Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


World Cup orienteering attracts athletes to Hawke’s Bay

December 24th 2012


World Cup orienteering attracts athletes to Hawke’s Bay

Representatives from 20 different countries will make their way to Hawke’s Bay for the final two races in the Orienteering World Cup series.

The World Cup will be raced in New Zealand during January for the first time since 1994 and has attracted 115 entries. An Oceania series will run in tandem with the World Cup which will help to swell the total number of competitors to over 1000.

The final two World Cup events will be held on farmland near Puketapu west of Hastings on Sunday 13th January, with a middle distance prologue in the morning followed by a chasing start race in the afternoon. The Oceania series will have event six of their competition at Smedley Station on Saturday 12th January and event seven at Puketapu on Sunday 13th.

Event Director Graham Teahan says “New Zealand Orienteering has only once ever hosted a World Cup orienteering race and that was in 1994, when the men's race was won by a New Zealander. We have high hopes of a kiwi featuring in the placings in 2013, following the recent win by New Zealander Mathew Ogden in the Middle Distance Junior World Orienteering Championships in Slovakia [first time for NZ]. New Zealander Tim Robertson won the 2012 Australian men's elite long distance title.”

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says “The Orienteering World Cup is the major event on the competitors’ calendar and it will be an exciting time for the sport in New Zealand. It’s the first time in 19 years that the World Cup has come to New Zealand and I am sure that the variety of terrain which has been chosen for this event will test the skill and fitness of this quality international field.”

“The two events combined will bring over a thousand competitors plus officials and supporters to Hawke’s Bay and that will be a great boost for tourism facilities throughout the region. Having such a large number of visitors in the region should also be a massive boost for accommodation providers and retailers.”

By the numbers (as at 24-12-2012):

Over a 1000 competitors from 25 countries will compete in the World Cup and Oceania series combined

926 individual entries in the Oceania Championship

115 entrants in World Cup races

25 World Cup competitors from New Zealand

23 World Cup competitors from Australia

268 entries from Australia in the World Cup and Oceania Championship

1 competitor each from Belgium, Italy, Russia, USA and Japan will enter the World Cup races

The Orienteering World Cup begins in Horowhenua with a middle distance race in the sand dunes at Waikawa Beach. The sprint final is held in suburban Wellington and then it’s onto Hawke’s Bay for a prologue event and a chasing start race.

Seven events make up the Oceania series which starts in a sand dune forest near Bulls and finishes with a race in gully/spur country near Puketapu in Hawke’s Bay.

More information on the Orienteering World Cup and Oceania series is available at www.oceania2013.co.nz
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news