Leenia, I've lived in Auckland for 43 years, only felt one earthquake, a single thump that did no damage. Auckland is, however, a volcanic field. It is ALL volcanos, the whole area. I live 500yds from a small one, and like all of them, it is dormant, not extict. The side that faces away from us is cut away vertically, -I do mean cut, the scoria was used for roadbuilding- and I would expect the folks who live on that side to benefit from any eruption first. There is no way out of here that doesn't pass a volcano. Even if you go by sea.
Makes you think. But I still would rather live here than anywhere else.