Category Archives: Google New Zealand Blog

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Introducing a transparency report for New Zealand’s political ads

We first launched our Transparency Report in 2010 with the goal of showing users how policy impacts access to information and informing discussions about the free flow of information online. Over the years, we’ve evolved the report, and in 2018 we added the Political Advertising on Google section.

Google’s goal has always been to support election integrity by providing transparency into the political advertising spend on our platforms, and earlier this month, we set out our support of the New Zealand General Election. We have implemented a verification process for New Zealand advertisers running election ads, effective immediately. Advertisers who want to run election ads in New Zealand must apply for verification and demonstrate their eligibility to run such ads. We also require that election ads contain a disclosure identifying who has paid for the ad. Now, we’re continuing to roll out new transparency features with the addition of the transparency report: Political Advertising on Google and Political Ad Library for New Zealand General elections.

For the first time in New Zealand, our transparency report will show who bought election ads, how much money they spent, how those ads were targeted, and the election ads themselves. Election ads in New Zealand are ads that feature a political party, candidate or current officeholder for the New Zealand Parliament; or an option up for vote, an option proponent, or a call-to-vote for an officially declared national referendum. We designed this report for anyone interested in more transparency into election ad spending on our platform—the information is searchable and downloadable so that you can easily access and sort through the data. We’re updating the report every week, so as we head into election season, anyone can see new ads that get uploaded or new advertisers that decide to run election ads on Google platforms.

Meanwhile, our new, searchable Political Ad Library includes details like which election ads had the most impressions, renderings of the election ads running on our platform, and more information about specific advertisers’ campaigns. In addition, the data from the report and Political Ad Library is publicly available on Google Cloud’s BigQuery. Using BigQuery’s API, anyone can run their own unique queries on this data set. Researchers, political watchdog groups and private citizens can use our data set to develop charts, graphs, tables or other visualizations of political advertising on Google Ads services. Together with the Transparency Report, we hope this provides unprecedented, data-driven insights into election ads on our platform.

Even with these transparency updates, we know there is still more work to be done to protect elections. We’re also continuing to share our Protect Your Election tools to safeguard campaigns from digital attacks. As we approach the 2020 General Election, we’ve introduced new tools to help protect political campaigns, provide voters with accurate information, and increase transparency on our platforms, and we’ll continue to do more.

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Google Nest Mini is here, New Zealand

Google today officially announced the Nest Mini is coming to New Zealand. Nest Mini is a smart speaker that helps people get stuff done with the power of the Google Assistant. From June 25, you can buy the Google Nest Mini for NZD $89 from Spark and other leading retailers including Noel Leeming, JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman and The Warehouse.

The discreet and stylish speaker is designed to help control your smart home, providing hands-free assistance from Google Assistant, built with sustainable materials.

A Speaker with Powerful Sound
Nest Mini has a big and rich sound. Our expert audio engineers developed proprietary audio tuning software, allowing us to get the most out of the hardware with a full, clear and natural sound at every volume level. We didn’t want to suppress any auditory details, so what you’ll hear when listening to music on Nest Mini is authentic to the artist’s vision.

If you’re listening to music, podcasts and other types of media on Nest Mini, LED lights will light up as your hand gets close to the device, indicating where you can tap to adjust the volume. We’ve also improved Mini’s ability to hear you in noisy environments.

And Nest Mini will dynamically adjust the volume of the Assistant, news and podcasts based on any background noise that may be happening at the time. So when the dishwasher is running and you ask for the weather, you’ll hear the Assistant’s response at a louder volume.

Whole home audio
You can connect Nest Mini to multiple Nest speakers to build a sound system for your whole home. With more than one Nest speaker, simply create as many as you’d like in the Google Home app, and enjoy music, podcasts and more throughout your home.

And with stream transfer, you can fill your home with sound by moving your music, audiobooks and podcasts from one speaker to another with just your voice. Even transfer music or podcasts from your phone when you walk in the door. For example, If I’m hosting a dinner party, once I’m done cooking in the kitchen, I just say, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker” to keep the party going.

The power of whole home audio goes beyond music, and it can be a helpful way to stay in touch with family members. With new Google Duo functionality on all Nest speakers, you can call your devices from the Google Home app, use the intercom feature to talk from device to device or even call someone on the other side of the world, for free—all you need is a Duo account and/or a Google Home or Nest smart speaker or display.

Your Assistant will keep getting better

With the Google Nest Mini you can ask it questions, tell it to do things, get news updates, control devices around your home and more. Up to six people can connect their account to one Nest Mini, so if you ask your Assistant for help, it can distinguish your voice from other family members or housemates. As the Google Assistant adds functionality over time, Nest Mini will automatically update its software so you don’t have to lift a finger while it keeps getting better.

Sustainably designed for your home
The Nest mini has soft rounded edges that blend in with your home. It comes in two colors: Chalk, Charcoal. We’ve also incorporated wall mounting capabilities into Nest Mini, so you can creatively integrate Nest Mini into your decor and save precious counter and shelf space.

Like so many of you, we’re committed to helping the planet, so the fabric covering on Nest Mini is made from recycled plastic bottles (meaning plastic bottles that have already been used and recycled). A single half-liter plastic bottle makes enough fabric to cover more than two Nest Mini devices. The external enclosure is also made from 35 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. Now, all Nest products are built using varying amounts of recycled plastics.

Like our entire Google Nest range, Nest Mini has been designed with your privacy in mind and, per our privacy commitments, there’s a switch for you to disable the mic. You can also access, review and delete your queries at any time via My Activity.

Once you set up Nest Mini, just say, “Hey Google, what can you do?” to get started. And once you do that, say “Hey Google, play a dance playlist” and get ready to party.

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Supporting the 2020 New Zealand General Election

In September 2020, New Zealanders will take to the polls to vote in our General Election to elect our Government and decide on two referendums. To support this democratic process, we’re rolling out products and programs to help people get the information they need to cast their votes. Here are the ways we’ll be providing support:

Getting voters the information they need
We know that in the build-up to elections, people need useful and relevant information to help them navigate the electoral process. Across the world we’ve focused on ensuring Google Search provides timely and accurate information that helps people find, understand and participate in the electoral process. For the New Zealand election in 2020, we’ll be working with information from the Electoral Commission to make authoritative electoral information available and to help people find the info they need to enrol and vote.

Helping voters better understand the political advertising they see
To give Kiwis more information about the election ads they see across Google’s ad networks, we’ll require that any ad classified as an election ad, we make it clear to voters who is paying for the advertising. Election ads will mention a political party, candidate or current officeholder, or include information relating to a referendum vote.

We’ll also introduce a new process to verify election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are. We will introduce a New Zealand-specific Political Ads Transparency Report and searchable ads library to provide more information about who is purchasing election ads, whom they’re targeted to, and how much money is being spent. Our goal is to make this information as accessible and useful as possible to citizens, practitioners, and researchers.

In the weeks before the launch of the Political Ads Transparency Report, we're working with political parties to help them understand digital best practices and will be sharing Google's ads policies with parties and candidates.

Protecting election information online
We’re continuing investments in keeping our own platforms secure and are working with campaigns, elections officials, journalists and human rights organizations to ensure the security of the online platforms that they depend on.

For the 2020 General Election, we’re offering in-person security training to these vulnerable groups as they face increased risks of phishing attacks. We’ve been walking them through Google’s Advanced Protection Program, our strongest level of account security and Project Shield, a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites and free expression from DDoS attacks on the web.

In addition, Google News Lab will collaborate with news organisations to support online fact-checking. They’ll be offering a series of free verification workshops to point journalists to the latest tools and technology to tackle misinformation and support their coverage of the elections.

Like others, we’re thinking hard about elections and how we continue to support democratic processes around the world, including by bringing more transparency to political advertising online, by helping connect people to useful and relevant election-related information, and by working to protect election information online. Over the coming months you’ll hear more from us on each of these areas.

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YouTube Music is Making it Simple to Transfer Over Your Google Play Music Library

Over the past few years, we have enhanced YouTube Music to deliver a comprehensive listening experience, and have also added features to make Google Play Music users feel right at home. Starting today, we’re excited to officially begin inviting Google Play Music listeners to effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music, their new home for music listening and discovery.

For now, users will continue to have access to both services. We want to ensure everyone has time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music, so we’ll provide plenty of notice ahead of users no longer having access to Google Play Music later this year.

Easy Transfer and Transition
We know many listeners have spent a lot of time creating their perfect music and podcast libraries in Google Play Music, so we’ve made it simple to move both to their new homes. All Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring your full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts, to their new homes.

Music fans will be able to start the transfer process of their music library to YouTube Music by following these simple steps:
  • Download the YouTube Music app (iOS/Android).
  • Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
  • Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.

And if you’re a podcast listener, you can visit this web page and transfer your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts with a single click. Google Podcasts is our dedicated podcast player available for free on Android and iOS, and accessible from Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Home and more.

We’re looking forward to Google Play Music users transferring their libraries, so they can begin listening and exploring on YouTube Music and Google Podcasts.

Your New Home For Music: YouTube Music

For listeners new to YouTube Music, the streaming service is your personal guide to the world of music, simply organised in an app and web player. A bit more on what YouTube Music has to offer:

  • Catalog: YouTube Music offers over 50 million official tracks, albums and high quality audio, as well as deep cuts, B-sides, live performances, and remixes you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Listen everywhere: Explore YouTube Music’s audio-first music app, desktop and smart speaker experience.
  • Recommendations: Discover new music through YouTube Music’s home screen recommendations and personalised mixes - My Mix, Discovery Mix, and New Release Mix - based on taste, location, time of day and Play Music preferences after transferring.
  • Official Playlists: Listen to thousands of official playlists from both YouTube Music and Google Play Music.

We’ve listened to Google Play Music user feedback and recently introduced additional new features to YouTube Music for fans to enjoy. Some of the YouTube Music features we’re most excited to share include the following (with more updates on the way!):

  • Playlist Creation: We’ve increased playlist length from 1,000 to 5,000 songs to make room for even more of your favorites songs.
  • Uploads: You can listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after your transfer, or add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library in YouTube Music (an increase of more than 50,000 compared to Google Play Music).
  • Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist, music video or let smart downloads (Android only for now) do it for you so you always have something to listen to, even when you don’t have service.
  • Lyrics: Lyrics offer highly visible access to follow along to tracks.
  • Explore Tab: An all-new Explore tab offering one go-to place to discover new music and YouTube Music’s vast catalog of playlists through New Releases and Moods & Genres sections.


Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for NZD$12.99 a month. Or you can try YouTube Premium to extend ad-free, background listening and offline playback across all of YouTube for NZD$15.99.

Google Play Music Unlimited members will be automatically granted the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on the level of benefits with their current subscription, at the same price*.

We can’t wait for you to start exploring YouTube Music features and discovering new music favorites along the way. Have more questions or need help? Check out all of our support resources here.

Enabling Digital Transformation of SeniorNet New Zealand

During the lockdown, seniors throughout New Zealand are using the internet to keep on top of the latest Covid-19 news, purchase their groceries and stay in touch with family and friends. For those not online already, some everyday activities have become a struggle. That’s why Google New Zealand is sponsoring SeniorNet New Zealand in an effort to ensure all Kiwis are able to make full use of the internet to remain independent and active in society.

SeniorNet has been working for over 25 years in more than 60 locations across New Zealand with thousands of members, with the aim of creating a social environment for senior citizens to learn the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Now, as the country undergoes lockdown restrictions, SeniorNet will transform their business and offering, to ensure those that cannot meet physically are being reached virtually.

SeniorNet Executive Officer, Heather Newell said, “Ironically our biggest challenge during this pandemic has been switching to a completely online learning environment. With Google's help and their learning tools, we can quickly transition to ensure that our members and prospective members are digitally savvy.”

SeniorNet Federation chairperson, Harvey Porteous said “This sponsorship will drive SeniorNet’s ability to continue to deliver the right learning environment and support of their peers, through the development of a virtual learning centre that will provide volunteers and tutors with best practice templates for scalable and accessible technology programs.”

Both Google and SeniorNet hope this will result in long lasting change for our senior community in New Zealand.

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Computer Science Grants Awarded to New Zealand Educators

Now, more than ever, it’s important that we support Kiwi teachers and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. Understanding, creating and using technology are critical skills for all students and teachers, regardless of where in New Zealand they live. This year, our annual CS Educator PD Grants program is focused on bringing access to Digital Technologies training to teachers in our regional and remote communities and to those that might otherwise have missed out on such opportunities.

Google’s Educator PD Grants program has been running in New Zealand since 2011 and, in that time, has trained over 20,000 teachers. The program aims to equip teachers through practical professional development workshops, giving them the skills and resources they need to confidently teach computational thinking and computer science concepts in new and exciting ways. This year all funded workshops have a focus on access and inclusion, aligning with Google’s global diversity commitment.

The impact of PD Grants for Educators

We don’t historically think of museums as being centres for technology and teacher training, but Tara Fagan at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington is leading a team focused on bringing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) to five rural regions of New Zealand.

Alongside other museums, the Te Papa team will run two day workshops, weaving STEAM based learning through the curriculum, delivered in both Te Reo Māori and English. Tara explained that these workshops “provide us with the opportunity to work with teachers who may have not accessed any form of Digital Technology Professional Learning & Development before”.

The in depth workshops will be bespoke to Northland, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Porirua, allowing teachers hands on experience with STEAM tools and resources and the support to incorporate their learnings in the classroom between workshops. The partnerships with local museums ensures that schools and teachers have ongoing local networks and support.

We’re excited to announce the following 2020 CS Educator Grants Awardees, who, like Tara, will motivate and inspire educators around New Zealand.

2020 CS Educator Grants Funding Recipients in New Zealand

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An 85 Kilometre Museum Launches on Google Earth

In the North West corner of the South Island, a long forgotten gold miners’ road was revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail. Now, all 85 kilometres of Old Ghost Road have been captured for Google Earth Voyager. From today, Kiwis can venture from the old dray road in the Lyell, all the way to the Mokihinui River in the north, right from the comfort of their living room.

The majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys are now available to anyone to explore.

A group of three captured the length of the trail over three days by taking it in turns to carry the 18 kilogram Trekker camera. The Trekker’s 15 camera lenses take photos every 2.5 seconds, capturing panoramic imagery. This creates the interactive 360 degree virtual tour of New Zealand’s backyard.

Behind the scenes imagery of the Trekker capturing the trail.

With only five kilometres to go of the trail, the team found their Trekker battery had run flat. Luckily, the nearby local Sedonville pub was able to save the day and allowed the team to recharge to capture the final distance.

The trail was captured in partnership with the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust - the creator and operator of The Old Ghost Road. "We were delighted to have the interest and support of Google New Zealand to capture The Old Ghost Road and bring this very remote and rugged part of New Zealand to the world" said Trust Chairperson, Phil Rossiter. "We hope it gives viewers greater insight and appreciation for what makes this trail so special."
A view of Lyell Saddle hut.

Old Ghost Road is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail and has four ghost towns populating the route. Gold was first discovered here in the 1860s, followed by a boom for a couple of decades, only to be closed up by the early 1900s. Some might say it's an outdoor museum, but this corner of New Zealand undeniably brings heritage, wilderness and storytelling together in an unforgettable way.

So strap up your boots, mount your home exercise bike or just put your feet up with a cuppa, and take a trip down this adventure trail Old Ghost Road here.

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How We’re Responding to COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 outbreak reached New Zealand, we’ve had to make fundamental changes to protect our health and adapt the way we live and work. The economic and social impact is affecting people and businesses across the country. At the same time, we’re in awe of the Kiwi healthcare and essential service workers on the front lines, businesses providing vital resources and support, and families and communities being there for one another. They show us that together, we can and will get through this.

The “Stay home, Save lives” Doodle on the Google New Zealand homepage 3-5 April

Overcoming a crisis of this scale will take a sustained effort, and we want to do everything we can to help. Since the virus first began to spread, our focus at Google has been on making sure people have the information and tools they need. We’ve been working with the Government to share public health messages and help them make the most of the free advertising we’ve made available through our Ad Grants programme. But we know there’s much more work ahead.

Today, we’re sharing the actions we’re going to be taking to support New Zealand both in the ongoing short-term response to the virus, and in the long-term, concentrating on three priorities that we believe are critical to a sustainable recovery:
  • Supporting education and learning;
  • Contributing to business continuity and economic recovery; and
  • Promoting authoritative and reliable information.
We’ll continue to work closely with government, business, the health and education sectors, nonprofits and community organisations to ensure people can get help when they need it most, and start to rebuild when the time is right. We want to build on the strong, established partnerships and programs we already have to support New Zealand’s progress, while responding to the urgent challenges we now face.

Supporting education and learning

Around 1.5 million students are out of school in New Zealand, which in turn puts a huge pressure on families, schools and the incredible teachers who nurture our children’s passion for learning.

To help teachers get the support they need to teach remotely, we’ve made tools like Hangouts Meet and Google Classroom available for free, provided training and tips through both Google and YouTube, and launched Teach from Home with UNESCO as a central hub for teachers around the world.

We have also made the premium version of our video conferencing software, called Meet, free to all of our New Zealand and global G-Suite customers until September 2020, to allow large meetings, livestreams and meeting recordings.

We all know the power of great teachers and inspiring lessons, and we hope these steps will help our kids continue to learn for as long as schools remain closed, and return energised when the education system re-opens.

Contributing to business continuity and economic recovery

Small businesses are the heart of our economy and communities and, from small retailers to restaurants, they've been hit hardest by the outbreak.

Last week we launched Google for Small Business, which provides Kiwi small- and medium- sized businesses with helpful advice, resources, and tools, to navigate challenges caused by COVID-19.

We also announced an $800 million commitment to support small businesses, health organizations and governments with access to finance, ad credits and grants to help meet the costs of the virus. Local small businesses can find more information here.

Promoting authoritative and reliable information sources

It's crucial that people have access to health information they can trust online, so they can make the right decisions to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19. We've surfaced the latest updates and health advice from international health authorities across Search, Maps and YouTube. We've also helped promote hygiene awareness campaigns, shared travel advisories, and shared regular updates on the Search trends we are seeing as Kiwis look for help and information.

We’re working closely with the All of Government team and the Ministry of Health to ensure public health messages are being found by Kiwis wherever they’re searching. These messages have appeared across Google and YouTube to help Kiwis to keep informed. We’re also providing Community Mobility Reports - that analyse aggregate, anonymised location history and provide local insights into the impact of social distancing.

We’ve also stepped up our work to curb misinformation spreading on Google, YouTube or through apps on the Play Store. We have already taken down thousands of YouTube videos featuring dangerous or misleading coronavirus information, and we continue to remove videos that promote medically unproven methods to prevent coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment.

Reliable information is vital in the fight to slow the virus’ spread and ultimately prepare for economic recovery. We’ll continue working to expand the number of authoritative sources that people can trust, and combat misinformation that can risk people’s health and hold back the global response.

COVID-19 puts intense demands on us all, and we’re determined to do our part in this unprecedented time: to enable access to trusted information, support remote learning, back small businesses, and more. We’re ready to stand with all Kiwis and do all we can to help as we overcome COVID-19 and shape a stronger future.

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Resources to help Kiwi businesses manage through uncertainty caused by COVID-19

Small businesses are at the heart of New Zealand’s economy and local communities. So while COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for Kiwi businesses, we want to make sure the best of Google’s business resources and tools are readily available and helpful to get them through this time.

Today, Google New Zealand has launched Google for Small Business (, a new online hub to provide helpful advice and resources to small and medium businesses as they navigate challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19.

The resources are designed to help businesses communicate effectively with their customers and employees, and maintain business operations and continuity planning in response to fast changing external conditions.

It includes step-by-step advice and links so business owners can adjust their existing arrangements as needed - for example, in response to having to temporarily close shopfront operations or moving employees to remote working arrangements.

The launch of this site closely follows an announcement by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who has committed USD$800+ million globally to support small- medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organisations and governments, and health workers on the front line of this global pandemic.

It also builds on steps already taken by Google including making video conferencing and productivity tools available free of charge for customers working remotely and for educational purposes, and providing online tips to small businesses.

A summary of the tips and resources are below:

Keep your customers informed
  • If your business or one of your locations has temporarily closed, mark the location as temporarily closed on Google Maps and Search.
  • If you have moved business operations to online, takeaway or delivery, edit your Business Profile on Google so customers know how to buy from you
  • Use Posts to tell customers on your Business Profile what is happening and if there are changes to how you are operating - for example, if you are now offering online sales or delivery or special offers.
  • If you have a shopfront which is closed but you’re still taking phone calls, update your business phone number to your mobile phone, so you can answer business calls remotely.
  • Set an email auto-reply to share your latest updates with customers - for example, if you are temporarily closed, or taking phone, online or delivery orders.

Continue to adapt to new customer behaviour
  • Ask what customers need from a business like yours right now - consider reaching out directly via your social media channels, or using tools like Google Trends and Google Alerts for insight into your local market or industry.
  • If you do not have a website for your business, start by getting a domain and exploring options for building a website. Your website can be simple – just make sure you include key information about your business and how potential customers can contact you.
  • Consider starting a free YouTube channel for your business. You can create videos to introduce your business, showcase what’s great about your products or services or teach customers how to do something new.

Run your business remotely
  • Help you and your team to effectively work from home with these tools and resources
  • Make a business continuity plan, and share it with employees via an email address they can access it outside of the office.
  • Collaborate with your co-workers using online tools and platforms - for example using a shared document, a quick conference call, or by creating an email list or a chat room.
  • Make sure you’re able to access important documents from anywhere by uploading them to the Cloud through tools like Google Drive or downloading to your mobile phone or computer for offline access.
  • If you’re using Chromebooks, ensure they have the right policies in place to access company resources from home and to keep devices and data secure.

Adjust your advertising (if necessary)

  • Edit your ads as needed to let customers know whether you're open for business and if you offer helpful services like expedited shipping.
  • Pause campaigns if your product availability is impacted by supply chain issues, increased demand, or other restrictions.
  • If your business relies on customers from countries most affected by the virus, consider prioritising your ad budget to other locations.

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How we’re supporting Research in Kiwi Universities

Whether it is better tracking and trapping of introduced predators in our native bush, or improved breast cancer screening technology, more and more researchers, organisations and businesses are using artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle big problems.

In fact, we believe that there are numerous other challenges that could be addressed with AI and have made it our mission to make the benefits of these technologies available to everyone. Helping foster Kiwi AI talent with programs like digital readiness courses for teachers is a key component of that.

Today, we’re excited to announce two new programmes arriving in New Zealand.

Launch of exploreCSR
We're launching exploreCSR in New Zealand in April which aims to enhance the undergraduate experience and to motivate more women to pursue graduate study and research careers in Computer Science and related fields. Throughout the year, the awards programme promotes the design, development, and execution of regional research-focused workshops. This will be the first time the programme has been run outside the US.

Google Faculty Research Awards
In September 2019, we opened our annual call for the Google Faculty Research Awards, a program focused on supporting world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering and related fields at some of the world’s best computer science departments.

One outstanding Kiwi researcher will now be supported with funding for one year to help them advance their research in areas like algorithms and security:

  • Kelly Blincoe, from the University of Auckland. Kelly aims to investigate the impact of non-inclusive behaviour that happens during software code review. Her study will enable a better understanding of the impacts of a toxic code review culture, enabling better code review guidelines and tools and paving the way for future research on interventions.

For the 2019 awards, we received 917 proposals from about 50 countries and over 330 universities, with all proposals undergoing an extensive review process involving 1100 expert reviewers across Google who assessed the proposals on merit, innovation, and alignment with our research philosophy.

Congratulations again to Kelly!

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