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Get Ready: Wellington

The LEARNZ What's the Plan, Stan? 3 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 Wellington hazard response is the third in a series of 4.

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

On this trip during the week of New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, you will be in Wellington. Our capital city sits right on a major earthquake fault line. Parts of the Wellington area also have a history of flooding and landslides. Strong winds batter the whole province at times and places near the coast are prone to tsunami. Wellington is arguably the most at-risk city in New Zealand for emergencies but historically a lot has been done to help it to be prepared. On this field trip you will also 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 2018

Monday 15 October

Travel Day: Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to Wellington to begin the field trip. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features along the way.

Tuesday 16 October

How communities can respond to emergencies:

Wednesday 17 October

How individuals and families can respond to emergencies:

Thursday 18 October


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 be listened to and watched live via LEARNZ Zoom Room or from a recording linked to in Web conferences. The LEARNZ Zoom 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.
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