Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have been delivering a Marae and Whānau Emergency Preparedness Wānanga at various marae in the South Island. The Te Peka Whakamarumaru (Emergency Management) team have been creating opportunities for kōrero and educating communities about emergency preparedness.
Brandy Alger has been collaborating with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in developing educational modules for the visits. The programme has developed a wharenui to sit on the shake table and the shake table is programmed with the closest known fault to show the hypothetical impact on the location. There is also a QuakeScape kit for the whānau to play. QuakeScape is a hands-on puzzle game, similar to an “escape room” where the players have to solve the earthquake resilience related puzzles and get the codes to unlock the five lifelines (drinking water, waste water, communications, transportation, and electricity).
The Te Peke Whakamarumaru Emergency Management team has been increasing emergency preparedness and fostering important kōrero among whanau. The team have travelled to marae near Hokitika and Bluff with plans to visit a number of other around the South Island by the end of this year.
Photos by: Jamie Ruwhiu