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  1. Contact the cache owner and ask that the cache be transferred to you. Also put a note on the log to this effect. The note should be of the 'needs archiving' type so the reviewers are aware, if the cache is in disrepair. They will post a 'fix or archive' If the cache owner does not respond in a timely fashion, the reviewer will archive the cache. If you politely ask the reviewer, they may consider a transfer of ownership. They may not also, if the cache owner is still around. In this case, ask the reviewer when the cache will be archived and have a new cache ready to go, pre-approved, that the reviewer can publish on the same day as they archive the old one.


    I have had success with the reviewers in exactly these circumstances: A) Adopted ownership of old (historic?) caches where owner gone overseas and not contactable, via the reviewers; B) adopted directly off the owner - again because they went overseas; C) as well as having a cache approved and published the day the 'old' cache was archived by the reviewer due to non response by the original cache's owner.


    Work with the reviewers. And good on you for wanting to keep 'great' caches going. Another point about replacing the cache with one of your own is that you can add your own twist to it and cachers who have previously found the old cache can log the new one as a legitimate find. Everyone is happy then.



    Kevin aka GenCuster


  2. If you need a little help to solve a multi cache, is there anywhere to go to get help. or is it unthinkable to ask for help?


    Hi. I would ask for help. The cache owners are (usually) pretty helpful, or another cacher that has done the cache.


    There are also two Geocaching organisations in NZ - Kiwicaching and the GPS Society. While they are different, both are invaluable sources of information and contacts.


    GenCuster :)

  3. Moderator Note: Not currently active




    The Kiwicaching Association of New Zealand Incorporated (aka Kiwicaching) has evolved out of the demand by Cachers in New Zealand for a community based support structure.


    Its purposes are to:

    * Promote Geocaching within New Zealand.

    * Provide a support network for New Zealand Resident, Expatriate and other Geocachers who are Members.

    * Establish good caching practises and guidelines in conjunction with Members, land owners, environmental, historical and other relevant bodies, for both Members and non-members.

    * Do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes.


    Membership is open to any member of Geocaching.com who has an active profile and who is a New Zealand Resident or Expatriate or has demonstrable links to geocaching in New Zealand.


    Financial members have access to avatars, on-line chat, private forums, picture galleries, direct links to other Kiwicachers, the ability to add Web-links and submit Articles. New features are added as membership grows. Many articles, links and forums are also available to non-financial members and the public.


    Kiwicaching promotes excellence in Geocaching and provides a family friendly atmosphere. A code of ethics reinforces these goals:

    * Take Nothing but Photos, Leave Nothing but Footprints.

    * Practise CITO whenever possible.

    * Do not criticise other Cachers online, in emails, in cache notes or in person. This includes forums run by other organisations.

    * Constructive criticism re caches should be made in the form of a polite suggestion.

    * Cache ‘swaps’ are to be fair and no swap is to be made if the finder does not consider they can make a ‘fair’ swap.

    * Nothing is to be placed in a cache that is not a ‘swappable’ or a ‘travelling’ (such as Travel Bugs and Coins) item.


    For further information please contact the Chairperson, Secretary or the Treasurer.

  4. Hello everyone!


    We're currently constructing diabolical plans to place our first cache, and have been wondering whether anyone here might be able to help us.


    Does anyone know where we can find (in NZ) those nifty camouflage bags and sachets of silica desiccant you see around in some caches? We've been keeping our eyes open, but haven't managed to find where we could get them from.




    Hi Mr Tomato.


    Welcome to Geocaching in New Zealand.


    There are two support organisations in NZ and most of the local knowledge is imparted there...


    Kiwicaching - www.kiwicaching.org and

    NZ Recreational GPS Society - http://www.gps.org.nz/ or direct to the forums at http://forums.gps.org.nz/


    In general though, you will find that several well known cachers make their own camo bags. The silica gel bags come from shoe boxes, computer equipment and the like. Nothing like recycling :o





    Kiwicaching Association of New Zealand Inc.

  5. New Zealand now has an Association run by Kiwicachers for Kiwicachers. :D


    Please visit the Kiwicaching Association of New Zealand Incorporated.


    The Association was incorporated on 01 February 2007 and membership is open to all New Zealand Residents and Expatriates.


    Guests are always welcome.


    Kiwicaching has replaced its website. Please update your bookmarks and come on over and visit. ;)


    Kiwicaching Association of New Zealand Incorporated.


    Membership is open to all Geocachers who are New Zealand Residents, Expatriates or have a proven interest in Caching in New Zealand... www.kiwicaching.org


    Guests are always welcome. :o

  6. But small bug: when I look to "my account" now all "will attend" logs for events are listed on the top ... well, quite good to keep in your memory you want to attend an event. But I have listed there "will attend" log for a CITO event which already has passed !!!

    Same problem. It also shows the date you made the log, rather than the date that the event shall be held. The latter I think is more important.


    Wonder if this is because the event has not been archived? Just a thought as in my query that I run of events, I pick up 'old' events that have not been archived.

  7. The google maps link off each of the caches in 'hybrid' form are also very useful as they show the cache location, as is the online version of TUMONZ - The Ulitimate Map Of New Zealand, but this does not link directly to geocaches.


    Happy Hunting. :ph34r:

  8. Hogwild has posted the coin artwork on Hogwild homepage. Thanks to everyone for the input. Can't wiat to see it.


    What is their website please? Not the obvious, obviously... :blink:

  9. When was this, because I was watching a set that I wanted to bid on yesterday, but it went way out of my price range. It sold for $28.03 + $3.00 shipping.


    I'd been looking for one of these (original stash coins) for ages through eBay. Did manage to get one though by simply asking sellers if they had any. :lol: I thought I'd end up paying $50+ so was quite surprised to see that same auction go for 'only' $28.


    As far as the true price goes, I think the eBay prices don't reflect reality. For example, the geocaching 'pills' are being split and each coin is being sold for well over their total original selling price. The never STOP geocaching coins are being bought as a pair, and sold individually - yes, I got caught, by another Cacher no less! New coins are being sold at way over market prices and I must admit I got caught a second time on another coin that is currently available - so I passed this (belated) info onto the person who was bidding against me.


    Ah well, caveat emptor. And we all live and learn. But it always pays to check in these forums and caching / coin 'stores' first before getting excited over eBay. :)

  10. Additional Logging Requirement - something above and beyond "find the cache and sign the logbook"


    Thanks - Duh! Obvious now :D I shall add it to the list of acronyms we have to tease people with at events....


    Perhaps (to get back to my original point) we could just ban Nanos?

  11. My suspicion is that codeword caches aren't allowed for the following reason:


    Originally the rules for finding a cache were:

    1. Sign the log
    2. Take something
    3. Leave something

    There was no online log to enter. Many now view the online log as the most important part of finding a cache, rather than just some added feature that the Geocaching.com site gives so that you can keep track of the caches you have found and cache owners and others can read about your caching adventure without having to go out and find the cache to read what you wrote in the logbook. The find count is given far too much importance. It has led to cache owners awarding bonus finds - for example allowing events to be attended multiple times for each temporary event cache you found - or having an additional logging requirement in order to claim a find.


    If TPTB created a new cache type for codeword caches, that would put them in the position of accepting that the find count matters. I don't think this is something you will see happening. If you want to have a cache of this type you can always list it on one of the other cache listing sites that allows them.


    Oops - read this log after replying to previous logs. Yes, I think you make sense. I am surprised though that temporary caches for events can be logged. Events that we have organised / attended have had 'paper' caches only. Find for fun, not a log. Local reviewers will not let a cache be created temporarily for an event. I have also noted some cachers who 'find' their own caches multiple times - should be a 'maintenance' log or similar - but (I have checked) it still only counts as 1 'find' of that cache. So does logging an event multiple times increase the 'find' count? Or am I misinterpreting?


    Funny you should say The find count is given far too much importance. We have been discussing that point (and forum post counts) lately... I am of the opinion it is the quality of the find / post, not the quantity, that is important. :D


    For everone's information also, most New Zealand cachers use forums within the country, not these.


    But - it is still why people play this 'game'. To find caches is (or should be) the purpose / vehicle for getting people out and about, using their GPS, finding new places and exercising their brains (and body if it's not a drive-by cache...) They log the find, ergo a 'find' is important. So, the find count does matter - to cachers and TPTB. If no finds were logged - online - there would be no 'game'.


    And as more people play the 'game', more ideas are expanded upon and turned into reality. I did not invent Nanos and they are here to stay. Just as the large bucket has pretty much gone... So the game has evolved and as problems / suggestions arise, they should be dealt with. Preferably within Groundspeak.

  12. Aside from the above comment, many of us ignore ALR's anyway.



    American Law Reports?

    Australian Law Reports?

    Automated Lip Readers?

    Associated Lighting Representatives?

    American Legion Riders?


    (With no offence intended or implied to anyone...)


    Sorry - have to expand that one for me please :D

  13. My objection to this idea is that starts out with the presumption that everyone is a cheat. Why should I have to go to the trouble of writing down some codeword, then hope I'll be able to read my handwriting when it's time to log the caches, just because of the owner's paranoia that someone may get a smilie face icon that they didn't deserve?


    No thanks.


    Touchy touchy... This is just a suggestion - with a solution to an obvious problem - those of the 'virtual' cheats - because, as we all know 'real' cachers never cheat do they... Hands up every one in the forums who has never assisted someone else (or asked for help) to find a cache... It's all a matter of definition :D


    I also suspect that most cache owners simply don't care who logs their caches. The number of cache owners who go out and check written logs against internet logs would be far far away in the minority... eg: Most cache owners assume most cache finders are not cheats. Part of the joy / fun of placing caches is reading the internet logs. This is an internet based game after all, and it is obvious that the physical signing of logs has diminished in importance.. ie: Micros & Nanos (or even magnetic sheets with a small log on the back - clever huh?!) with room for initials & date only. The real logs are often expanded upon online, using Creative Writing, while the written log (even for large notebooks) is more commonly a brief note.


    The method of emailing an answer (or just a 'log with permission' request) is just one more step in this progression - large logs become smaller logs become online logs only. :lol:

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