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Hi All, things are changing and we need to make sure we can keep geocaching going for all of our mental health. But we need to make sure we can look after our community, so until we can get anything clearer from HQ we recommend that events do not go ahead during Level 3 (or 4). No caches will be published during Level 4. If you are a geocacher who is ill, no matter the level, please do NOT attend any geocaching event. If you are going to an event check out the guides on physical distancing. As HQ said in their blog think about some unfound local caches, still hit the local hills, you can go to your workshop to work on those lingering cache ideas or work on those D5 puzzles. If your cache is based in a local building check to see what they are doing and if necessary disable (we promise to go easier with the archiving tool for these caches). Remember to look after yourself and each other, be kind and be safe. If you have any queries put them in the comment below or feel free to PM any of the reviewers.
North Island cachers need to be aware of a serious danger currently threatening Kauri trees throughout the North Island. This information link https://www.kauridieback.co.nz/ has details of the problem and what you can do to minimise the spread of the disease. For cache owners, it is important NOT to go off the track to place caches in certain forests.
Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone.
The Manager of Community and Customer Services for Crown Property, within Land Information New Zealand has been consulted and advised about geocaching and has no issues for having geocaches placed within the Flat Lands Red Zone, but the Port Hills Red Zone is out of bounds (This area has been zoned red because of the life risk posed by rock fall and/or cliff collapse, and land slips. Please note this is an extremely dangerous area for the general public – there are natural hazards present and heavy machinery may be in use.)
A Map of the red zones is available here, and the RedZone is a layer that can be added to the map.
Caches within the Flat Lands Red Zone are to have this text added to the listing.
‘This geocache is placed within the Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone. Please follow all warning signs that you may come across. It there are areas that are fenced off with no access, then this is for a reason. There are to be no motorised vehicles (cars, motorbikes etc) used to travel through the Red Zone land or on roads where barriers are in place. People used to live in these areas, so please be respectful when in the Red Zone.’
Power boxes, Utility Boxes and Phone Booths
As these are owned and maintained by their respective companies. Some have warning signs of different types and some don't.
"Geocaches or any other material should not be attached to any electricity reticulation or equipment and we also encourage the public to keep clear of any electricity or other infrastructure.
There is a hazard if people are looking for the geocache feel for boxes in or under parts of the equipment. While the equipment is basically safe and is regularly inspected, we cannot guarantee this if there is a fault or damage that has not been identified.
It should be noted that transformers have 11,000 Volt wiring present inside the case."
"Our (Spark) preference is that the Geocaching community not affix containers to the phone booths, magnetically or otherwise. While I don’t believe the containers would cause any technical disruption to the service, or control panel access issues, it’s more about setting a precedent of allowing the public to place items on the booths - however unobtrusive they might be.
Also, the booths are regularly serviced by maintenance crews so which would probably result in a higher rate of container loss than some of the other locations your players use."