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NZ Nationals 2019

Show Profile  HidingControls Posted: 1 April 2019, 9:04 AM  
My Guess, seeing as I made the plot.

I think Oceania and Masters have a part to play and then for the past few years Southern O Week has seen a lot of families making the most of their holidays. People are really enjoying their travels and time with friends from around the country.

Clubs like Hawkes Bay and Taranaki have developed a lot of Juniors and clubs in University towns are managing to keep them involved when they leave home. Look at the numbers in MW20 at JWOC trials. Juniors camps require selection, Orienteering is becoming a sport of choice. All good things.

Over 70s - there are in excess of 50 running in those classes. That's inspiring to me.

I think the entries will touch 600, that is 20% more than the previous best.

Show Profile  comatose Posted: 1 April 2019, 11:01 AM  
Agree with much of the above about growth of the sport at junior level and generally too, some clubs reporting highest membership numbers ever. Also a couple of other observations about 2019 that could be contributing:
1. Easter is in the school hols, making NZOC much more enticing to families with school kids to head off for a big holiday. The last 2 years (AOC 2018 and HB 2017) were only 3-4 day long weekends. This may be something to think about re future timing of Nationals, and could be a good thing to discuss at club forum.
2. South Islanders are flocking to it, 3 times as many attending than usual. I did a quick and unscientific comparison (as of today):
2017 Oceania 486 NZ, 1854 total: 109 SI / 377 NI / 1368 Other
2017 (HB) 484 total: 89 SI / 380 NI / 15 other
2018 (AOC) 522 total: 95 SI / 398 NI / 29 other
2019 (PAPO) 612 so far: 273 SI /264 NI / 75 other
So SI numbers are up by more than NI numbers are down = biggest numbers ever (also many more than usual from elsewhere). There's always going to be some geographical forces at play, hence moving the Nationals around the country. But we could ask "how do we entice SI to NI events in the future?" Even at Oceania numbers were well down, despite it being a huge international event (with WMOC after). As much as many northerners love heading to SI on holiday, we can't expect SI clubs to always put on events.


Show Profile  Jenni Posted: 1 April 2019, 11:28 AM  
There are 50-60 Australians coming as the Australian Easter event is in Perth so it's a shorter flight for east coast Australians to come. That is some of the increase.

It would be interesting to compare the number of SI/NI participants at any National with the number of SI/NI ONZ registered orienteers. Looking at the numbers at the AOS series event yesterday I feel, at least, PAPO has a higher proportion of travelling orienteers than the Auckland clubs. But I haven't checked any numbers it's just an impression.

Show Profile  SteveO Posted: 1 April 2019, 1:57 PM  
Particularly impressive is the strong M21E field. Is this the greatest concentration of NZ M21E orienteering talent at a single Nationals since Alistair Landels ran unopposed?

Show Profile  Jane H Posted: 4 April 2019, 7:07 AM  
So its the perfect storm for high numbers. Probably the most important factor is that Easter is in the SECOND weekend of the school holidays. In theory this will happen again in 2025 (as long as the govt hasn't mucked around with a shorter summer holidays by then ). Will keep this in mind during discussions at club forum. May be we could have Nationals on Chatham Island in 2025.

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 9 April 2019, 4:46 PM  
Doesn't really compare but largest nationals was in 1984 at Naseby but it was also APOC and ANZ Challenge. There were 685 entries with many from overseas. There were 62 M21E and 23 W21E.

Show Profile  Tane Cambridge Posted: 1 May 2019, 1:21 PM  
Similar but different, still comparable though. I suspected there was a Nationals in the 80's that was huge in terms of attendance. I knew that someone out there would know some history that's hidden out there!

Maybe someone needs to write a book or something (if not in existence already?) on the history of orienteering in NZ, its getting to the point now where if its not written down it might get lost with the Pioneers of Orienteering in NZ reaching that sort of age... (no offence intended!)

Show Profile  Martin Posted: 1 May 2019, 3:31 PM  
Stuart Payne wrote "A history of orienteering in New Zealand" to mark the 40th anniversary of the NZOF in 2013

https://www.orienteering.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/A_40th_anniversary_history_of_orienteering_in_New_Zealand.pdf

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 2 May 2019, 11:12 AM  
I haven't updated the website for a few years (2010) but all the old information is available and also contains counts of all historic events.

http://www.orienteeringresults.com/O/nzof/Resultsmenu.asp

(basically I've been slack or is that too busy making maps?)


Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 2 May 2019, 11:50 AM  
Bryan, back in 2006 you did a very good list of entries per Nationals prior to then (before you ask I was google searching a particular historic map).

Bryan wrote:

"Very impressive entries.

The record for most entries was 685 at APOC 1984 held in Naseby - the nationals was also held at the same time (not a real comparison as there were lots of overseas entries):

Year Event MapName Location Count Date
2005 Relays Smedley Hawkes Bay 282 3/28/2005
2005 Middle Distance Spingvale Hawkes Bay 441 3/27/2005
2005 Long Distance Whanawhana Hawkes Bay 447 3/26/2005
2005 Sprint Distance Te Aute College - Te Kura O Te Aute Te Aute 289 3/25/2005
2004 Middle Distance Koitiata Santoft 339 4/12/2004
2004 Relays Raumai Bombing Range Santoft Forest, Manawatu 285 4/11/2004
2004 Long Distance Osgoliath Waitarere 385 4/10/2004
2004 Sprint-O Mt Lees Mt Lees Reserve, Manawatu 261 4/9/2004
2003 Relays Muriwai Woodhill 261 4/21/2003
2003 Sprint-O Big King Auckland City 248 4/20/2003
2003 Short-O Hobbit Woods Woodhill 434 4/20/2003
2003 Celebre Woodhill 474 4/19/2003
2002 Relays Craigmore Timaru 237 4/1/2002
2002 Short-O Tekapo Lake Tekapo 328 3/31/2002
2002 Irishman Creek Lake Pukaki 341 3/30/2002
2001 Relays Wharepapa Waikato 219 4/16/2001
2001 Short-O 99 Gullies Taupo 358 4/15/2001
2001 Silver Hills Rotorua 400 4/14/2001
2000 Relays Den Skjute Slugt Mauriceville, Wairarapa 219 4/24/2000
2000 Short-O Ruamahanga Mauriceville 318 4/23/2000
2000 Vise Vers Huset Mauriceville 348 4/22/2000
1999 Relays Knobbly Kneez Woodhill 171 10/25/1999
1999 Short-O Wounded Kneez Woodhill 289 10/24/1999
1999 The Beez Kneez Auckland 331 10/23/1999
1998 Relays Judges Rock Otago 222 4/13/1998
1998 Short-O The Reefs, Maid's Hill Middlemarch 270 4/12/1998
1998 Akatore Dunedin 285 4/11/1998
1997 Relays Moffat Himitangi 303 6/2/1997
1997 Short-O Wanda Waitarere 397 6/1/1997
1997 Kaikokopu Himatangi 424 5/31/1997
1996 Relays Paekaka Piopio King Country 0 4/8/1996
1996 Short-O Paemako Piopio,king Country 356 4/7/1996
1996 Mangaotaki Piopio,king Country 381 4/6/1996
1995 Short-O Four Seasons South Auckland 361 4/16/1995
1995 Harker Reserve South Auckland 396 4/14/1995
1994 Short-O Kawhia Waikato 344 6/5/1994
1994 Glenora Hamilton 386 6/4/1994
1993 Relays Auahine Topu Woodhill 0 10/25/1993
1993 Short-O Auahine Topu Woodhill 320 10/24/1993
1993 Kaipara Knolls Woodhill 355 10/23/1993
1992 Relays Bottle Lake Canterbury 0 10/26/1992
1992 Omihi Canterbury 311 10/25/1992
1992 Short-O Chaneys Forest Canterbury 288 10/24/1992
1991 Relays Smedley Station Hawkes Bay 0 10/28/1991
1991 Mangarara Waipukurau 333 10/27/1991
1991 Short-O Granules Hawkes Bay 282 10/26/1991
1990 Mamaku Kaiangaroa 356 10/21/1990
1989 Relays Woodhill 0 10/23/1989
1989 Waiuku Waiuku 314 10/21/1989
1988 Scotts Ferry Santoft Forest 379 10/23/1988
1987 Relays Crohane Hawkes Bay 0 10/26/1987
1987 Paetataramoa Forest Taupo 359 10/25/1987
1986 Temu Road Woodhill 337 10/26/1986
1985 Waitarere North Waitarere 450 5/11/1985
1984, APOC, ANZ Challenge 1984 Naseby Otago 685 1/7/1984
1983 Awhitu South Auckland 406 5/8/1983
1982 Tarawera Rotorua 393 10/24/1982
1981 Woodhill 81 Auckland 261 10/25/1981
1980 Waimihia Forest, Iwitahi Taupo 324 10/26/1980
1979 Waiuku South Auckland 243 10/21/1979
1978 Waitarere Waitarere 127 5/14/1978
1977 Rotoehu Central Districts 137 10/22/1977


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