Around $170,000 will go towards preparation for an Alpine Fault rupture, in an effort to make New Zealand more resilient in a disaster.
The money was announced as part of more than $760,000 in funding for disaster initiatives by Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi.
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Seven projects were awarded grants on Monday, including planning for earthquakes from the Hikurangi subduction zone and Alpine Fault.
Other projects include tsunami preparedness, the translation of emergency messages, and supporting better geospatial information in emergencies.
"Our regions are at the forefront of developing innovative, practical and cost effective solutions to look after Kiwis and our visitors," says Mr Faafoi.
"New Zealand and its people are exposed to a wide range of natural hazards.
"These projects will help us to manage our exposure to the risks that these hazards present, keeping us safer when emergencies happen."