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ShakeOut Competitions

All competitions run from 18 October – 31 October 2018, please submit you entry between these dates to be eligible to be in the draw to win.

New Zealand ShakeOut 2018 Schools Challenge

The New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge is brought to you by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Earthquake Commission.

The Challenge runs from 18 October – 31 October 2018, to encourage primary and intermediate schools across the country to help their communities prepare for an emergency. The Challenge dates coincide with New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi which is at 9:30am on 18 October 2018.

We know that when kids are involved in preparing for and learning about natural hazards, they play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies. New Zealand ShakeOut is a great opportunity for schools to teach preparedness using What’s the Plan, Stan?, our free online emergency preparedness teaching resource.

There are so many ways to help and support students to be involved in planning for an emergency, in and out of the classroom. The New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge empowers students to be the teachers, and show their community how to be prepared.

When you register your school for the New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge you’ll receive a resource for each student to take home and work through with their whānau. They’ll be required to carry out eight challenges:

  1. Show and practise with someone how to drop, cover and hold - inside and outside.
  2. Check your tsunami zone and plan where to go.
  3. Store water for three days or more.
  4. Find out which hazards could affect your whānau.
  5. Work out what to pack in a getaway bag for your whānau.
  6. Make a plan that includes who will pick you up if your parents or caregivers can’t get to school.
  7. Make a list of who can help you and who might need your help.
  8. Fix and fasten at least one thing that could shake in a quake.

Each school that enters the Challenge will receive a Challenge pack, with posters, instructions and items to give to students who complete the challenges. At the end of October, you will be asked to complete a survey to report how many students completed the Challenge. When you send in your completed survey, your school will go in the draw to win a $500 Prezzy Card.

How to enter

  1. Make sure you’ve signed up to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi.
  2. Opt in to the New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge before 18 September. Provide details of how many students are taking part in the Challenge and where to send your Challenge pack.
  3. Keep an eye on your post box for your Challenge pack near the end of Term 3.
  4. Fill in the post-challenge survey (we’ll send you a link in November) to confirm how many students completed the Challenge and be in to win a $500 Prezzy Card.

There are lots of resources and lesson plans to teach students about emergency preparedness and hazards at the What's the Plan, Stan? website. By entering this competition, you agree to the terms and conditions.

Colouring competition for early childhood centres

Get colourful with the New Zealand ShakeOut 2018 colouring competition for early childhood centres.

Children of all ages need to know the right action to take in an earthquake and a tsunami. Our colouring competition shows them how, with Drop, Cover and Hold and Long or Strong, Get Gone messages.

We’ve got lots of great prizes too! Each region will go in the draw to win a prize pack with books, stickers, pens and more. A list of regions can be found on the Civil Defence website.

One lucky early childhood centre will also be chosen at random for the grand prize – a $500 Prezzy Card for your centre.

How to enter:

  • Sign up your centre for New Zealand ShakeOut.
  • Download and print the colouring pages.
  • Have your students colour in the page of their choice.
  • Email us at by 31 October 2018. Please include:
    • Three chosen coloured pages to represent your centre.
    • Subject line: "Colouring competition", and your region.
    • Your name.
    • Your centre's physical address (so we can send your prize if you win).

By entering this competition, you agree to the terms and conditions.

New Zealand ShakeOut short video competition for secondary schools

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 people we care about.

As part of New Zealand ShakeOut, secondary school students are invited to enter the New Zealand ShakeOut Short Video Competition. by creating a short video that demonstrates preparedness, or educates others on the science of earthquakes and tsunami.

Each entry goes in the draw to win one of three $500 Prezzy Cards for your school (one from the north, central and southern region, you can find which region you are in here).

You can submit your entry any time between 18 October and 31 October 2018.

You can also find lots of resources and lesson plans for teaching emergency preparedness at

Who can enter:

  • This competition is open to any high school student signed up to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut 2018. Sign up now.
  • Entries may be produced by a class, group of students, individual or whole school (the prizes are awarded to the school).

How to enter:

  • Create a short 30-60 second video about one (or a combination) of the following themes:
    • What to do before, during and after an earthquake and/or or tsunami.
    • Emergency preparedness e.g. what supplies you need, how to stay informed, making a plan.
    • The science behind earthquakes and tsunami, what causes them, what happens during the event.

  • Each video must include:
    1. the words “Drop, Cover and Hold” and/or “Long or Strong, Get Gone” (the correct action to take in an earthquake and tsunami).
    2. a 10 second title screen (not part of your overall time) with the name of your video, your school and participants (entries may be produced by groups of students, or by a class).

  • Upload your video to YouTube. Creating an account is free!

  • Send a link to your uploaded video to along with the following information:
    • Subject line: Secondary School video competition
    • Name of your school
    • Name of your video
    • Physical address of school
    • Names of everyone involved in the video*

*All students participating must have obtained parental permission. It is the schools obligation to ensure all participating students have parents / guardians consent to do so. Please view the terms and conditions for more details.

Resources to help you make your video

Make sure you check out the following webpages for useful information to use when making your videos:

  • Get Tsunami Ready - All you need to know about the right action to take during a Tsuanmi.
  • Happens - A great resource with information about hazards and the impacts you may face.
  • What's the Plan, Stan? - A resource for teachers and students.

By entering this competition, you agree to the terms and conditions.

The ShakeOut website and registration system are services of SCEC, the Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
New Zealand ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!