NR28 - Onepoto Observer - email repeats

posted Dec 29, 2017, 3:13 PM by Chris Smith   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 4:36 PM ]


Sorry for the repeated messages coming from the news letter send.
I have aske the help desk in the UK to investigate.

Regards Chris

NR28 officially launching!

posted Nov 2, 2017, 1:01 AM by Chris Smith

Hello all,

After much negotiating, adjusting, revising and reconsidering plus significant volumes of coffee and chocolate, I would like to formally announce that the final budget for NR28 has been approved.  In other words, We Will Have A Regatta!

There are many thanks to go out at this point.

First off, to Josh Tabor, Sarah Turnbull, and Nicola Seta for the support, feedback and encouragement over the past many months.

Next, to the Regatta Organising Committee.  Many's the fine night spent around the dining room table thrashing out detail to get us to this milestone.

Next, to the key operational staff; the boots on the ground, the hands at the coal face.  You'll keep us fed, watered, patched up and ready to tackle every day.

Finally, you.  The groups, leaders and youth who see the value every day in this Movement, here and across the world.  Without you we will not have a Regatta (though the coffee and chocolate are non-negotiable).  

Version 1.0 of the Participants' Camp Handbook has been released and is available for download from the website:

In it we've covered pretty near every aspect of camp life - please read it carefully so that we are all starting with the same shared knowledge.  Feel free to distribute it to your attending leaders and youth members as well.

This email has gone out to a list comprising group leaders, contingent leaders and various other contacts.  If you are no longer attending or are not involved, please let me know so I can update the list.

Many thanks,

Youth fee set

posted Jun 15, 2017, 9:18 PM by National Regatta 28

On behalf of the Regatta Organising Committee I am pleased to announce that the youth fee for National Regatta 28 is set at NZD$510.00

As the initial batches of registrations are beginning to flow in, we will be communicating with groups on a more frequent basis about what they can expect on site and during the Regatta itself.

We have been given clearance by the executive leadership team to use OSM to manage full registrations for Regatta.  We believe there are several strong advantages to using OSM for this:
  • Critical member information is (or should be) already in the system, no need for repeated entry;
  • Easy communication to members;
  • Youth member details can be updated by parents online and we see those changes in real time.

Using OSM for an event of this scale is new ground for us as an organisation, so we'll be developing processes to ensure it is effective and efficient.

Many thanks for your support and assistance.

Seamanship doc posted, Competition doc updated

posted Jun 9, 2017, 2:16 AM by National Regatta 28   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 4:52 PM by Chris Smith ]

The marking sheets for the Seamanship Practical Marking Scheme have been posted to the Key Documents page on this site.  It lays out in great detail the three major marking sections, and each task within the section.  It will be very useful to your group as a training aid.  Please download the document and get familiar with the tasks.

The Competition document has been updated to refer to the Seamanship Practical Marking Scheme.

Competition programme posted

posted May 22, 2017, 10:11 PM by National Regatta 28   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 4:52 PM by Chris Smith ]

The Competition programme for NR28 has been posted in the Key Documents section of this site. 

It largely follows the template from NR27 with localisations.

Costs update

posted May 17, 2017, 5:15 PM by National Regatta 28   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 4:53 PM by Chris Smith ]

Estimating costs and building a solid budget is one of the more difficult aspects of planning a Regatta. 

There are simply a large number of unknowns, plus some items which are new.  Each location has its specific conditions and requirements to be managed. 

The introduction of new health & safety legislation has put more focus on identifying and mitigating hazards. 

Recent large-scale events like earthquakes have brought insurance issues forward, with its own set of potential costs.

All of this is to say that reaching a final budget figure is a bit of a moving target.  Our committee have built what we believe to be a fair and reasonable budget, and this is in the process of going to NEC for approval.  Until approved at that level, we cannot say exactly what the final youth cost figure will be.  It will, however, be over $500.

An initial registration spreadsheet was posted earlier today for contingents to complete and return back to us by 30 June.  In it, we are requesting a $100 deposit fee.  This is a 'standard' deposit for most major events.

As part of the budgeting, we have decided to reduce the adult leader fee down to $100 from $125.  You, along with us, are already giving generously of your time and energy to the youth and your groups; to charge you for the privilege seems rather harsh.  We would like to have gone to $0 for adult leaders but felt it would have been quite a shock to the budget and possibly affected attendance to a great degree.  Perhaps in time we can get there...

Local accommodation in Wellington and area

posted May 17, 2017, 4:51 PM by National Regatta 28   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 4:54 PM by Chris Smith ]

We've had several requests for local accommodation options in Porirua, Wellington and area.
A brief document has been put together listing some of the various options for camping, home accommodation (AirBnB, BookABach, that sort of thing).

Initial Registrations open

posted May 17, 2017, 4:46 PM by National Regatta 28   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 4:54 PM by Chris Smith ]

Hello all,
We have just posted a registration spreadsheet in the Key Documents section.  Please download the document and complete the information requested in the Group and Participants pages.
The initial registrations are open from today to 30 June 2017.
The initial deposit request is $100 per person (adult and youth) and account details are in the spreadsheet.

Notice of Regatta

posted Jun 1, 2016, 12:51 AM by Chris Smith   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 3:50 AM by National Regatta 28 ]

The Organising Committee of the 28th National Scout Regatta are pleased to present this Notice of Regatta.

The Regatta will take place between 29 December 2017 and 06 January 2018.

The Regatta will be held at Onepoto Bay, Porirua.  The camp will be located on the grounds of the Titahi Bay Intermediate School, and will be centrally-catered.  Please see the NR28 Site Map in the Key Documents section.

Costs to attend the Regatta are currently expected to be:
  • $450 for Youth members 
  • $125 for Adult leaders
  • $0 for Adult Regatta staff
The Youth member age brackets for competition purposes are described as follows:

Age Bracket

Age Range in years


10 ½ to 13

birthday between 25 December 2004 and 25 June 2007 inclusive


13 to 15 ½

birthday between 25 June 2002 and 24 December 2004 inclusive


15 ½ to 18 ½

birthday between 25 June 2002 and 24 June 1999 or end of Year 13 (requires valid 2017 Yr13 school ID) whichever is later

birthday on or before  24 June 2002

A Competition Programme document describing the events, expectations, scoring and other aspects of the Regatta itself is expected to be available by Labour Weekend 2016.

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