Van Asch Parking

Contrary to all hopes and expectations repairs to grounds at Van Asch at the Wakefield Avenue entrance to the school are not complete. This entrance, and a small part of the grounds near to the entrance, are fenced off.

Hence we can offer you 3 ways of accessing the school grounds:

1. High jump:  over fence on Wakefield Avenue into the grounds
2. Walk in through gap in hedging at corner of grounds near the bus turnaround at the bottom of Evans Pass.
3. By road through Heberden Avenue entrance. If you do this you will have to drive along Heberden Av. from the bottom of Evans Pass. It is about 200 metres from the Evans Pass turnoff. The avenue is blocked off from the other direction. It will be signposted.
Hope you find it.
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February 1st: Club Event and AGM

Sunday 1st February;

An opportunity to really sharpen the brain as well as the legs by running round the delightful Van Asch School grounds, Sumner. ( Also current home to Redcliffs Primary school).

A beginners course ( white/ yellow) with starts from 11am and for everyone else an Individual Map Memory Star event, with a briefing at 11am followed by organised mass starts.  (No Sport Ident)

Bring your picnic blanket and food to stay for the very entertaining PAPO AGM, at 12 noon – be there or risk being voted onto the committee in your absence.

Parking; entrance off Wakefield Avenue, follow signs ( currently some repairs happening – these should be gone by 1st Feb) or on Wakefield Ave adjacent to school grounds.

Toilets; Please go  before you get to Van Asch.  The nearest toilets are at St Leonards Square on  the corner of Duncan Street and Denman Street, or Porta loos in Sumner Village.

Sumner Market: Every Sunday the Sumner market is held in the Village from 10am till 2pm, pop in on the way or on the way home.

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Tour de Peninsula entries close next Friday 23rd January

Yes, even though it is local, it is pre-entry with allocated start times.

Don’t let that put you off, and don’t miss out on what promises to be a most excellent series of events…

All the info and link to online entry is at


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February 22: The Groynes Event

For PAPO helpers on the day

  • Helpers can sign up as of now.
    • PAPO had lots of new members in 2014 and the day has roles for everyone.
    • If it suits you to help after 1pm, particularly control collection/packup after 2:30 please advise, but we also need volunteers for 10-1pm.
    • Keen juniors (aged say 9-10 upwards)… Mel has tasks for you.
    • Reply to Mel at
  • We will have a PAPO tent near registration. Go to the PAPO tent first to sign in and drop any gear.
  • Full support from the CCC support team again – but sorry the filled rolls last year were a one-off.
  • In the week prior, Mel will email you the roster and details on your role.
  • Free runs after 12:30 for helpers on the day.
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February 22: “Give it a go” Orienteering at The Groynes

For participants:

The park is about to open a new permanent orienteering course.  This event will show what a great location the Groynes is for entry-level orienteering.  Get to see parts of this park you have never explored before.

It is a ‘score’ event – meaning you choose your own route to score as many points as you can in one hour.  There will be many controls all around, with different points’ values.

  • Registration is from 10am till 12:15pm, near the fishing lakes.
  • You will get a card to clip to show which controls you have found.
  • After instructions, you will get your map.
  • At regular intervals there will be an exciting mass start – everyone will take off in all directions.
  • The trick is to get back in time. It’s fun to watch everyone returning from different points to cross the finish line in the hour.

Participants can run, walk, go alone or in groups or families. However, due to the narrow paths there is no mountainbiking option this time.  There is plenty of parking.

Your action plan:

  • Wear clothes and footwear suitable for the weather. Bring water and snacks and cash for the range of food and drink vendors who will be there on the day.
  • Enjoy the entertainment coordinated by the Sports and Rec team at CCC Burwood Pegasus.
  • Orienteering in Canterbury is both a competitive sport and an interesting recreational activity.  Your local club has heaps of events in the next few weeks: newcomers and non-members are always welcome.

More questions?  You’ve already found the PAPO website.  Go to the contact page and email .

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Christmas Caper results

Results of the Christmas Caper Score event held on the Montgomery Spur map.  planned by Trevor Batin and controlled by George Richardson.
Christmas Caper 2014 results

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PAPO Christmas Caper and Annual Prizegiving

PAPO Christmas Caper and Annual Prizegiving

Sunday 30th November, 11.00am Mass start

Planner: Trevor Batin  Controller: George Richardson

Where: Montgomery Spur, Christchurch

Event Centre: Stand Children’s Services, Tu Maia Whanau, 23 Glenelg Spur (off Centaurus Road). Parking available. N.B. Take great care when turning into and out of Glenelg Spur – blind bend – use the street mirror. Registration from 10.00am.

Format: Score event with 45 mins or 85 mins options  SportIdent: Yes

Briefing: 11.00am followed by 10 minute walk to start.

Prizegiving will be whilst you’re relaxing and enjoying the views and good company.

Description: Mixture of open, runnable hillside, rocky outcrops and steep rough ground with cliffs and boulders. This is an event all can enjoy – take a leisurely stroll over the beautiful Porthills, or challenge yourself to find every control! You’ll need to plan your course carefully. Christmas bonuses will be on offer! We are fortunate to be able to locate the event at the newly built Stand Children’s Services site (formerly Glenelg Health Camp). This is a service for children that offers a therapeutic environment Please do not wander around the facility. If you would like a tour I’m happy to provide one after the event. In the highly unlikely event of wet weather, we can use the gym inside. There is a swimming pool onsite which you are welcome to use after you’ve finished up to 2.00pm. Children must be supervised by parents at all times.

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2014 NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs – Results

Results of the MTBO Sprint at Hanmer Springs on Saturday 22nd November, planned by Viv Prince and controlled by Dave Armstrong.
MTBO Champs 2014 Sprint results

Results of the MTBO Long distance at Hanmer Forest on Saturday 22nd November, planned by Alister Metherell and controlled by Josie Boland
MTBO Champs 2014 Long Distance results

Results of the MTBO Rogaine at Hanmer Forest on Sunday 23rd November, planned by Alister Metherell and controlled by Graeme Read
MTBO Rogaine results
MTBO Rogaine splits
Rogaine analysis

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South Island Championship Results

Results of the Middle Distance event held on the new “Kakahu” map, mapped and planned by Nick Hann and controlled by Al Cory-Wright
SI Champs 2014 Middle Distance results

Results of the Sprint event on the new “Geraldine” map, mapped by Nick Hann, planned by Stephen Harding and controlled by Mike Harding
SI Champs 2014 Sprint results

Results of Long Distance event held on the “Craigmore” map, planned by Katie Bolt and controlled by Michael Smithson
SI Champs 2014 Long Distance results


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Acheron OY results

Results of the OY event on the Acheron map, near Lake Colerdige on 19th October 2014.
Planned by Simon Swaffield, Controlled by Greig Hamilton
Acheron OY results (pdf)

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