Kia Pakari: Schools' Resilience Programme

Kia Pakari is for educators to empower young people to build resilience in school communities across Aotearoa.

What is the programme about?

Kia Pakari is a resource for schools to enhance community resilience 

Schools in Aotearoa play a critical role in safety  and wellbeing of young people as well as contributing significantly to community resilience and emergency management. 

In a rapidly changing world where communities and young people are facing increasingly common and complex disaster risks and stressors, the needs and voices of children are more important than ever in emergency planning. 

In the Kia Pakari programme students explore resilience in their lives, school and communities. Student teams initiate their own inquiries into the factors that make their community vulnerable to emergency events, and design and implement programmes of social action to help local whānau and schools become better prepared to manage adversity.

Kia Pakari Complete Resource Set

Who can participate in Kia Pakari?

The resources were specifically designed for teachers in partnership with CORE Education Limited and are underpinned by The New Zealand Curriculum, as well as Student-Led Inquiry and Universal Design for Learning principles.

The target audience is intermediate schools nationwide (years 7 and 8), however it can be adapted to all years.

Kia Pakari Flyer

Downloadable teaching resources

Kia Pakari recognises that every school community will have unique risks, resilience attributes and aspirations, and that young people can play many key roles in building resilience of communities by preventing and reducing risks.

The resources are designed to be flexible guides for teachers and can be adapted to match the community context and the strengths and needs of students. Download the Kia Pakari Educators’ Guide to read the full details of the resources, including how they relate to The New Zealand Curriculum principles. The key premise of Kia Pakari is that kids can take social action and that kids can make a difference to build resilience to future emergency events. 

“It’s an amazing resource with so many possibilities to get students thinking about their role in so many different situations.” - Teacher feedback

Download the Kia Pakari Mission Plan Template to help kids plan their own initiatives at any stage.

The Kia Pakari resources use a student-led inquiry approach that empowers students to design solutions to future emergency events and community challenges using the flexible 4-stage Kia Pakari Roadmap.

STAGE 1. Tuihonotia: Engage and connect

STAGE 2. Kia mataara, kia māia: Understand community risk and resilience

STAGE 3. Karawhiua: Take action

STAGE 4. Te ako: Learn

Gamification: Play the Kia Pakari Card Game

Use the Kia Pakari Cards at any time by downloading and printing out your own set. 

The cards promote discussion, develop critical and creative thinking through problem solving, create teachable moments, activate curiosity and inquiry, and provide awareness though authentic contexts and scenarios.

The Kia Pakari Card Game is versatile and can be played and hacked in a number of ways - it was developed and tested by New Zealand students. The card game provides a fun way to build understandings about appropriate responses to emergency events. 

See Kia Pakari Card Game Instructions for full details. 

Buy the Card Game

Buy copies of the printed Kia Pakari Card Game for $35 (including GST). For more information contact

Extra Kia Pakari activities, templates and ideas

Kia Pakari Blank Cards  - extend or create variations to basic ways of playing the Card Game, make up new rules, or design entirely new games.

Know, Want to know, Learned (KWL) template - choose Event cards from the card game to formulate questions and prompt research and use the QR codes and links in the glossary (above) to find information relevant to your inquiry.

QR Code Glossary - use the QR code glossary to find out more about emergency events, characters and actions. Print out the glossary to put on the wall or cut out individual links to use in different ways.

Story Builder Template - use this template to plan and create a story, article,poem, broadcast, and so on.

Kia Pakari Stickers - print your own.

Digital learning: Get involved in the Virtual Field Trip

The Kia Pakari Virtual Field Trip Adapting After Emergencies - Lessons from Kaikōura and Hurunui takes place on 26-28 June 2018 and the resources are available thereafter. The field trip explores the November 2016 earthquake and the effects it has had on the land, the sea and the people through the Kaikōura and Hurunui regions. 

The November 2016 earthquake affected many communities in both rural and urban areas.

Students participate in 3 days of rich stories that explore the event and provide lessons for the future. Videos and background learning provide real-world examples about how the Kia Pakari Educators' Guide can be applied.

“This field trip was awesome! It was an excellent resource to help teach natural disasters and gave the students a better understanding about how communities can be affected and how people are resilient.” - Teacher feedback

“It was topical and led to deeper thinking from my students about coping with an emergency.” - Teacher feedback

Topics covered in the field trip filmed over 3 days in the Kaikōura and Hurunui regions 18 months after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. 

The virtual field trip helps you explore questions such as: What happens when emergencies strike? What do people do? How do communities work together? What can we learn from recent natural events? How do we prepare ourselves for future events we can't control?

Need suggestions from other teachers on how to use the resources in your classroom? Teacher tips available here.

Our other youth and education programmes

We have a wide range of related programmes, resources and opportunities for young people, teachers and schools to get involved to enhance community resilience with New Zealand Red Cross.

  • Kiri and the Emergency is a first aid book and videos are aimed at children aged 3-6 years available in English and Te Reo.
  • Youth in Emergency Services (YES) is run collaboratively with MYD and MCDEM and is designed to strengthen young people’s connection to their community, encouraging them to engage with a range of emergency services and build their skills.
  • Youth Emergency Preparedness Programme (YEPP) - is available in Dunedin and is designed to teach young people knowledge and skills to increase personal and community preparedness for emergencies.
  • Women and War - book a seminar at your school that explores how women experience war in many ways, and how laws can be used to protect women from the harm of wars.   
  • Refugee Support Volunteering - our refugee support volunteers do an extraordinary job and are a core part of the services we offer to former refugees.

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