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EQC's public education programme includes sponsorship of exhibitions and events at museums and natural history centres; schools’ programmes; and publications and web information with a focus on preparedness.

The purpose of our public education programme is to:

  • Raise New Zealanders’ awareness of natural disaster risks and how they could impact them and their homes, and
  • Show New Zealanders practical steps they can take to make their homes safer and prevent damage if there is a disaster.

This reduces the impact of disasters on people’s lives. From an insurance perspective, it limits the insurance liability and reduces the cost of reinsurance.

On this page you can read about some of our museum sponsorships.

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Te Papa

EQC is a founding partner of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.
We are sponsors of the Te Taiao | Nature and Quake Braker exhibits and the Earthquake Encounters learning programme.

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Te Taiao | Nature  is one of Te Papa’s newest exhibition areas. The exhibition’s Active Land section shows how plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and erosion have shaped our landscape – and the lives of the people who live here in Aotearoa.

EQC’s sponsors various interactive elements within Active Land, including visitor favourite the Earthquake House.

The Earthquake Encounters school education programme teaches important lessons about earthquake safety to children in a memorable way, including through a specially developed Minecraft ShakerMod.

Quake Braker is an underground space that displays some of the 135 base isolators that Te Papa sits atop.

Base isolators reduce the severity of shaking in the event of a major earthquake, so they’ll help keep  Te Papa’s precious taonga safe in a quake.

The isolators are the invention of New Zealand scientist Dr William Robinson (University of Waikato website) and are now in use in buildings around the world.

More than 2.5million people have visited Quake Braker since its opening.

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Volcanic Activity Centre

Visitors to the centre learn about volcanic and geological activity through simulators, interactive and video displays, and scientific instruments.

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Located in Turangi, at the heart of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the Volcanic Activity Centre provides a fun learning experience for children and adults alike. The centre is popular with both Kiwis and overseas visitors and provides information about various natural hazards through entertaining displays including an earthquake simulator, erupting volcano and live seismograph.

To find out more about the Turangi-based attraction visit the Volcanic Activity Centre website

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Auckland War Memorial Museum

We sponsor the museum’s long-running Volcanoes! exhibition and associated school education programme.

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Volcanoes! is an interactive experience that looks at the scientific and human stories of Aotearoa’s volcanoes. Visitors experience simulated environments, from deep-sea black smokers to a major eruption from Auckland’s active volcanic field.

The Volcanoes! outreach education programme provides an opportunity for thousands of Auckland students to learn more about this fascinating natural hazard through interactive experiences and guided critical thinking.

Entrance to Volcanoes exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Find out more about the Volcanoes exhibition at the Auckland Museum

Visit the Auckland Museum's online Volcanoes exhibition

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Quake City

Canterbury Museum’s Quake City exhibition charts the aftermaths of the 2010-11 earthquakes and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help – and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities.

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EQC’s sponsorship of Quake City helps ensure that the stories from the Canterbury quakes continue to be told for visitors and locals alike. Quake City also forms part of Canterbury Museum’s school education programme. In the programme students discuss the geological processes that occurred during the Canterbury earthquakes, including the impact on the city and the social and technological responses.

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The next severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault is likely to occur within the lifetime of most of us, or our children. EQC is proud to support the community engagement work of AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8] to inform South Island communities about the Alpine Fault hazard.

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AF8 Community Roadshow

Through their AF8 Roadshow, the programme provides South Island communities, in areas most likely to be affected by an AF8 earthquake, with direct access to Alpine Fault science and hazard impact information relevant to them and their region.

EQC is proud to fund the 2021 AF8 Roadshow which is visiting 14 communities and 16 schools across Te Waipounami / the South Island from late March to May.

What’s On Our Plates

What’s On Our Plates is a series of online resources designed to encourage Kiwis to delve into the fascinating world of earth science and grow their knowledge of natural hazards in Aotearoa New Zealand. The first three What’s On Our Plates modules have been aligned to Level 4-6 Achievement Objectives from the Science Learning Area of the New Zealand Curriculum and are accompanied by a Teacher Guide to support their use in the classroom.


In the Be prepared section of this website, you can get advice on what to do to minimise damage to your home, and injury, in the event of a natural disaster.


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