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Connecting Millions More People with Helplines with ThroughLine New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the top three countries in the world searching for mental health with interest in the topic reaching an all-time high this year. We know people turn to Google Search for actionable information in a crisis, and wherever you are in the world, access to information is a critical determinant of your health and wellbeing. 

Today at Google Health’s annual event, The Check Up, we announced that we’re partnering with ThroughLine New Zealand, the largest verified network of mental health and crisis helplines around the world to add relevant local helpline information to Google Search. This will increase the number of crisis helplines that appear at the top of search results in additional languages and countries for searches related to suicide, domestic violence and other personal crisis topics.

Image: Suicide Helpline on Google Search in Panama

Elliot Taylor, founder of ThroughLine, said “Our mission is to help as many people as we can, all over the world, with crisis support in their most difficult moments. Google is in a unique position to be able to connect people to such support, and we’re so proud to partner with them to scale this work globally, helping millions of people with accurate and timely information.”

Our focus is on quickly connecting people in need with helpful resources, especially in situations where time is of the essence. For over a decade, we’ve worked closely with crisis support providers to help people who are looking for information in personal crisis situations like suicide, sexual assault and domestic violence. By expanding the number of crisis prevention information boxes on Google Search we hope to reach millions more people in critical moments.

People come to Google with health-related questions hundreds of millions of times a day and partnerships like this one will help more people around the world find help with challenges like mental health issues, in the moments they need it most.

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Improving Representation of Aotearoa’s Communities in Tech

Research by NZ Tech shows that there is low representation of Māori and Pacific people across corporate Aotearoa, with these figures even lower in the technology sector. This presents two challenges. First, diversity in organisations is critical to broader business success. And second, we’ve seen that teams that offer different perspectives, experiences and insights develop technological solutions that support all communities.

Over the past decade, TupuToa has been nurturing and developing Māori and Pacific leaders to ensure corporate Aotearoa is representative of these communities. With over 1000 alumni placed in roles across Aotearoa and beyond, there’s also a need to support this cohort of professionals with the skills required to achieve their tech-career aspirations.

Now, through grant support provided by, Google’s philanthropic arm, TupuToa will commence a programme aimed at increasing representation of Māori and Pacific professionals in technology across Aotearoa to improve technological outcomes for all.  

TupuToa Chief Executive Anne Fitisemanu said, ”The ripple effect of this programme will be massive. Not only will we be able to support our alumni but this work will impact their whanau and communities who are at risk of exclusion from this industry, and eventually improve the growth of Aotearoa’s technology related skill sets that are already needed across a broad range of industries. I’m so pleased that we’re aligned with on this shared mission to develop and empower our people through tech.”

The programme will support the TupuToa community of Māori and Pacific professionals in two ways. By seeking to understand the needs of alumni in the workforce and then by providing better support and pathways for Māori and Pacific early talent to develop their careers successfully in technology, with scope to expand to experienced career changers in the future.

With a shared commitment to ensuring indigenous communities take their place and thrive in the world of technology, we hope this programme will in time deliver better technological outcomes for all of New Zealand.

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Protection and partnership in today’s Waitangi Day Doodle

“One of the core principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is protection and partnership. This tiki artform represents the ambitions of our tipuna, and honours the aspirations of both Māori and the wider community for protection of land, community and partnership.” says Hori-Te-Ariki Mataki (Ae, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui me Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi) of the artwork he has designed for today’s local Google Doodle. 

Shared today for all in Aotearoa to see on New Zealand’s Google homepage, this Doodle celebrates the ambitions of two cultures and their shared desire to protect and provide for their people. Taking its likeness from pounamu, a taonga in Māori culture, the colours represent the physical - land, sea and air - taonga of tangata whenua. “The outstretched arms of the tiki represent the integration of cultures and future innovation to protect these natural domains of our environment, the flora and fauna, for all generations to come.”Hori explained.

Aotearoa New Zealand today recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi which was signed on 6 February 1840. Kiwi’s search interest in Te Tiriti o Waitangi has tripled over the past 12 months in New Zealand showing a growing desire to lear more. Searches for the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi reached a ten-year high in May last year. 

Of his work, Hori shared that the use of “language, art forms and philosophies of our ancestors and tikanga Māori allow us to create, communicate and connect. And the latest technologies in design and strategy help our people toward a better future.”

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2022 Google News key moments

For more than two decades we’ve worked with news media companies to strengthen quality journalism in Aotearoa and 2022 is no different. As the year draws to a close, we’re pausing to reflect on our efforts - to share key highlights and reflections from our ongoing partnerships.

We’re proud of the launch of News Showcase and have now signed agreements with 23 local news publications, including NZME’s national and regional titles like New Zealand Herald and Whanganui Chronicle, RNZ, BusinessDesk, Scoop Media, Crux Publishing, Newsroom, Pacific Media Network, Sun Media and Times Newspapers. These publishers and their respective mastheads represent a broad mix of audiences across New Zealand, from metropolitan to smaller, regional and ethnically diverse publications. 

Throughout the year, our Google News Initiative (GNI) projects focused on advancing quality journalism, strengthening publisher business models and empowering newsrooms through technological innovation. This year alone we’ve reached over 30 news organisations and hundreds of journalists through our programs. 

Advancing quality journalism 

Training Kiwi journalists

We partnered with Telum Media to deliver a series of 12 in-person digital skills workshops to equip journalists with tools they can use in daily reporting and data visualisation projects. This year, we’ve trained over 100 New Zealand journalists across 30 newsrooms throughout the country. 

In August we hosted the Te Rito Journalism Training Camp which saw 25 cadets representing multiple ethnicities, languages, and the rainbow and disability communities from all over the motu participate in training focused on digital skilling and fundamental principles of digital tools and reporting. As part of the Te Rito initiative, established by New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME), Whakaata Māori, Discovery / Newshub and Pacific Media Network, with support from NZ On Air's Public Interest Journalism Fund, these cadets were selected to develop and bring diverse voices into the journalism and broadcasting industry. 


Caption: News Lab Teaching Fellow session with Te Rito journalism cadets in August 2022.

Supporting media literacy for New Zealand’s students

News Lab also supports efforts to teach children what information sources they should (and shouldn’t) trust. Newshounds by Squiz Kids is  a new media literacy teaching resource for children between 8 and 12 years, supported by GNI and already launched in more than 500 schools in Australia and New Zealand. Teachers that have used the curriculum said students are highly engaged in the lessons and are more likely to think critically about the information they consume.

Supporting Election policy and misinformation tracking

The Policy New Zealand team’s aim is to make it easy to find out who’s running in local elections and what they stand for. This tool is critical to improving access to election information. We’ve supported their efforts for a number of years, including their latest iteration which provides journalists with a database for candidates’ key election policies, supporting their ability to track misinformation. It was utilised by a broad cross-section of media, from national outlets such as Stuff, TVNZ’s Breakfast and Newshub’s Three News, through to community and local news outlets.

Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Through the News Equity Fund - a global commitment from Google to provide financial support and opportunities to news organisations that primarily serve underrepresented communities - four news publishers in New Zealand have received funding for projects that create original journalism for underrepresented audiences. Recipients include Lizard News, The News, Shepherdess and Pacific Media Network.

Strengthening and evolving publisher business models 

The GNI Digital Growth Program’s News Fundamentals Series 

Through the GNI Digital Growth Program, we’ve helped small and mid-sized news publishers in New Zealand and Australia to develop the capabilities required to accelerate the growth of their businesses online. This year, more than 240 participants from approximately 220 publishers across Australia and New Zealand took part. A link to the on-demand videos can be found here

GNI News Consumer Insights: Shift Program

The NCI Shift is a free, immersive two-month program developed to support the news industry on how to increase Reader Engagement and Reader Revenue (including contribution models where relevant). The program has provided actionable and personalised insights, data-driven strategies and recommendations through the use of custom audits, group discussions and peer-to-peer learning for a cohort of nine New Zealand digital news publishers.

We are also supporting innovation within the newsroom by partnering with Bastion Transform to create a framework for newsrooms to experiment. We are working with Business Desk NZ and Australian publishers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and National Indigenous Times to finetune and implement the framework so journalists can prioritise, design, run and measure different opportunities they want to experiment with. 

Empowering news organisations through technological innovation 

12 projects joined the GNI Startups Boot Camp

In partnership with Fishburners we launched the first GNI Startups Boot Camp in Australia and New Zealand, a program designed to provide hands-on support and coaching to aspiring news entrepreneurs as they establish and grow a new independent journalism venture and set their business on the path to sustainability. Some of the projects that participated in the 2022 cohort includes Nak-Ed, one of New Zealand's first media brands dedicated to exploring the growing sexual wellness scene across marginalised communities. through in-depth, female led reporting.

Supporting new ideas as part of the Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation challenge 

This month we were also pleased to share that two Kiwi organisations, Scoop and Kīnga Voxpop, will receive support from the Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge. These projects focus on innovation to create a more sustainable and diverse news ecosystem.

We are pleased to partner with the New Zealand news industry, as we have done for many years, to ensure New Zealanders have access to relevant and useful information. 

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Year in Search: Here’s what Kiwis searched for in 2022

Everything from COVID to Costco and guacamole to Globle, these are the moments, people and peculiarities that captured Kiwis’ attention this year.

Year in Search 2022 artwork by Kiwi artist Chippy Draws

Kiwis will remember that this year had its share of historic moments: from the traumatic war in Ukraine, to Tonga’s devastating eruption, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth. And yet we’ve seen lightness and optimism as we seek to find new ways to adapt and come together. We observed our first national public holiday for Matariki. We crowned our first ever medallists at the Winter Olympics. We marvelled at the unprecedented support for our Rugby World Cup champions, the Black Ferns. 

Google’s Year in Search helps us explore the year through the lens of the questions we asked. What is the meaning of Matariki, how do you play Wordle and how do you make an NFT? And as our trending searches indicate, it’s been a year of momentous milestones, fun online fancies and people that will go down in the history books. 

Let’s take a look at some key themes from our searches in New Zealand this year:

Going local and celebrating our culture

Alongside global moments, our searches show a keen interest in celebrating what is local. We looked for pottery, zumba and cooking classes nearby - maybe to learn how to whip up a pavlova! We wanted to find and define Matariki. Wayne Brown and Sam Uffindel piqued our interest in regional politics. And ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ put Waititi on the world stage.

Sports has our hearts, minds and searches

With sporting heroes, matches and league tables, Kiwis were spoilt for sporting choice this year. The Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and a plethora of - rugby, soccer, rugby league - world cups and matches kept us entertained. Well established sporting champs like Israel Adesanya, Joseph Parker and Lydia Ko loomed large. Other breakout stars like Ruby Tui and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott captured our attention.

Curiosity and quirks…alongside COVID

The number of COVID cases or the locations of interest were still very much top of mind this year. And we had to learn quickly how to do a rapid antigen test. But despite this, our searches show a desire for distraction and amusement. We delved into the story of Anna Delvey, welcomed the arrival of Costco to our shores and somehow found time to play Wordle, Quordle, Heardle, Globle and Octordle!

Back to basics in the kitchen

This year our recipe lists show our desire to make from scratch as we searched for ways to make condiments like tomato relish, plum jam, and teriyaki sauce. For the first time in years we deviated from our banana bread obsession and other indulgent bakes found their way into our hearts and stomachs. Sugary sweets like hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls and chocolate brownies complimented more classic bakes like shortbread. On the savoury side, we showed our unwavering love for guacamole, which topped the savoury recipe list for the second year running! And explored Italian fare with spaghetti bolognese, gnocchi, focaccia and…macaroni cheese.

To dive into the data, check out New Zealand’s full trending* lists for 2022:


  1. Wordle
  2. Locations of interest
  3. Australian Open
  4. Covid cases today
  5. All Blacks vs Ireland
  6. Ukraine
  7. World Cup
  8. Quordle
  9. Matariki
  10. Queen Elizabeth

Global Figures:

  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Amber Heard
  3. Will Smith
  4. Novak Djokovic
  5. Andrew Tate
  6. Anna Delvey
  7. Chris Rock
  8. King Charles
  9. Elon Musk
  10. Meghan Markle


  1. Clarke Gayford
  2. Ryan Fox
  3. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
  4. Lydia Ko
  5. Israel Adesanya
  6. Jayden Meyer
  7. Wayne Brown
  8. Sam Uffindell
  9. Joseph Parker
  10. Ruby Tui


  1. Covid cases today
  2. Ukraine
  3. Queen Elizabeth
  4. Costco
  5. Will Smith
  6. Tropical cyclone Dovi
  7. iPhone 14
  8. Russia
  9. Tonga
  10. Commonwealth Games medal table


  1. Queen Elizabeth
  2. Shane Warne
  3. Betty White
  4. Olivia Newton John
  5. Anne Heche
  6. Taylor Hawkins
  7. Bob Saget
  8. Aaron Carter
  9. Technoblade
  10. Ray Liotta

Sporting Events:

  1. Australian Open
  2. All Blacks vs Ireland
  3. Rugby league world cup
  4. All Blacks vs South Africa
  5. Fifa World Cup
  6. Ipl
  7. Women’s rugby world cup
  8. All Blacks vs Argentina
  9. Commonwealth Games medal table
  10. Samoa vs Australia

Online Games:

  1. Wordle
  2. Quordle
  3. Heardle
  4. Blooket
  5. Snake
  6. Globle
  7. Poki
  8. Octordle
  9. Slope
  10. Nerdle

How to...?

  1. How to do a RAT test
  2. How to play Wordle
  3. How to screenshot on a Windows
  4. How to tie a tie
  5. How to find Matariki
  6. How to screenshot on a Mac
  7. How to spell askew Google joke
  8. How to solve a Rubik’s cube
  9. How to be single
  10. How to make self raising flour

Savoury Recipes:

  1. Guacamole
  2. Tomato relish
  3. Spaghetti bolognese
  4. Coleslaw
  5. Macaroni cheese
  6. Focaccia
  7. Quiche
  8. Corn fritter
  9. Gnocchi
  10. Teriyaki sauce

Sweet Recipes:

  1. Hot cross bun
  2. Apple crumble
  3. Plum jam
  4. Cinnamon rolls
  5. Overnight oats
  6. Pavlova 
  7. Shortbread
  8. Pikelet
  9. Chocolate brownie
  10. Tiramisu

*Trending Searches: What was hot in 2022? The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2022 as compared to 2021.

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A Year On YouTube New Zealand: 2022’s Top Trending Videos & Creators

In 2022, you paid tribute to the loss of a legend, crowned a new most-subscribed creator, and set a record for the most-viewed face reveal on YouTube. You also vibed out to a Puerto Rican superstar and drove a new class of short-form comedians to widespread success. You even dove into documentaries on New Zealand’s unique geography.

Top Trending Videos

This year’s top trending videos show that individual, online communities are more influential than ever before. Take the large presence of videos featuring personal stories, which allowed creators to intimately connect with and recognize their fans: Technoblade’s father recorded a farewell message penned by his late son to his viewers; Dream finally dropped the mask for a long-awaited hello; and Dental Digest found its niche online. Meanwhile, moments involving traditional celebrities like Will Smith and the 90s nostalgia of the Halftime Show gained new levels of relevance because of the ways communities reinterpreted them for their audiences through memes, parodies, and more. And, of course, top creators like MrBeast continued to bring their viewers together with larger than life challenges. 

In this year’s top ten you’ll also find an investigation into New Zealand’s chance of a megaquake, Mark Rober’s latest attempt to foil phone scammers, and Sidemen proving that if the format isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

  1. Guardian News - Watch the uncensored moment Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, drops F-bomb

  2. NFL - Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent FULL Pepsi SB LVI Halftime Show

  3. MrBeast - World’s Most Dangerous Escape Room!

  4. Technoblade - so long nerds

  5. Mark Rober - Pranks Destroy Scam Callers- GlitterBomb Payback


  7. Out There Learning - The Coming Megaquake in New Zealand

  8. Dream - hi, I'm Dream.

  9. VICE - Is the World’s Weirdest Drug Market In New Zealand? | The War on Drugs

  10. Dental Digest - DIY Bubble Gum vs. Hubba Bubba Toothbrush!

Top Shorts 

The first-ever Top Shorts list shows that when it comes to short-form, feel-good content — whether it’s sketch comedy or mesmerising tricks — reigns supreme. Kiwis were intrigued by surprising, unbelievable and revealing everyday moments.

  1. Shangerdanger - Diver Cracks Egg at 45 ft Deep #Shorts

  2. Hingaflips - Sarah Trust Challenges

  3. Adrian Bliss - Welcome to the stomach #shorts

  4. Brodie That Dood - Come with me to shave my fluffy dog! #doggrooming #grooming #goldendoodle

  5. Chris Ivan - Dave and Busters Bet Me 1000 Tickets I Couldn’t Do THIS…

  6. Zack D. Films - This Magic Trick EXPLAINED ? (America's Got Talent)

  7. Jay & Sharon - That GAP Between Your Car Seat and Center Console

  8. Hafu Go - 1 Inch Punch (Can You Break This Board?)


  10. The Kelly Clarkson Show - Anne Hathaway’s GENIUS cupcake hack!

Top Creators

Among Top Creators, MrBeast claimed the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive year in a row. While other big names appear in the top 10, there are also many newcomers who are reaching viewers across a range of video formats.

  1. MrBeast

  2. NichLmao

  3. Airrack

  4. Zhong

  5. Stokes Twins

  6. Ryan Trahan

  7. Brent Rivera

  8. Jesser

  9. Isaiah Photo

  10. Sidemen

Breakout Creators

Many of 2022’s Breakout creators, meanwhile, are finding their niches within Shorts, putting a fresh spin on Minecraft trends and mind blowing magic tricks.

  1. Jesser

  2. Beta Squad

  3. Jamie Nyland

  4. Maizen

  5. Jooj Natu ENG

  6. Kat

  7. Dayta

  8. Shangerdanger

  9. PAS Magic

  10. TheMagicMatt

Top Music Videos

When it comes to music, the top 10 music videos this year demonstrate the breadth of musical interest in Aotearoa. From Disney to Lizzo, with a little Tyga and Harry Styles thrown in for good measure. 

  1. DisneyMusicVEVO - Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz - What Else Can I Do? (From "Encanto")

  2. DisneyMusicVEVO - 4*TOWN (From Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red) - Nobody Like U (From "Turning Red")

  3. HarryStylesVEVO - Harry Styles - As It Was (Official Video)

  4. 803KingGeorge - King George - Keep On Rollin (Official Audio)

  5. Sidhu Moose Wala - LEVELS - Official Video | Sidhu Moose Wala ft Sunny Malton | The Kidd

  6. DisneyMusicVEVO - Encanto - Cast - All Of You (From "Encanto"/Sing-Along)

  7. Sidhu Moose Wala - THE LAST RIDE - Offical Video | Sidhu Moose Wala | Wazir Patar

  8. Burna Boy - Burna Boy - Last Last [Official Music Video]

  9. TygaVEVO - Tyga, Doja Cat - Freaky Deaky (Official Video)

  10. Lizzo Music - Lizzo - About Damn Time [Official Video]

Dig into top trending videos from around the world at

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Squiz Kids partners with Google to help students build media literacy skills

Image: Newshounds by Squiz Kids in the classroom

This week, UNESCO’s Media Literacy Week is focused on nurturing trust in media and information. There’s no better time to educate and empower people to be confident consumers of media than at school, which is why Squiz Kids has partnered with the Google News Initiative to roll out its media literacy program ‘Newshounds’ to primary schools across New Zealand. 

Squiz Kids, a daily news podcast for 8-12yos, has developed Newshounds by Squiz Kids as a plug-and-play media literacy teaching resource comprising eight x 10 minute podcasts and accompanying in-classroom activities, packaged up in an engaging board-game style format. 

Squiz-E the Newshound takes primary-aged kids on a media literacy journey, teaching them to understand the myriad forms of media to which they’re exposed every day and recognise the multiple agendas that drive them. Underpinning it all are exercises that give kids the skills to identify misinformation and disinformation. 

“Kids today have more information coming at them on a daily basis than at any other time in history,”  said Squiz Kids Director Bryce Corbett. “We created Newshounds to make kids critical consumers of media - to teach them to stop, think and check before believing everything they come across on the internet. Teachers and parents alike know it’s important to teach their children media literacy, but few know where to start. By partnering with Google, it’s hoped that Newshounds starts conversations with adults that help kids recognise online fact from fiction.”

The partnership with Google will allow classrooms across New Zealand to access the Newshounds media literacy program for free from this week.

The Manaiakalani Education schools in Tāmaki Makaurau have been running a pilot of the programme in their classrooms over the past few months, and they’ve found students were engaged by the content, and most importantly, were transferring these concepts to other areas of learning when they were online.

Listeners, readers and viewers are incredibly powerful in the fight against misinformation - the more they demand quality information, the higher chance facts have to win the battle. But those audiences need support. 

Understanding the many complex elements that go into deciding what is fact and what is a falsehood starts at an early age, which is why we’re so proud to work with Squiz Kids to launch Newshounds in New Zealand schools. This partnership builds on our efforts to build a sustainable, diverse and innovative news ecosystem.

Teachers are invited to create a free account at - and start their class on the path to media literacy.

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Nine years later, Chromecast has way more – at a low price

Image: Chromecast with Google TV (HD) and remote lays on top of two books on a coffee table with a decorative bowl nearby. 

Since we launched it in 2013, we’ve introduced three generations of the original Chromecast, plus Chromecast Ultra for 4K and HDR support. Most recently, we took our biggest leap yet with Chromecast with Google TV (4K)

Chromecast with Google TV comes with your favourite Chromecast features from over the years — plus the Google TV experience, which brings together movies, shows and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organises them just for you. 

Today, we’re expanding this lineup with the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD). We built this product with affordability in mind and to help bring all our favourite features of Chromecast and Google TV to more people than ever. 

We’ve come pretty far since the original Chromecast launched 9 years ago. Here’s how we’ve evolved — and what you can expect from the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD). 

More affordable than our original Chromecast

Chromecast originally launched as a dongle that made it easy and inexpensive to bring your online entertainment to your TV. At the time, this was a big deal: you could browse the web, watch TV shows and movies, and listen to music simply by plugging it into the back of your TV and connecting the device to Wi-Fi. 

Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is just NZ$69. It brings more capabilities and intelligence to the Chromecast experience that people have loved for years.

More streaming options than ever, organised for you

In the beginning, Chromecast launched with just a handful of partners: Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. Nine years later, there are 10,000+ apps to choose from with Google TV, from TVNZ and Disney+ to Amazon Prime Video, and we continue to add new content all the time. 

And with more content choices than ever before, Chromecast with Google TV has helped reinvent what simple and easy content discovery on your TV looks like. It’s the home for your entertainment, bringing together movies, shows and more so you can find what to watch without jumping from app to app.

Image: Three friends sit on a couch in the living room watching a soccer replay on the TV with Chromecast with Google TV.

Google smarts built-in

In 2013, you could use your phone, tablet or laptop with Chromecast to browse and cast content to your TV, play and pause, control the volume and more. Chromecast brought a broad range of content to your big screen, from sharing your family photos to enjoying a video clip for your favourite news site with the press of a button. 

Today, with new streaming services and apps launching all the time, there is so much content, and choosing something to watch has become harder than ever. That’s why we built Google TV. 

And since launching Google TV, we’ve continued to make updates to the experience, like introducing profiles for everyone in your family to help resolve common complaints like, “why am I getting recommendations for cartoons when I only want thrillers?” It also helps parents have a place for their kids to watch family-friendly content. 

Plus, Google Assistant has a dedicated button on the included remote, so you can easily find something to watch - ‘play Vampire Academy on TVNZ+’ - or ask everyday questions like ‘how’s the traffic to work?’ Or, when it’s movie night, you can see your front door on the big screen with a Nest Doorbell to keep tabs on your pizza delivery.

Image:Two people use Chromecast with Google TV to see a live view of their front door where someone waits with a delivery.

Plug in and play

The original Chromecast was a small dongle for your TV that was designed to get out of the way. It introduced the foundational casting experience of using apps that people were familiar with on their smartphone: just open a supported app, press the Cast icon, and sit back and enjoy. 

We’ve kept that same spirit with all of our Chromecast devices, and Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is no exception. It comes in the same compact and thin design as the Chromecast with Google TV (4K), tucks neatly behind your TV, and set-up is fast and simple. 

And of course, you’ll still have access to your favourite Chromecast features like casting from your phone, sharing your Google Photos to your TV, and casting your Google Meet video calls to TV, so you can join the team meeting or lecture from the comfort of your couch.

Chromecast with Google TV (HD) streams in high definition with 1080p HDR, and we’ve made software optimisations behind the scenes to make sure you get a smooth and snappy experience no matter what TV you’re watching on. 

Starting today, Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is available for NZ$69 in our classic Snow colour, from JB Hi-Fi, Noel Leeming, The Warehouse, PB Tech and Harvey Norman and is available in 19 countries now. 

From day one with Chromecast, we wanted to create an easy solution that worked for everyone, for every TV in the house. Nine years later, that mission hasn’t changed. 

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