New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place 9:30 am 18 October 2018. 

Sign up your family or whole school at

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when they will happen, but we can protect ourselves and those we care about.

This year all early childhood centres, schools, and tertiary organisations are being encouraged to sign up, hold a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hīkoi if you are in a tsunami zone.

Families, individuals, businesses and other organisations can take part too.

More information, resources and sign up is at

New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge 2018

Win prizes for your students and school

As part of New Zealand ShakeOut this year, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Earthquake Commission is launching the New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge 2018. 

The Challenge runs from 18 to 31 October 2018, to encourage primary schools across the country to help their communities prepare for an emergency.

When you register for the Challenge, you'll receive a promotion pack with Challenge resources for your students to take home and complete with their whānau.

Register for the challenge

Related content

The Hub is inundated with natural hazards resources, check out introductory articles on: Earthquakes, On shaky ground (primary), Volcanoes and Tsunamis to see just some of our many resources. 

We also have under our PLD Planning section both an earthquake and a volcano planning pathway. These each comprise of an article and interactive that provide pedagogical advice and organises Hub resources into key science concepts and topics.

Alternatively see our earthquakes, volcanoes or tsunami topics. 

Have you joined the LEARNZ PLD event What's the plan, Stan?

Activity ideas

For disaster response activities, check out: Who's on your team? and Home disaster kit.


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