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Get Ready: Christchurch

The LEARNZ What's the Plan, Stan? 2 virtual field trip begins with Prepare Students which gets your class ready for the field trip. Teachers, look for your section on the left-hand menu of this site called Teacher Support.

This field trip experience about Christchurch hazard response is the second in a series of 4.

Introduction to What's the Plan, Stan? from LEARNZ on Vimeo.


On this trip during "Get Ready" week you will be in Christchurch. Christchurch experienced destructive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and is undergoing a huge rebuild. The city has a harbour and is beside the coast, so its tsunami risk is also real.

You may also be surprised to learn that landslides generally cost New Zealand more than earthquakes; areas like the Port Hills around Christchurch and the foothills of the Southern Alps experience landslides too.

Lastly, Christchurch has floods and storms like everywhere else in New Zealand. Indeed, Christchurch's flood risk is high because it is built on a swamp; moreover, the earthquakes altered the elevation of land which has made parts of the city even more flood-prone. Christchurch is part of Canterbury where rivers on its alluvial plains can rise rapidly and carry huge volumes of water that can break their banks and inundate farms and houses.

On this field trip, you will learn more about the risks and impacts of an emergency where you live and what you can do to prepare yourself. 

Field Trip Plan - October 2017

Monday 16 October

Travel Day:

  • Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to Christchurch 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 Christchurch.
  • Check out the ambassador updates.

Tuesday 17 October

Natural hazards (never happens, happens):

Wednesday 18 October

School procedures and household emergency plans:

Thursday 19 October

Staying safe and staying informed:

All components in the table below are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.


Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all enrolled classes.

Web conferences

Students put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Web conferences can also be listened to live via LEARNZ on Adobe Connect or from a recording linked to in Web conferences. The LEARNZ on Adobe Connect meeting room runs concurrently with each 20-minute formal web conference and will be kept open for a further 20 minutes to allow schools to post further questions informally to be answered live.


Andrew the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images and panoramas for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.
  • Also: Follow @andrewpenny01 #learnztrip on Twitter to join in the discussion and get updates, comments and photos straight from the field. Go to Support - Twitter for more information.