What’s On Our Plates? is a set of multimedia learning modules designed to enable anyone to explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s active plate boundary online, including the Alpine Fault and Hikurangi subduction zone.
There are currently five What’s On Our Plates? learning modules, with more coming soon.
The first three 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. Each module comes with a downloadable and printable activity sheet and finishes with a quiz to test students learning. Answers to the activity sheets are included in the Teacher Guide.
Please note: The What’s On Our Plates? learning modules are best viewed on a desktop, laptop or tablet, they are not suitable for viewing on mobile phones or small screens. We recommend using Google Chrome, the maps will not work in Internet Explorer.
Module 2: Exploring Our Plate Boundary
Take a tour of Aotearoa New Zealand’s plate boundary, starting with the earth’s structure, tectonic plates, the Pacific Ring of Fire. Then explore where the Australian and Pacific plates meet.
Module 4: Discovering the Alpine Fault
Take a tour along the Alpine Fault, Aotearoa New Zealand’s on-land plate boundary and one of the longest natural straight lines in the world! Find out how it was discovered and learn what science can tell us about Alpine Fault earthquakes.
Module 5: Understanding our Shaky Landscape
On average 20,000 earthquakes are recorded every year in Aotearoa New Zealand, find out why they happen and how we measure them to understand our landscape better.
Module 8: Getting Ready for the Big One
Being prepared for the ‘big one’ means we’re ready for other natural hazards. What we do now will make things easier in any emergency. Find out some of things we can do to get ready for future events.