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Around Wellington in 2017

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Orienteering Hutt Valley

2017 got under way with the meaty Ak Attack on 29 Jan, and the 24hr Australasian Champs in Southland on 11/12 Feb. The City Safari on the buses is back on 14 May, and the all-day Big Trig and Ak Attack are scheduled for next summer.

This website is mostly about the popular 3hr afterwork rogaines. Initially designed as practice for longer events, but perfectly good in their own right. Get more details here... Early in the year there's also a series of 1-2hr starter-level rogaines that we call P-Max; there's a special P-Max website here...

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SCHEDULE (weekend rogaines in bold type)
 Sun 12 Feb
P-Max #1 Lower Hutt
X  Kicking off the CollegeSport year is this teams event on the western side of Lower Hutt including the forgotten Jubilee Park. Planned by Graeme Silcock and Sue Eastwood
 Sun 19 Feb
P-Max #2 Newlands
X  Continuing the CollegeSport series is this second weekend mini rogaine based at Newlands College.
 Wed 22 Mar
P-Max #3 Whitby
X  The 1hr mini-rogaines now move to their traditional afterwork slot, this one among the extensive walkways and parks of Whitby. Planned by student Seb McBride.
 Wed 29 Mar
P-Max #4 Mt Albert
X  Starting at Houghton Valley, this might use the bush above the zoo and hockey stadium. Or the tracks on South Head. Or both.
 Sat 1 Apr
NZ Sec School Rogaine Champs Hawkes Bay
 X For many, this is the goal of the P-Max series. At Tutira about 40min north of Napier. 3-4 hours depending on age. 4hr public event on at the same time.
 Wed 5 Apr
P-Max #5 Lower Hutt
X  Final in the introductory series, this will be on the eastern side of Lower Hutt, starting in the Waiwhetu area. Daylight saving has ended, this will be dark, woohoo! Muriel Seeley is the planner.
 Tue 11 Apr
Afterwork 3hr Makara Peak
 X Rachel Drew who lives just outside the MTB park is planning the first of the 3hr afterwork rogaines. Charge up those headlights.
 Thu 4 May
Afterwork 3hr Northland
 X That's Northland the suburb not the province! May include Tinakori Hill, may include Polhill Reserve, may include both! Depends on Tim Hodgkinson and team.
 Sun 14 May
City Safari
 XXThe one with the buses and trains. 3 or 6 hours. Kelvin Thiele
 Mon 12 Jun
Afterwork 3hr Skyline
 X The stretch of Wellington's western boundary from Karori to Kaukau has a myriad of tracks many of them in the bush. Jo McKenzie and Ann Kendon are the course planners.
 Thu 6 Jul
Afterwork 3hr Eastbourne
 X You know what that means - Butterfly Creek and the extensive bush of East Harbour Park. Sue Eastwood lives here and will plan with Graeme Silcock.
 Wed 9 Aug
Afterwork 3hr Miramar
 X War memorials, Gun emplacements, movie sets, nude beaches, Miramar has it all. Sam Walton and his team won the 4hr Ak Attack this year.
 Wed 13 Sep
Afterwork 3hr Newtown
 X Lara Shepherd and Leon Perrie did a great one on Mt Vic last year which broke all records. lets break the record again!
 Sun 3 Sep
Winter Classic
 X Tough Wgtn OC orienteering event that includes a rogaine.
 Wed 18 Oct
Afterwork 3hr Petone/Western Hills
 X The western hills are full of bush-clad gullies which have made a sawtooth out of the earthquake scarp, so nothing is a straight line here. Muriel Seeley is the planner.
 Sun 5 Nov
Deborah Turner Mem Rogaine
 X Excuse for another trip to the Hawkes Bay, DT commemorates a rogainer who was a city councillor. They have great terrain up there, probably 3hrs but completely rural like a championship rogaine. Daylight.
 Thu 16 Nov
Afterwork 3hr Titahi Bay
 X 14yo Cameron Thiele planned his first rogaine last year and it was good - this area includes Whitireia Park and Elsdon Bush.
 Sun 3 Dec
The Big Trig
  XOur annual traditional rural rogaine. 3/6/9hrs. With the option of doing 3hrs on Saturday night for a points premium. Mark Malone has been finding some unexpected features in the bush.
Akatarawa Attack
  XYes this is next year. The MTB rogaine where you can drop your bike - or leave it at home. 8 or 4hrs.

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ORIENTEERING ON FOOT: "involves finding your way through unfamiliar terrain using a map." Competitions are usually individual, but groups are welcome too. Checkpoints may have to be visited in a certain order, or a time limit is set. Courses can take anything from 10 minutes up, with an hour quite common.
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ROGAINING: "a sport of long distance cross-country navigation", in which teams of two to five people visit as many checkpoints as they wish in a set time period. "Long" is anything up to 24hrs, but the skills can be practised over any period, such as one hour.
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