Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


What's the plan Minister?

27 April 2006

What's the plan Minister?

Click for big version
Scoop Image


A major new classroom initiative to help kids survive a disaster fronted by a cartoon dog called Stan, has been launched by Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker.

‘What’s the Plan, Stan?’ is a curriculum based teaching resource for schools that uses role-playing, quizzes, an inter-active CDROM, stories and colourful cartoons to deliver messages about how to prepare for and survive tsunamis, earthquakes and floods.

Stan – Scoop Image


“It’s almost twenty years since the last teaching resource was developed and teachers have been asking for fresh, new material, and they were right to do so. The existing material was dated and not suited to young people, this new resources is both fresh and well suited to young people,” said Mr Barker.

“This Government has made ‘safe communities’ a priority and we are investing heavily in bolstering the civil defence sector, with more than $6 million allocated for public education alone in last year’s budget.

“’What’s the Plan, Stan?’ delivers the first return from that investment and what better way to start, than helping our kids understand the hazards and risks our environment holds and how they can survive them.”

The initiative, which has been developed with input from the education and civil defence emergency management sectors, includes a number of components, including:

- A teaching resource for schools based around a comprehensive handbook and CDROM;
- A website: ;
- Teacher training workshops.

“In New Zealand, we are constantly exposed to the risk of disaster,” said Rick Barker. “Experience around the world has shown that where people are aware of the risks around them and plan their response, the injuries, damage and subsequent trauma are significantly reduced.

“This campaign will not only give our kids the knowledge that will help them all their lives, but we hope they will take the messages they learn in class back home with them and make their parents and families aware of the need to be prepared in the event of a disaster.

"The importance of education for young people is a lesson well taught by the experience of the Boxing Day Tsunami. A young British girl, having gone through a programme such as this, knew the warning signs and knew what to do.

"Because of that knowledge, she was able to save her family and a large number of people from certain death. 'What's the plan Stan?' will certainly give our kids the edge in knowing what to do too," said Mr Barker.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>


Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>


Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>


PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>





Featured InfoPages