No formal training today, but some walking (not as much as the Tongariro Crossing day), going out to Rangitoto Island with Jenny, Bruce and John. Somewhat chaotic getting there (first they told us that the 10.30 ferry was full and we'd have to wait until 12.15, then a couple of minutes later they announced they were bringing in a backup vessel), but nice once there.
It's the youngest volcano of the Auckland region, coming into existence about 600 years ago (no doubt much to the surprise of the then recently-settled Maori) and has only really become vegetated in the last 150 years, although there are still scattered areas of bare lava fields. I've been here before, on the 2005 trip, but was a bit limited in what I could do on that occasion with only one functional arm.
I gather a certain amount of work has been done in the emergency-management field as to what to do if a new volcano appears somewhere in the Auckland region (an entirely plausible scenario on geological timescales, if somewhat less probable in our lifetimes). I presume somewhat less planning has been done on a re-run of the 2nd/3rd century Lake Taupo eruption, as the only strategy which has any reasonable chance of success in that scenario is not to be in New Zealand (or at best to be in the south end of the South Island).
I've been doing a bit of work in idle times while here in gathering files for completing the OA results archive (and trying to track down results which have disappeared down dead weblinks - if any of the WA crowd know where the 2006 national carnival results are hiding, I'd be interested to know about it, although the sprint is on Winsplits and I already have the long and the schools, so the relays and the WA Champs are the only ones completely missing from my perspective). Some of the searches done during this process have taken me to the list of Australian orienteers who have Wikipedia pages. I get the impression a certain amount of piss-taking was involved in the creation of Grant's