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Education partnerships

Natural Hazards Commission Toka Tū Ake partners with both central and local education partners to extend the reach of our hazard awareness and preparedness messages into New Zealand communities.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

NEMA (also known as New Zealand Civil Defence) is the Government lead for emergency management. They help build a safe and resilient Aotearoa New Zealand by empowering communities before, during and after emergencies. With a shared goal to make New Zealand and its communities more resilient to natural hazard, NEMA is a key NHC Toka Tū Ake partner.

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New Zealand ShakeOut

NHC Toka Tū Ake has been proud co-sponsors of New Zealand ShakeOut alongside NEMA. As our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, New Zealand ShakeOut has helped individuals, schools, businesses and communities become better prepared.

New Zealand's first ShakeOut campaign was held in 2012 and again three years later in 2015, with over a million people taking part in each drill.Today it is an annual event, taking place in October. 2022 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the event.

Visit the ShakeOut website.(external link)


What’s The Plan, Stan?

First produced in 2007, What’s the Plan Stan? is an Toka Tū Ake EQC/Civil Defence collaboration that provides a curriculum-focused resource designed to improve preparedness for disasters. ‘Stan’ in the name of the initiative’s official canine mascot.

The What’s The Plan, Stan website(external link) has comprehensive information on suggested learning experiences, resources and examples – all focused on natural hazards.

What’s The Plan, Stan game

The What’s The Plan Stan game was developed with Geo AR games in partnership with Toka Tū Ake EQC, Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) and NEMA to support schools, teachers, parents and students in developing knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events.

The game teaches kids what needs to go into an emergency kit, how to fix and fasten items in the home, what the main safety messages are for different hazard events, and more.

Play the desktop version of the What’s The Plan Stan? game(external link)


AF8 Community Roadshow

Through their AF8 Roadshow, the programme provides South Island communities, in areas most likely to be affected by an AF8 earthquake, with direct access to Alpine Fault science and hazard impact information relevant to them and their region.

NHC Toka Tū Ake is proud to fund the 2021 AF8 Roadshow which is visiting 16 communities and 16 schools across Te Waipounami / the South Island in early 2021.

What’s On Our Plates

Developed in collaboration with East Coast LAB, What’s On Our Plates is a series of online resources designed to encourage Kiwis to delve into the fascinating world of earth science and grow their knowledge of natural hazards in Aotearoa New Zealand. The What’s On Our Plates modules are aligned to Level 4-6 Achievement Objectives from the Science Learning Area of the New Zealand Curriculum and are accompanied by a Teacher Guide to support their use in the classroom.

View the What’s On Our Plates modules.(external link)

East Coast LAB Community Roadshow

To help inform the public about this significant hazard, NHC Toka Tū Ake sponsors East Coast LAB’s community outreach efforts. Recently this included a roadshow, which visited visit 10 schools and conducted 10 community talks from Tairāwhiti Gisborne down to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

East Coast LAB also offers a public education programme and has an interactive space at the National Aquarium.