What's the Plan, Stan?

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Welcome to What's the Plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency. This field trip is supported by EQC and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. The field trip is from 11-13 October 2016. Enrol now.


New Zealand is on the "Pacific Ring of Fire". In our lifetime each of us is likely to experience a major emergency. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an emergency strikes so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do.

You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake, but as a citizen of New Zealand, there are other emergencies we need to be prepared for - such as volcanic eruptions, tsunami, landslips, and geothermal activity.

During this virtual field trip, you will explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency.

Introduction to What's the Plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency. from LEARNZ on Vimeo.


On this trip you will be in Auckland. You may be surprised to learn that Auckland city is unique as it sits on a volcanic field so a volcanic eruption could happen. Also Auckland is built on an isthmus, with a harbour on each side, so its tsunami risk is real. Although Auckland does not sit directly over a fault like some other cities, it is still at risk from earthquakes. Lastly, you may also be surprised to learn that landslips generally cost New Zealand more than earthquakes as they are common; Auckland experiences landslips too.

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (652k) | PDF (311k) | Google Doc.
Monday 10 October

Travel Day:

  • Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to Auckland to begin the field trip. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features of the trip.
  • Read the diary about today's journey from Kerikeri to Auckland.
  • Check out the ambassador updates.

Tuesday 11 October

Wednesday 12 October
Thursday 13 October

What's New

Monday 14 November

Newsletter #5 has been sent to all enrolled classes.

Friday 30 September

The new look What’s the Plan Stan? resource is here! This well-known guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms will now be online from October 10, at www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz. Take a look at the content here in this PDF