About the Club
Auckland Orienteering Club (AOC) is a sporting club serving the orienteers of Auckland City, the largest city in New Zealand, with around 1.3 million people, lots of volcanoes (mostly dormant), two coasts (Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean), and a lot of beaches.
The primary purpose of an Orienteering Club (OC) is to organise orienteering events, navigation races on a specialised map. That means that one of an OC's major tasks is preparing and printing orienteering maps. AOC has more than 300 members, a couple of dozen maps, and runs 30+ events each year.
Our neighbouring clubs are NorthWest OC to the north and Counties-Manukau OC to the south.
Club Logo - One Tree Hill
The Auckland Orienteering Club's logo is a stylised silhouette of One Tree Hill, Maungakiekie, an extinct volcanic cone and a prominent iconic landmark visible from most of Auckland City. It is indeed the place that Bono sang about - U2's song One Tree Hill was in memory of a New Zealander.
The monument was raised early this century in "memory" of the Maori race. The lone pine tree, with its distinctive lean, stood on the hill for most of this century, despite multiple determined attempts to cut it down in the dead of night. In the end it was damaged beyond repair and was removed for safety reasons. The parkland surrounding One Tree Hill is one of the Auckland Orienteering Club's best-known maps. Many of our members first orienteered here, searching for controls among grand avenues of trees and ancient kumara storage pits on the terraces which ring the hill. Two orienteers were married on the Hill - they returned to the place they met to formalise the arrangement!
The Auckland Orienteering Club is governed by its committee meetings. We meet on the first Monday of every month except January, the venue rotating among Club participants. The Auckland Orienteering Club's meetings are purely administrative affairs. All Club members are welcome, although the constitution says only elected or co-opted members may vote. The meetings are rarely the scene of major power struggles! In practice we tend to see a small number of people at our meetings , most of them holding "official" Club positions.
- Discounted entry to club level orienteering events
- The club runs a number of social events each year.
- Skill development opportunities
- Members of the Club are eligible for financial support for representing New Zealand at international level from the Nicholls Memorial National Representative Fund.
- Junior members of the Club are eligible for financial assistance for attendance at training events and international event fees from the Junior Training Fund.
- Entry fees are paid for members representing the Club, such as the Auckland Relays and Katoa Po night relay event.
- Access to the club resource library materials
- Access to orienteering training sessions
- Access to training camps
- Participation in event running
- Affiliation to the Auckland Orienteering Association confers the right to compete in the Orienteer of the Year competition. (Others may attend events but are not "official".)
- Affiliation to Orienteering New Zealand confers the right to compete in designated Badge events (national competitions) throughout New Zealand. Non-affiliates must pay a rather heavy one-day affiliation fee for these events.
The Auckland Orienteering Club's main source of income is its hugely popular SummerNav Series, a series of orienteering events run during the summer in urban parks. The events take place in the early evening, and attract both navigationally challenged runners and seasoned orienteers. Courses are designed for all comers, although the longest and most difficult courses cannot attain the same level of technical challenge as events on forest maps.
Auckland Orienteering Club and its members are affiliated to regional, national and international orienteering bodies.
- Auckland Orienteering Association
- Orienteering New Zealand
- International Orienteering Federation
Orienteers wear special-purpose "O-suits" which give full body cover - very handy when you are hurtling through all sorts of underbrush. The Auckland Club's official O-suit uses traditional Auckland colours of blue and red.