Woodhill Forest Gate Security will allow access to vehicles where their parking voucher has been lost. They will record the name of the person the voucher was issued to and the vehicle registration number before allowing entry.

NZ VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visitors from overseas may need a visa to enter New Zealand. The New Zealand Government’s visa information website provides details.

Each athlete participates in the event at their own risk. Travel insurance is recommended.

RACE CLOTHING and OTHER PRECAUTIONS

Full body coverage (with short sleeves) is recommended at the Long and Middle Distance competitions and the Relay competition. Shoes with rubber studs are allowed in all competitions. Shoes with metal studs are forbidden in the Sprint competition. Spiked shoes are forbidden in all competitions. It is recommended that a whistle is carried in forest races.
There can be many allergens present at the time of year the competition is being held including pollens, wasps and bees. Please be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions.

The Middle Distance is on working farms with usual hazards associated with normal farming practice. Fences may have occasional broken wires and there will be animals present. There are numerous cliffs, pits and dangerous holes, some small but deep.

CHILD CARE

A dedicated space is available for young children. This creche facility is unmanned and therefore it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure adults are supervising their children at all times. Those with young children may park closer to the Event Arena.

EVENT ORGANISERS

The 2017 Oceania Orienteering Championships is being organised by the three clubs in the Auckland Region – North West Orienteering Club, Auckland Orienteering Club and Counties Manukau Orienteering Club.

The organisation is overseen by a sub-committee of Orienteering New Zealand.

It is with great pleasure that Auckland is able to host orienteers from all over the Oceania Region.