Action Reaction Resource

Action Reaction is aimed at Level 2-4 (Years 4-8) students and includes a booklet with class activities and teacher notes, a poster and videos: 

Quicktime versions:

Windows Media Video versions (right-click and choose 'save target as' to save):

These resources can be supplemented with further hazard information available on this website under ‘Hazards’.

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

'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  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.

Shake It Drama with supplement for Early Childhood Centres Please contact Amy if you have any questions about the resource or would like to contract Amy to run a workshop at your school to explain how to use this resource with your students, please contact her on 027 259 7702 or amiicakes@yahoo.com.


firewiseThe 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.

tepapa 150wTe 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.

quake 150wGNS Science have some exciting lesson plans on volcanoes link to.

Suggested Class Outings

193120westshore20embankment20roadThe 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

Visit 'The LAB' at the National Aquarium of New Zealand and discover more about earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions.  Find out where the latest earthquakes have occurred, watch a tsunami wave demonstration, learn about scientists’ latest discoveries, and students can become scientists themselves. Bring your class to the LAB and uncover which lies beneath the ocean. The LAB is open 7 days a week from 8.30am-5.00pm.  Contact the National Aquarium to make a booking