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Term 4 starting 13 October 2020.

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Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. We all need to know what to do when an emergency happens, and how we can take steps to prepare. First, we need to learn about New Zealand's natural hazards that cause emergencies: floods, severe weather, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity, and landslides. Then we need to understand the impacts of an emergency caused by these hazards: no water, no power, no phone or internet, stuck at home, can't get home, have to evacuate.

On this virtual fieldtrip to the Bay of Plenty find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards, learn what you and your school need to do during an emergency, understand the impacts of a natural hazard emergency, and prepare for these impacts to get through an emergency. Enrol now.

This field trip takes place during ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. Sign up for ShakeOut at

What's the Plan, Stan? is a free resource to support schools, teachers and students to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events.

Key dates:

  • 13-15 October 2020 - LEARNZ What's the Plan, Stan? Virtual Fieldtrip (Week 1 Term 4 2020)
  • 15 October 2020, 9:30am New Zealand ShakeOut 2020, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi

In preparation for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • What's the Plan, Stan? resources for schools
  • New Zealand's natural hazards and the hazards where you live
  • New Zealand's history of emergencies and why we should learn about them
  • the main impacts of an emergency and how to prepare for each impact
  • the correct action to take in an earthquake and tsunami
  • how to prepare your family and your household for an emergency
  • how to help people who have a disability or special requirement during an emergency
  • EQC Earthquake Commission – how to make your home safe for emergencies
  • NEMA | Te Rākau Whakamarumaru National Emergency Management Agency – emergency management in New Zealand.

During the field trip you will:

  • learn about Bay of Plenty's history of natural hazard emergencies
  • learn how Bay of Plenty may be affected by different natural hazard emergencies in the future (including tsunami evacuation information)
  • visit the Get Ready website to find out what to do before, during and after an emergency
  • visit the Bay of Plenty Emergency Management website
  • create or update an emergency plan for your family and your home, including what supplies you need and how you can plan for different impacts
  • follow the fieldtrip on social media and online - see Andrew's tweets on twitter, follow the hashtag #learnztrips on Instagram, visit the LEARNZ field trip website.

After the field trip:

  • create or update an emergency plan for your home, including the emergency supplies you have – check this regularly
  • make your home safe for an emergency by securing furniture and other items around your home
  • share with your friends one action you have taken to prepare for an emergency and encourage them to prepare too
  • ask one other person in your extended family or an elderly person you know if they have taken any steps to prepare for an emergency – if not, help them with a preparedness action
  • stay informed about emergencies in your area by liking your local council and CDEM group on Facebook. For national warnings and information, like NZ Civil Defence on Facebook and follow NZ Civil Defence on Twitter.

Teacher comments

"It was like second nature to this term's inquiry and fitted like a glove. It was levelled and delivered in an excellent way, and the content was perfect for my Year 8 class". Heather Williams from Papamoa College.

"Direct connection to what we were studying in our syndicate, all resources in one place, real people and real context helped engage the children in the learning. All resources are New Zealand appropriate and very suitable for my Year 5&6 class. I felt very supported with instant responses to the emails I sent". Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston.

"All of my students, including Maori Pasifika and ESOL, have good understanding as a result of the LEARNZ What's the plan, Stan field trip. It was helpful having experts answer inquiry questions my students had, and videos helped certain students gain a deeper understanding". Mary Herlihy from Royal Road School.

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Where you will go

In our lifetime each of us is likely to experience an emergency caused by a natural hazard. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an emergency happens, so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do.

On this trip you will be in the Bay of Plenty, which is a very geologically active part of Aotearoa, with active fault lines that cause earthquakes, tsunami risk and volcanic activity. Our island nation sits across the boundary of two of the world's great tectonic plates, so everywhere in New Zealand can be affected by earthquakes. On this field trip you will learn the correct action to take in an earthquake and tsunami as part of New Zealand ShakeOut 2020.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 1-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 1-5; Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 1-3; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-5, Place and Environment Levels 1-5, Continuity and Change Levels 1-5

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

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  • ESOL

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  • What's in a Field Trip

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View some of over 1,000 teacher comments in testimonials. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Meet Andrew, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Bay of Plenty, community involvement, disasters, earthquakes, emergency management, extreme natural events, future focus, government, hazards, infrastructure, landslides, leadership, management, Māori, perspectives, planning for earthquakes, publicity, risk management, tsunami, values, viewpoints