5 Atahu Grove, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Phone (04) 566 2645
Michael John Wood (updated
1 Dec 12)
Address: 5 Atahu Grove, Lower Hutt
Phone: +64 (04) 566 2645
Michael has been orienteering for 37 years, and is currently a
top NZ competitor in M65. He is also a good mountain
runner, mountain-biker and rogainer. He has held most positions in
Orienteering Hutt Valley and Wellington Orienteering Association.
His national contributions include lengthy service as NZOF's inaugural
Coaching Director; NZOF Technical Committee Member and Convenor;
inaugural NZOF High Performance Director;
and liaison with major NZOF sponsor Ampro Sales. He was responsible
for much of the early development of Rogaining, MTB-Orienteering
and sprint-length Park-Orienteering in New Zealand.
He served on the IOF MTB-Orienteering Committee and
the IOF Marathon-Orienteering Working Group.
Michael has turned a background in teaching computer use into a
coaching ability through formal courses, learning on the job,
and advice from around the world. He has built up mapping skills
to a professional level through extensive NZ and international experience.
He runs New Zealand's most comprehensive orienteering equipment shop
and can offer consultancy in almost any area of orienteering.
Orienteering Participation and Competition
- First taste of mapsport was the 1968 CUTC Twenty-four-hour Walk.
- Began orienteering in 1975, recreational
orienteer in M21B for the first seven years.
- Around 1982 became a "competitive but Sunday-only" runner with increasing
success; culminating in selection in M35 for the 1986 NZ team which
travelled to South Australia.
- In a double with son Philip, won his first NZ title in 1987 in M40;
won again in 1990. Represented NZ against Australia at home in 1989 and 1991;
third M40 in an international field in the 1989 South Island 7-day Festival.
Took part in the 1990 APOC Festival in Canada and the US,
finished third in an even more international field.
- In M45, won the NZ Championship three years in a row 1992-94,
capped that off with the 1994 North American title. In
the then biggest class of the Veterans World Cup, twice
finished in the top 40.
- In 1997 the biggest class of the VWC
became M50, finished 33rd (USA), and on home ground in
New Zealand in 2000, 15th.
- In 2002, was unbeaten in M55 in New Zealand,
2nd in APOC in Canada, and 12th in VWC now called the World Masters
- From 2007-2011, won nine national orienteering titles in M60; in 2012, won all three national titles in M65.
- Has taken part in all ten World
Rogaining Championships; all the two-day Mountain Marathons held in
NZ; and all but one of the Kaweka Challenges. Twice placed
second in the elite class of the Cyclic Saga, NZ's biggest MTBO
event; and MTB-orienteered in France, Britain, Poland, Hungary and Australia.
Australian sprint-distance MTBO Champion 2007-2012 except 2008 (3sec behind)
Club and Regional Service
- Committee of Orienteering Hutt Valley continuously since 1979, holding positions of Publicity, Training, Chairman, Secretary, Club Captain, Programme Coordinator, Mapping (present) and Webmaster (present). The OHV website is the most active club site in NZ.
- Planned events to National level
(including the NZ Championships in 1988) and is a NZOF
"A" Grade Controller. Active locally: involved
in one third of OHV's 34 events in 2012, map producer for most.
- Mapper and cartographer
to IOF standards, worked on 140 maps including those
for the World Cup in 1994. Pioneered geo-referencing of orienteering maps in NZ. Specialist mapping for MTBO and Rogaine requirements.
Developed 1500sq.km "supertopo" map of greater Wellington area with
detail between o-map and topo. Map production for most OHV events.
- Club mentor: has produced
Training Officer's Guide, Event Organisers' Checklist,
Club Members' Handbook, and Job Descriptions for club officers.
- Chairman of the Wellington (Regional) Orienteering Association
for two years, subsequently Fixtures Officer, Treasurer
1994-2000, Further stints as Fixtures Officer and Convenor during 2000-2004. Currently webmaster.
- Wellington Coordinator during the 1988
visit of Swedish Coaches Lars Sjokvist and Karin Gunarsson.
Many regional training days, camps and junior trips.
National and International Contributions
- Elected NZOF Coaching Convenor in 1989, subsequently renamed
Coaching Director; until 1998.
Responsible for widespread consultation with orienteers over
priorities and the writing of long-term plans for coaching; coach
training and accreditation; registration of orienteering units on
the NZQA framework; assembly and cataloguing an extensive
resource library; the extension of the Training Squad system to
national Junior Camps, a Development Squad and Regional Junior
Squads; and programmes for clubs, schools, older orienteers and
- After retiring as Coaching Director, became
Coaching Coordinator of the NZOF Development Squad 1999-2000,
and NZ Veterans Squad during its brief heyday.
Member NZOF Coaching Advisory Committee.
- Many representations to the
NZOF Technical Convenor over the years, particularly on
appropriate courses for various classes, and permissible class
combinations; became a member when the Technical Committee
was formed around 1992, Convenor 2000-02.
- Ran the NZ National Orienteering League under contract 2003-04. In 2004 this
was absorbed into the new position of High Performance Director, held 2004-05.
Long-term planning, squad management, national team programmes and staffing, anti-drug protocols...
- NZOF Liaison Officer with
major sponsor Ampro Sales, through which orienteering received
benefits of up to $10,000 per year. From inauguration of the position to 2006.
- Leading thinker on orienteering development, contributing extensively to formal
plans and writing regularly for club and national magazines, online forums. Instigator of "technology transfer" threads on MAPtalk discussion forum, particularly mapping (600 replies).
Innovative proponent of orienteering formats which make better use of
- Responsible for introducing rogaining to NZ, his club
running 25 of the first 50 rogaines 1991-2002.
Foundation member of NZOF Rogaine Committee, currently its Convenor,
and Webmaster. Appointed to the brief existence of the IOF
Marathon-Orienteering Committee in 2001.
- Invented the City Safari, urban rogaine involving public transport.
Singlehandedly developed from concept in 2004 to 2011; with participation up to 565 (then NZ's largest rogaine).
- Responsible for transforming occasional MTB-Orienteering in NZ
onto a regular basis in 2000, his club has run more MTBO
than any other in NZ. Member IOF MTBO Committee 1997-98
Foundation member of NZOF MTBO Committee, currently its
Convenor and Webmaster.
- The first to apply the Hagaby loop design to sprint-length
courses, attracting experienced orienteers to city parks and
providing spectator interest. Developed locally
(O-Max Series 1999 to date) and demonstrated nationally (NZ Champs 2001).
- Background and wide knowledge of
orienteers make him an able race commentator.
- Awarded the Silva Trophy in 1990 for services to orienteering in NZ.
- Orienteering Retail business begun on a hobby basis 1987. Now most
comprehensive o-gear service in NZ, plus export sales.
- Offered services full-time under MAPsport banner from 1991, including...
- Orienteering Mapping service. Highest quality in New Zealand.
Mapped in Australia and Britain.
- Pioneer purchaser of OCAD mapping software in
New Zealand. First to produce an event map by commercial laser printer service.
- Orienteering Consultancy service. Started with
Coaching Directorship for NZOF, also includes Coaching, Volunteer Training,
Development services for NZOF and member clubs.
- "Good corporate citizen": supports orienteering through below-commercial rates, long-term sponsorship agreement.
Qualifications and Experience
- Orienteering Technical
- NZOF A* Event Controller Certificate
- Approved by the NZOF Technical Committee to conduct
- Attendance at IOF Controller Clinic. Extensive reading
on technical and mapmaking topics, attendance at 1997
IOF Mapping Conference in Norway.
- 34 years orienteering mapmaking experience, the last 21
as a professional mapmaker. Includes maps for MTB-orienteering
- 35 years orienteering course planning, controlling and
coordinating experience. Includes MTB-orienteering, rogaines
and close-to-home sprint-orienteering.
- Orienteering Coaching
- NZOF Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Coaching
Certificates. (The Senior award does not by itself imply
expertise with beginners!)
- Coaching NZ Level I Sport-general Coaching Certificate,
- Coaching NZ Level II Sport-general Coaching Certificate,
- 22 years orienteering coaching experience, from small
beginnings as a parent, through club Training Officer,
involvement in regional coaching activity, and 12 years
of national activity. Counting stops 2002; other activities
have crowded this out!
- Links with overseas coaches, working at training camps in
Canada and attendance at the O-Ringen Development Clinic
- Attendance at Coaching NZ and Hillary Commission coaching
conferences. Extensive reading on coaching
- 21 years experience operating a small business offering
services to a largely volunteer organisation.
- Current awareness of worldwide orienteering affairs through
travel, internet and magazine subscription; reading knowledge
of Swedish, French.
- "Working with Volunteers" training as a parent
in Playcentre, 1974-78; leader of Playcentre
- Various supervision and management courses in connection
with employment as a middle manager in WORKS Corporation
- Various short courses in teaching methods, technical
writing and document production
- 10 years experience teaching practical computer
application skills, including classroom, printed
self-study methods, and computer-based training
- PC-literate including webpage authoring and maintenance. Hard disk crash and recovery.
The experience which makes you diligent about backups!
- BE (Civil) and PhD degrees