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As per the PM has announced this afternoon all areas are currently in Level 4 until at least 11.59pm Tuesday 24 August 2021.
IN LEVEL 4 - YOU SHOULD NOT BE FINDING GEOCACHES, or PLACING GEOCACHES or ATTENDING EVENTS. No caches will be published at this time.
Please remember to be kind to each other.
The following is to keep the wider community and players safe and has been prepared by the NZ Reviewers in line with discussions with the government advisers (covid19.govt.nz) and is supported by Geocaching HQ.
Level 3 and 4;
NOTE IF IN THE EVENT WE RETURN TO LEVEL 3 or Level 4 (LOCKDOWN) In THE COUNTRY OR REGION YOU ARE IN, YOU SHOULD NOT BE FINDING GEOCACHES, or PLACING GEOCACHES or ATTENDING EVENTS.
Whilst people should not be caching, overarching rules including rules over deleting logs stand, along with conduct in terms of respecting each other. We should not have to say educate and avoid/walk away from disagreements and avoid witch hunts/public shaming others. Be kind to each other.
FOR LEVEL 2;
Events during Level 2;
Event Caches at Level 2 can only occur whilst the government guidelines allow social gatherings of 100 people (or more) . This means events (excluding Megas) can take place.
If at any point the government lowers the social gathering numbers below 100, then events (even those published) must not go ahead during this time, as under event rules COs cannot limit the number of attendees. Based on the average attendees of events in New Zealand we are not expecting any event to reach 100 attendees. We have been told by HQ to have a single rule for events (covering events, CITOs and community celebrations) and based on the government rules this 100 social gathering applies to events held outside as well as indoors. No exceptions.
Planning an event?
If you are looking at hosting an event, we are recommending people consider the following and where possible include the following in the descriptions and or reviewer note;
If you are looking at attending an event, we are recommending people consider the following ;
NO restrictions on geocaching but;
Also recommend you;
In the meantime, no matter the alert level; 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 feel free to message 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."
NZTA and local road structures
NZTA and local authorities require all users to ensure the safety of others. Geocachers (hiders and finders) have a responsibility to protect ourselves and other road users. We can do this by;
Remember if co-ordinates are a bit out due to coverage/proximity to buildings or the hints are not explicit - would someone search in wrong area and cause damage to anyone above or below.