Hawkes Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Teachers Resource

  Action Reaction is an online resource designed to support teachers in developing a unit of work about natural hazards in New Zealand, especially within Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne in accordance with the New Zealand curriculum guidelines.
It looks at earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms & floods and tsunami.

The students section is aimed at Level 2-4 (Years 4-8) and can be incorporated as a learning experience in the classroom or informally at home.

It includes three parts, namely a booklet with class activities and teacher notes, a poster and film.  

A brand new resource "Shake It" An Earthquake Process Drama was introduced by Amy Edwards B.Ed. GradDipTL in 2011. 

There are also
other resources with links recommended, along with suggested class outings.

There is further hazard information available on this website under ‘Hazards in HB’.

Please note: The quicktime videos require Quicktime 7 or higher.
If you do not have Quicktime 7 or higher it is available as a free download at www.apple.com/quicktime/download.

Other Resources

We highly recommend teachers visit www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz. This is a comprehensive resource for teaching Civil Defence Emergency Management in schools.  It contains links and information on other available resources including websites that can support teachers in further developing this unit of work. 
Your school should also have a hard copy of this resource which was sent to all New Zealand schools in April 2006. We have also released a version for the Hawke's Bay region which can be downloaded here. Otherwise contact the Ministry of Civil Defence on Phone (04) 473 7363, Fax (04) 473 7369 or email emergency.management@dia.govt.nz.               

'Turtle Safe DVD' is an earthquake safety resource for preschool children that illustrates the right actions to take when an earthquake happens.  It is a joint project from the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Auckland Council. It was sent to over 6000 early childcare centres and playgroups throughout the country in June 2011 and is available online at www.getthru.govt.nz

Children have a range of reactions and questions to information about disasters and hazards depending on their experience of events and their dispositions.  The Ministry of Education has useful advice for caregivers. 

When the Siren Goes is a Radio New Zealand on-line six-part documentary series exploring a range of themes about disaster awareness through an examination of the different natural disasters which have occurred in New Zealand’s history: earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, snowstorms, and floods.

Flooding is New Zealand's most frequent natural disaster. This curriculum aligned resource contains Social Science and Health & Safety-based activities, and is brought to you by Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups in New Zealand; released June 2013.



The Firewise website has some great games and competitions – students can win a ride to school in a fire engine!  The FireWise education resources also includes a lesson plan, certificates, and other giveaways.

Te Papa's Online Teachers Resource is designed to assist you develop a unit of work about some of New Zealand's natural hazards and how to prepare for them.

GNS Science have some exciting class room projects you can use on Quaketrackers.

Get students to become Disaster Action Kids at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the USA.


Suggested Class Outings

The National Aquarium Interactive Tsunami Display is currently being reviewed, and so is in storage.  
For information contact the National Aquarium on (06) 834 1404, email info@nationalaquarium.co.nz, or check out their website http://www.nationalaquarium.co.nz
The Hawke’s Bay Museum 1931 Earthquake Display recognises New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster.  

For more information check out the Museum website www.mtghawkesbay.com  under 'MTG Education' to learn about their education programmes or contact the Hawke's Bay Museum, 1 Tennyson Street, PO Box 248, Napier, 4110, New Zealand. Phone (06) 835 7781 Email info@mtghawkesbay.com


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