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New Zealand news and notes from Google

Furthering our long-term support of the New Zealand News Industry and Countering COVID-19-related Misinformation



A thriving news industry is fundamental to the health of our society—and well-functioning political, social, and economic institutions. That is important to Google, too: our mission, after all, is to make the world’s information accessible and useful to everyone.


A critical aspect of that work today concerns the COVID-19 pandemic. All over the globe, a massive immunisation effort is underway. The relatively rapid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and the great anxiety that the pandemic has provoked have made this topic particularly susceptible to misinformation. Journalists can play a fundamental role by listening to their audiences’ concerns and providing corrective information about any misconceptions that are circulating.


To support this work, the Google News Initiative launched a $3M Open Fund aimed at projects planning to reach audiences underserved by fact-checking with content about the COVID-19 vaccine.


Today we’re delighted to announce that we are providing funding to Stuff, to support their campaign “The Whole Truth: COVID-19 Vaccination”. In partnership with Māori Television and the Pacific Media Network, this project will be critical in reaching Māori and Pacific communities in Aotearoa, with accurate and easy to understand information on the vaccine and addressing vaccine misinformation. 


“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve seen misinformation and conspiracy theories on the virus, and vaccines in particular, reach fever-pitch,” says Stuff editorial director Mark Stevens. 

 

“Our priority is ensuring we can get our trustworthy journalism to the audiences that need it, so people can be armed with the facts when making decisions about how to protect themselves from the virus. We commend the Google News Initiative for recognising the desperate need to fight misinformation around this important topic.”


This funding complements Google’s wider efforts to promote authoritative vaccine information, including YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are proud of this very practical initiative with one of our New Zealand news partners, which will directly benefit our local community. This is an important element of a larger, comprehensive approach by Google to contribute to the long-term vibrancy of public interest news and quality journalism. 


Supporting New Zealand’s news industry 


Last year we reflected on the work we’ve been doing in New Zealand to support the news industry and we’re proud of how we’re supporting local authorities, businesses and media partners to ensure they’re able to share vital information with New Zealanders in moments that matter. In 2020 alone, Google provided the New Zealand Government, small businesses and NGOs with Ad Grants to the value of NZ$8.5 million, to ensure Kiwis were finding information they needed when they were searching for it.


We also recognise the value of local reporting during a time of crisis, so as the pandemic swept through the world we delivered special funding to 76 news organisations across New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and the Pacific through the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund


Supporting the new ways Kiwis find news 


It is clear that the media landscape has been changing in New Zealand, and around the world, over the past few decades. As Google continues to support the news industry with new programs and products, there have been some questions around the relationship between digital platforms and news publishers. New research by economists at Accenture, shows that newspaper circulation steadily declined between 1950 and 1994, as new technologies and opportunities emerged. The total digital advertising market trebled from 2013 to 2020 and many newspapers shifted their subscriptions online and developed advertising to display on their own websites. However, as the Accenture research demonstrates, the key source of newspaper revenue, classified ads, shifted to new innovative websites such as realestate.co.nz. We’ve seen a similar development in Australia where more than 90% of the decline in newspaper revenue was due to the significant drop in classifieds. 


People come to Google to search for many things, whether it's ‘how to videos’, recipes, sport, weather, outfit ideas, or home insurance. News is a very small part of this content and makes up a tiny proportion of overall search queries. In 2019, news-related queries made up just below 1.5% of total queries on Google Search in New Zealand. These search queries helped people to find their way directly to news websites, and that’s another, direct way in which our services and technologies help the news industry. 


With the news moving faster than ever, it's clear that journalism is an essential way to keep people informed. Last year we announced News Showcase, a new program designed to bring value to both publishers and readers by providing a licensing program that pays publishers to curate content for story panels across Google services, and gives readers more insights into the stories that matter. We will begin outreach to potential News Showcase partners in New Zealand later this year.


Google is committed to supporting the promotion of accurate and critical information and longer term, we’ll continue to partner, along with many others, to support a strong future for journalism in New Zealand.


Post content Caroline Rainsford, Country Director, Google New Zealand

Celebrating the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in today’s Doodle

Today, as we collectively recognise the 1840 signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Google New Zealand’s Doodle depicts Te Whare Rūnanga - an important landmark of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds - in acknowledgement of Waitangi Day.



Nestled in the far northern Bay of Islands, surrounded by 140 subtropical islands, Waitangi stands out both for its beauty and for the history it carries for Aotearoa. These grounds are often referred to as “Te Pito Whenua, The Birthplace of our Nation” in reference to the site where New Zealand's Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Upon this significant place, standing proudly is Te Whare Rūnanga (the House of Assembly) which, alongside the Treaty House, is representative of the partnership between Māori and the British Crown. 


Opened on the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi as a place to bring people together for important hui (meetings), visitors from all over New Zealand and the world have come to gather at and observe the Whare as one of the most important historical sites for Aotearoa. The unique carvings and intricate tukutuku panels in the Whare design represent Māori throughout Aotearoa as it brings together the stories and styles of all Iwi (tribes), and thus showcases a completely unique gallery of Māori art, as well as an example of Māori social and cultural life. 


Waitangi Treaty Grounds Cultural Manager Mori Rapana was consulted throughout the Doodle design process and said, “In Māori culture, the structure itself is seen as an outstretched body, with the roof’s apex at the front of the house representing the ancestor’s head. The main ridge beam represents the backbone, the diagonal bargeboards which lead out from the roof are the arms and the lower ends of the bargeboards divide to represent fingers. Inside, the centre pole is seen as the heart, the rafters reflect the ancestor’s ribs, and the interior is the ancestor’s chest and stomach.”


I interpret the lines on either side of the green base as representing hands holding up the Whare and thus bringing us as a nation together. The flicks on either side of the whare to me represent a bird spreading its wings, and the outline of the drawing to represent the wings of a kite - which in Māori culture is what brought the East and the West coast together.”


Kiwis all over New Zealand can also take a journey through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds today, through Inside the Treaty Grounds, a digital experience on Google Arts and Culture. Captured in 2017 in partnership with CyArk, to celebrate and share the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kiwis and those abroad alike can learn and explore more about this historic site. On mobile devices, searching for “Waitangi Treaty Grounds” brings up an AR experience that allows you to view the Meeting House in your own space.


Search on mobile device for 'Waitangi Treaty Grounds' to view in your space


Together with our partners, we’re privileged to help celebrate and preserve the Waitangi Treaty Grounds through technology, to share this history and culture with the world.



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Celebrating the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in today’s Doodle

Today, as we collectively recognise the 1840 signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Google New Zealand’s Doodle depicts Te Whare Rūnanga - an important landmark of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds - in acknowledgement of Waitangi Day.



Nestled in the far northern Bay of Islands, surrounded by 140 subtropical islands, Waitangi stands out both for its beauty and for the history it carries for Aotearoa. These grounds are often referred to as “Te Pito Whenua, The Birthplace of our Nation” in reference to the site where New Zealand's Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Upon this significant place, standing proudly is Te Whare Rūnanga (the House of Assembly) which, alongside the Treaty House, is representative of the partnership between Māori and the British Crown. 


Opened on the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi as a place to bring people together for important hui (meetings), visitors from all over New Zealand and the world have come to gather at and observe the Whare as one of the most important historical sites for Aotearoa. The unique carvings and intricate tukutuku panels in the Whare design represent Māori throughout Aotearoa as it brings together the stories and styles of all Iwi (tribes), and thus showcases a completely unique gallery of Māori art, as well as an example of Māori social and cultural life. 


Waitangi Treaty Grounds Cultural Manager Mori Rapana was consulted throughout the Doodle design process and said, “In Māori culture, the structure itself is seen as an outstretched body, with the roof’s apex at the front of the house representing the ancestor’s head. The main ridge beam represents the backbone, the diagonal bargeboards which lead out from the roof are the arms and the lower ends of the bargeboards divide to represent fingers. Inside, the centre pole is seen as the heart, the rafters reflect the ancestor’s ribs, and the interior is the ancestor’s chest and stomach.”


I interpret the lines on either side of the green base as representing hands holding up the Whare and thus bringing us as a nation together. The flicks on either side of the whare to me represent a bird spreading its wings, and the outline of the drawing to represent the wings of a kite - which in Māori culture is what brought the East and the West coast together.”


Kiwis all over New Zealand can also take a journey through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds today, through Inside the Treaty Grounds, a digital experience on Google Arts and Culture. Captured in 2017 in partnership with CyArk, to celebrate and share the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kiwis and those abroad alike can learn and explore more about this historic site. On mobile devices, searching for “Waitangi Treaty Grounds” brings up an AR experience that allows you to view the Meeting House in your own space.


Search on mobile device for 'Waitangi Treaty Grounds' to view in your space


Together with our partners, we’re privileged to help celebrate and preserve the Waitangi Treaty Grounds through technology, to share this history and culture with the world.



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New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos & Creators for 2020

As The World Changed, This Is What You Were Watching 


Startling unsuspecting bystanders with perfect Chinese pronunciation. Global news outlets marvelling at New Zealand’s COVID response. An astonishing time lapse of productivity to build an underground house.


While 2020 may have been a little different to what we expected, Kiwis sought escapism and humour in what they chose to watch on YouTube.


As the world changed in unimaginable ways, we looked to creators and artists to help us make sense of these shifts, find wonder, and expand our boundaries beyond the four walls of our homes.


We love to check out how we’re seen internationally; Australia’s TODAY gave a Kiwi truck driver hero recognition; CNN reviewed our COVID-19 response; and CaspianReport put us in the centre of a power play. 


While we weren’t able to travel overseas, we still looked for escapism outside our borders and when audiences sought out sources of levity, creators provided no shortage of options: MrBeast set some heartwarming challenges; Mr Tfue orchestrated a remarkable underground pool build and global breakout star Tiko’s unique music was a hit. 


Also included among this year’s top trending videos: Kiwi creator Torrell Tafa surprised people with perfect Samoan in South Auckland and ZHC showed off his creativity. While engagement was up across YouTube, these 10 videos resonated with Kiwi viewers the most. Collectively, they were watched more than 586 million times and the channels behind them total more than 33 million subscribers.


Top Trending Videos (NZ)

  1. Tiko - Tiko - Fishy On Me

  2. Mr. Tfue - 60 Days Build Millionaire Underground Swimming Pool House

  3. CNN - This country has very few Covid-19 deaths. See how they did it

  4. The Survival - Building The Most Secret Underground House And Water Slide To Swimming Pool Underground

  5. Torrell Tafa - White Guy Speaks Perfect Samoan in South Auckland 🇼🇸

  6. Xiaomanyc 小马在纽约 - Clueless White Guy Orders in Perfect Chinese, Shocks Patrons and Staff

  7. MrBeast - Anything You Can Fit In The Circle I’ll Pay For

  8. TODAY - Hero truck driver has hosts in stitches | Today Show Australia

  9. CaspianReport - New Zealand at the centre of big power play

  10. ZHC - Surprising Charli D'Amelio With 20 Custom iPhone 11s!!📱📞 ft. TikTok & LilHuddy (Giveaway)


This year’s top creators list demonstrates MrBeast’s continuing impact, and the popularity of gaming creators like Dream, Tiko, and LazarBeam, who found connection through social gaming.


Top Creators (NZ)


  1. MrBeast

  2. Dream

  3. ZHC

  4. LazarBeam

  5. Jelly

  6. Fresh

  7. PrestonPlayz

  8. Chloe Ting

  9. Sidemen

  10. Tiko


Among the year’s breakout creators, Aussie Chloe Ting helped viewers sweat at home with workout challenges, Hyram shared his take on beauty trends and Mr Nigel Ng gave us something to laugh about. 


Breakout Creators (NZ)


  1. Dream

  2. Chloe Ting

  3. Tiko

  4. charli d’amelio

  5. Dixie D’Amelio

  6. GeorgeNotFound

  7. Addison Rae

  8. mrnigelng

  9. Corpse Husband

  10. Hyram


In music, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion took on the world of hip-hop, Justin Bieber cemented his influence, but it's homegrown artist Benee we’re so proud to see featured near the top. 


Top Music Videos (NZ)

  1. Future - Life is Good ft. Drake

  2. Justin Bieber - Yummy

  3. Benee - Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton

  4. Tekashi 6ix9ine - Gooba

  5. Justin Bieber - Intentions ft. Quavo

  6. STNDRD Music - My Uso ft. Masi Rooc, Lisi, Biggs & Ron Moala

  7. Sidhu Moose Wala - Old Skool, Prem Dhillon ft. Sidhu Moose Wala, Nseeb, Rahul Chahal, Gold Media, The Kidd

  8. Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion 

  9. Eminem - Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD

  10. Doja Cat - Say So


For a deeper look at the way video trends shaped digital culture in 2020, check out the Culture & Trends site



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New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos & Creators for 2020

As The World Changed, This Is What You Were Watching 


Startling unsuspecting bystanders with perfect Chinese pronunciation. Global news outlets marvelling at New Zealand’s COVID response. An astonishing time lapse of productivity to build an underground house.


While 2020 may have been a little different to what we expected, Kiwis sought escapism and humour in what they chose to watch on YouTube.


As the world changed in unimaginable ways, we looked to creators and artists to help us make sense of these shifts, find wonder, and expand our boundaries beyond the four walls of our homes.


We love to check out how we’re seen internationally; Australia’s TODAY gave a Kiwi truck driver hero recognition; CNN reviewed our COVID-19 response; and CaspianReport put us in the centre of a power play. 


While we weren’t able to travel overseas, we still looked for escapism outside our borders and when audiences sought out sources of levity, creators provided no shortage of options: MrBeast set some heartwarming challenges; Mr Tfue orchestrated a remarkable underground pool build and global breakout star Tiko’s unique music was a hit. 


Also included among this year’s top trending videos: Kiwi creator Torrell Tafa surprised people with perfect Samoan in South Auckland and ZHC showed off his creativity. While engagement was up across YouTube, these 10 videos resonated with Kiwi viewers the most. Collectively, they were watched more than 586 million times and the channels behind them total more than 33 million subscribers.


Top Trending Videos (NZ)

  1. Tiko - Tiko - Fishy On Me

  2. Mr. Tfue - 60 Days Build Millionaire Underground Swimming Pool House

  3. CNN - This country has very few Covid-19 deaths. See how they did it

  4. The Survival - Building The Most Secret Underground House And Water Slide To Swimming Pool Underground

  5. Torrell Tafa - White Guy Speaks Perfect Samoan in South Auckland 🇼🇸

  6. Xiaomanyc 小马在纽约 - Clueless White Guy Orders in Perfect Chinese, Shocks Patrons and Staff

  7. MrBeast - Anything You Can Fit In The Circle I’ll Pay For

  8. TODAY - Hero truck driver has hosts in stitches | Today Show Australia

  9. CaspianReport - New Zealand at the centre of big power play

  10. ZHC - Surprising Charli D'Amelio With 20 Custom iPhone 11s!!📱📞 ft. TikTok & LilHuddy (Giveaway)


This year’s top creators list demonstrates MrBeast’s continuing impact, and the popularity of gaming creators like Dream, Tiko, and LazarBeam, who found connection through social gaming.


Top Creators (NZ)


  1. MrBeast

  2. Dream

  3. ZHC

  4. LazarBeam

  5. Jelly

  6. Fresh

  7. PrestonPlayz

  8. Chloe Ting

  9. Sidemen

  10. Tiko


Among the year’s breakout creators, Aussie Chloe Ting helped viewers sweat at home with workout challenges, Hyram shared his take on beauty trends and Mr Nigel Ng gave us something to laugh about. 


Breakout Creators (NZ)


  1. Dream

  2. Chloe Ting

  3. Tiko

  4. charli d’amelio

  5. Dixie D’Amelio

  6. GeorgeNotFound

  7. Addison Rae

  8. mrnigelng

  9. Corpse Husband

  10. Hyram


In music, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion took on the world of hip-hop, Justin Bieber cemented his influence, but it's homegrown artist Benee we’re so proud to see featured near the top. 


Top Music Videos (NZ)

  1. Future - Life is Good ft. Drake

  2. Justin Bieber - Yummy

  3. Benee - Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton

  4. Tekashi 6ix9ine - Gooba

  5. Justin Bieber - Intentions ft. Quavo

  6. STNDRD Music - My Uso ft. Masi Rooc, Lisi, Biggs & Ron Moala

  7. Sidhu Moose Wala - Old Skool, Prem Dhillon ft. Sidhu Moose Wala, Nseeb, Rahul Chahal, Gold Media, The Kidd

  8. Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion 

  9. Eminem - Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD

  10. Doja Cat - Say So


For a deeper look at the way video trends shaped digital culture in 2020, check out the Culture & Trends site



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New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos & Creators for 2020

As The World Changed, This Is What You Were Watching 


Startling unsuspecting bystanders with perfect Chinese pronunciation. Global news outlets marvelling at New Zealand’s COVID response. An astonishing time lapse of productivity to build an underground house.


While 2020 may have been a little different to what we expected, Kiwis sought escapism and humour in what they chose to watch on YouTube.


As the world changed in unimaginable ways, we looked to creators and artists to help us make sense of these shifts, find wonder, and expand our boundaries beyond the four walls of our homes.


We love to check out how we’re seen internationally; Australia’s TODAY gave a Kiwi truck driver hero recognition; CNN reviewed our COVID-19 response; and CaspianReport put us in the centre of a power play. 


While we weren’t able to travel overseas, we still looked for escapism outside our borders and when audiences sought out sources of levity, creators provided no shortage of options: MrBeast set some heartwarming challenges; Mr Tfue orchestrated a remarkable underground pool build and global breakout star Tiko’s unique music was a hit. 


Also included among this year’s top trending videos: Kiwi creator Torrell Tafa surprised people with perfect Samoan in South Auckland and ZHC showed off his creativity. While engagement was up across YouTube, these 10 videos resonated with Kiwi viewers the most. Collectively, they were watched more than 586 million times and the channels behind them total more than 33 million subscribers.


Top Trending Videos (NZ)

  1. Tiko - Tiko - Fishy On Me

  2. Mr. Tfue - 60 Days Build Millionaire Underground Swimming Pool House

  3. CNN - This country has very few Covid-19 deaths. See how they did it

  4. The Survival - Building The Most Secret Underground House And Water Slide To Swimming Pool Underground

  5. Torrell Tafa - White Guy Speaks Perfect Samoan in South Auckland 🇼🇸

  6. Xiaomanyc 小马在纽约 - Clueless White Guy Orders in Perfect Chinese, Shocks Patrons and Staff

  7. MrBeast - Anything You Can Fit In The Circle I’ll Pay For

  8. TODAY - Hero truck driver has hosts in stitches | Today Show Australia

  9. CaspianReport - New Zealand at the centre of big power play

  10. ZHC - Surprising Charli D'Amelio With 20 Custom iPhone 11s!!📱📞 ft. TikTok & LilHuddy (Giveaway)


This year’s top creators list demonstrates MrBeast’s continuing impact, and the popularity of gaming creators like Dream, Tiko, and LazarBeam, who found connection through social gaming.


Top Creators (NZ)


  1. MrBeast

  2. Dream

  3. ZHC

  4. LazarBeam

  5. Jelly

  6. Fresh

  7. PrestonPlayz

  8. Chloe Ting

  9. Sidemen

  10. Tiko


Among the year’s breakout creators, Aussie Chloe Ting helped viewers sweat at home with workout challenges, Hyram shared his take on beauty trends and Mr Nigel Ng gave us something to laugh about. 


Breakout Creators (NZ)


  1. Dream

  2. Chloe Ting

  3. Tiko

  4. charli d’amelio

  5. Dixie D’Amelio

  6. GeorgeNotFound

  7. Addison Rae

  8. mrnigelng

  9. Corpse Husband

  10. Hyram


In music, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion took on the world of hip-hop, Justin Bieber cemented his influence, but it's homegrown artist Benee we’re so proud to see featured near the top. 


Top Music Videos (NZ)

  1. Future - Life is Good ft. Drake

  2. Justin Bieber - Yummy

  3. Benee - Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton

  4. Tekashi 6ix9ine - Gooba

  5. Justin Bieber - Intentions ft. Quavo

  6. STNDRD Music - My Uso ft. Masi Rooc, Lisi, Biggs & Ron Moala

  7. Sidhu Moose Wala - Old Skool, Prem Dhillon ft. Sidhu Moose Wala, Nseeb, Rahul Chahal, Gold Media, The Kidd

  8. Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion 

  9. Eminem - Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD

  10. Doja Cat - Say So


For a deeper look at the way video trends shaped digital culture in 2020, check out the Culture & Trends site



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Year in Search: Kiwis Top Trending Searches for 2020 Revealed

From banana bread to Bloomfield and Benee, this year’s top trending searches show what puzzled, intrigued and entertained us this year. 



People come to Google Search for help in moments big and small billions of times a day - whether it’s to ask what is matariki, to find the lyrics to Kiwi Jawsh685’s Savage Love or understand antifa. Which is why, for the past 20 years, Google’s annual Year in Search moment has provided a window into the cultural zeitgeist. 



So let’s take this moment is a time for reflection, and look at some of the themes that defined 2020 for Kiwis:



Staying home and figuring it out

As Alert Levels and Dr Ashley Bloomfield became part of our everyday vernacular, we quickly became adjusted to the new language of a pandemic, in understanding lockdown restrictions and how best to protect ourselves. We made face masks and hand sanitizer, and as we stayed home and faced job uncertainty, we looked to Work and Income for support. We relied on the Ministry of Health as knowledge became power in understanding the pandemic. We also discovered new ways to continue to work and learn online, through productivity and learning tools like Zoom, Seesaw and Education Perfect. 



Culinary curiosity, but make it simple

Kiwis searched for “easy recipes” more than most other countries in March, reflecting either a newfound vigour or fear for the home cooking adventure of lockdown. Putting all the flour to good use, baked goods were king - hot cross buns, scones and pancakes all popular options. Naan and butter chicken were the more interesting savoury fare. Perhaps showing the limited runs to the supermarket, we also wanted to know how to make buttermilk and self raising flour. Chelsea Winter was an inspiration as was a plant based diet. And to counter earlier indulgences we wanted to know how to lose weight...fast.



Kiwis supporting Kiwis

In a year when many businesses faced tough times, Kiwis searched for "shop local" and "small business"  more than we have for a decade. We showed greater interest in the economic market with NZX50 and Sharesies both trending. Homegrown talent piqued our interest as they made their mark overseas; Taika Waititi kept us entertained (at home) during lockdowns, Benee performed on a global stage, and Israel Adesanya, appearing on the trending Kiwis list for the second year in a row, showed his prowess in MMA fighting internationally. And in true Kiwi style, sporting heroes Lydio Ko, Ross Taylor and Dan Carter broke through.



Politically Engaged

Once we figured out how to vote, Kiwis showed their civic engagement with strong interest in our local election and the political figures who defined our election race. We were also following events happening worldwide closely, with international politicians making up half of the public figures on New Zealand’s list of trending international faces, and ‘US Election Results’ making it to second place of the Overall Trending Searches list. 



More than ever, New Zealand’s top trending searches reflect a year of seeking new information, understanding and awareness of the world around us. 



Overall Trending Searches:

  1. Coronavirus 

  2. US Election Results 

  3. Zoom

  4. SeeSaw

  5. Kobe Bryant 

  6. Ministry of Health 

  7. Education Perfect 

  8. Work and Income

  9. Naya Rivera 

  10. Sharesies 



News Events:

  1. Coronavirus 

  2. US Election Results 

  3. Australia fires 

  4. Election Results NZ 

  5. Nzx50 

  6. Iran 

  7. Italy Coronavirus 

  8. Beirut 

  9. Level 2

  10. Iowa Caucus 



Kiwi Celebs:

  1. Hayley Holt 

  2. Israel Adesanya

  3. Ashley Bloomfield

  4. Lydia Ko

  5. David Bain 

  6. Taika Waititi

  7. Chelsea Winter

  8. Benee 

  9. Dan Carter 

  10. Ross Taylor 



Global Figures:

  1. Kim Jong Un

  2. Donald Trump 

  3. Boris Johnson

  4. Joe Biden 

  5. Tom Hanks 

  6. Elon Musk 

  7. Joe Exotic 

  8. Kamala Harris

  9. Carole Baskin

  10. Kanye West  



New Zealand Politicians:

  1. Todd Muller

  2. Jacinda Ardern 

  3. Judith Collins

  4. Simon Bridges 

  5. Chloe Swarbrick 

  6. David Clark 

  7. Andrew Falloon

  8. David Seymour 

  9. Winston Peters 



How To:

  1. How to make a face mask? 

  2. How to make hand sanitizer?

  3. How to vote NZ?

  4. How to lose weight fast? 

  5. How to make buttermilk? 

  6. How to make pancakes? 

  7. How to make self raising flour? 

  8. How to make naan bread? 

  9. How to make bread? 

  10. How to use Zoom? 



What is:

  1. What is Coronavirus? 

  2. What is the name of the Kingdom in Tangled? 

  3. What is Level 2? 

  4. What is a pandemic? 

  5. What is Matariki? 

  6. What is the time? 

  7. What is a simp? 

  8. What is buttermilk? 

  9. What is 5g? 

  10. What is antifa? 



Loss:

  1. Kobe Bryant 

  2. George Floyd 

  3. Chadwick Boseman 

  4. Caroline Flack 

  5. Sushant Singh Rajpu 

  6. Kenny Rogers

  7. Kelly Preston 

  8. Eddie Van Halen 

  9. Sean Connery

  10. Rishi Kapoor  



Recipe:

  1. Hot cross bun

  2. Scone

  3. Banana bread

  4. Bread

  5. Naan bread

  6. Banana cake

  7. Carrot cake

  8. Butter chicken

  9. Ciabatta

  10. Pancake



Sporting Events:

  1. India vs New Zealand

  2. All Blacks vs Australia

  3. NRL

  4. EPL

  5. Champions League

  6. Premier League

  7. IPL

  8. Australia Open 2020

  9. Super Rugby 2020

  10. Mitre 10 Cup



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Google and Spark deliver no-cost digital skills training for SMEs

Google and Spark are launching a tailored programme of digital skills training designed especially for New Zealand small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The programme is fully virtual and will run through November initially, with future dates to be announced. It aims to support those small businesses that see a clear need to digitise if they are to operate more productively and continue to thrive, but either don’t know where to start or simply want some extra support along the way. 


Hosted through Spark Lab, the programme will initially be available to Spark customers only, but the intention is to open it up more widely over time. It has been designed based on a survey of Spark SME customers in October – which showed that while there is appetite for digital upskilling by Kiwi SMEs, knowing where to start can sometimes be the first hurdle. Full details may be found at sparklab.co.nz and business owners will learn about various strategies and Google tools to help their businesses be found and stand out online. The goal is that this digital skills training will further safeguard Kiwi businesses against the effects of COVID-19 by helping them be more productive in an uncertain economy. 



Kate Jarrett, owner of Loxy’s Salons in Auckland has participated in similar Google digital skills workshops and said, “The tools I learnt through the Google digital skills workshop were invaluable to my business both pre and post Covid. I was amazed to learn that these tools and insights were available to me and so many of them at no cost too. I wondered how I’d fumbled my way through business up until then, and thought of how different things may have been for me had I utilized these tools much earlier in my business journey. In the constantly evolving and often uncertain world of business, I feel at ease knowing I have these Google tools at my disposal to pivot quickly and stay one step ahead.”



Spark Marketing Director Matt Bain said, “In the past year, we have seen a massive shift by consumers from physical to digital channels. This is a big opportunity for many of our SMEs to use what are often cheaper and more effective channels to reach their customers. Spark wants to support them to grab this opportunity. It’s fantastic to have a like-minded partner in Google, who will work alongside us to help remove some of the barriers Kiwi SMEs face when it comes to reaching and serving their customers.”



Google New Zealand Country Director, Caro Rainsford said “As long time partners, Spark and Google share a common goal of assisting all Kiwis with digital growth and supporting economic recovery. I’m so pleased that at a time where economic recovery is at the forefront of business strategy, we’re able to reach a broad group of SMEs across New Zealand and continue to share the knowledge, expertise and opportunity afforded through Google’s tools for businesses.” 



The program will be run by a team of Google Digital Strategists and focus on three main areas:


  • Getting your business online: Insights show many small businesses aren’t aware of the free marketing tools available to them through Google My Business, so this will be about maximising a Business Profile on Google.

  • Reaching new customers online: With New Zealand’s economy under increasing pressure, we know that small businesses are being impacted. This module will be about connecting with customers in moments that matter.

  • Protect your online presence: When growing a digital presence it's also important to secure and safeguard your business by staying safe online. Protect your website and learn best practices for online safety.


Spark business customers can opt in to the most relevant workshops for their business and find out more information at sparklab.co.nz.


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Reflecting on our Google News Initiative work in Aotearoa New Zealand



Today, we reflect on the past two years of the Google News Initiative as we publish our first GNI Impact report. Our efforts have reached every corner of the world, including here in New Zealand, and we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished in those two and a half years with our partners. We’ve learned that New Zealand’s news industry is resilient, entrepreneurial and diverse. Therefore, despite the shadow of the pandemic and long-term shifts in consumer behaviour that have upended traditional business models, there is reason for hope and optimism.


But we also learned that crises can be unexpected and require unprecedented support. That’s why when the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, we refocused our efforts to short-term relief through the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. Publications across Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands, have received funding to support local reporting throughout the crisis. We were able to provide financial support to a total of 76 news organisations across the Pacific. 



As we look back, here are some highlights of our work in Aotearoa, which spanned three key areas:


Elevating quality journalism


Helping newsrooms to create quality journalism is the first pillar of the Google News Initiative, and this work started here in early 2019 through our partnership with the Walkley Foundation and the work of our News Lab Teaching Fellows. Together, we provided training workshops across New Zealand to support a sustainable future for journalists and to make sure that journalists and media organisations have the digital skills to succeed at their craft. Since then, we’ve trained almost 600 journalists in dozens of newsrooms across the country.


With the recent General Election, the NewsLab team ramped up their efforts, collaborating with news organisations to support online fact-checking. They offered 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. The NewsLab team also launched a bespoke Trends Microsite, which was updated weekly to help Kiwi journalists in their Election reporting, and supported the work of Policy.nz, which helped Kiwis to better understand the core polling issues by creating a complete guide to the election - from party and candidate profiles to summaries of more than 2,000 policies.


Empowering sustainable business growth


Readers’ consumption habits have changed, and media have had to adapt to this ever-evolving environment. We believe in empowering media to find sustainable solutions that will enable their long-term success. For example, we worked with BusinessDesk locally to implement Subscribe with Google, a solution that makes it easier for readers to subscribe to premium content online, and retain access through platforms, to ensure a seamless experience. We hope to help roll this tool out to more publishers across New Zealand soon.


“BusinessDesk is delighted with its experience of being the first news website in NZ to implement Subscribe with Google. The impact on subscription revenue has been immediate and material, and the working relationship with Google a pleasure,” said Pattrick Smellie, CEO of BusinessDesk.


We also welcomed New Zealand Media and Entertainment as part of the first GNI APAC Data Labs cohort. The five month program helped participating news organisations to fully optimise data available to them, but also explore new ways to advance their data maturity. To ensure the lessons from participating publishers were put to good use, we published a playbook capturing use cases to drive data culture in newsrooms. We invite any Kiwi publication to assess their data maturity level here and deep dive into the playbook for applicable solutions.


Empowering newsrooms through innovation


Finally, while the media may face many challenges today, continuous innovation should be front and centre -- and we have seen the innovative spirit through our interactions with Kiwi publications and reporters. Last year, Editor Phillip O’Sullivan was chosen as one of the 12 Fellows for the Google News Initiative (GNI) Newsroom Leadership Program, a collaboration between GNI and the Columbia School of Journalism, to develop the business and product expertise of emerging newsroom leaders from the Asia Pacific region. 


Earlier that year, we also awarded New Zealand Press Patron (Ripple Media Ltd.) as part of the first APAC Innovation Challenge. PressPatron is a media monetisation platform that turns readers into paying supporters, by streamlining the payment process for memberships and donations. Their funded project aims to add new features to their platform, making it easier for traditional publishers to sell print and digital subscriptions under a membership model. 



What’s next


We recently launched the GNI Digital Growth Program in the region, which has been designed with industry experts and news publishers across the world to help small and medium sized news organisations grow their digital businesses. We invite Kiwi media to course through a range of free playbooks, interactive exercises, digital workshops and labs.


We intend to work more closely with local news publishers in New Zealand next year. The focus of our efforts will be on helping publishers innovate to build and optimise their digital advertising revenue streams.


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Google.org Funds InsideOUT to Increase Support of Rainbow Youth in Aotearoa New Zealand

The impact of the COVID-related health crisis is not difficult to see. Every aspect of society has been affected in some way, whether its education, the economy or the way whānau can come together. That’s why in times like this, when marginalised communities are being most adversely affected, organisations like InsideOUT are so important. As a national charity that works to give rainbow or LGBTQIA+ youths in Aotearoa a sense of safety and belonging in their schools and communities, InsideOUT’s mission never stops.



Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, previously announced a global effort to support over 70 organisations around the world to help the LGBTQ+ community impacted by COVID-19, including InsideOUT. New Zealand’s recipient of this support, InsideOUT, will be able to initiate a series of programmes that would not have been possible without this additional grant.



Designed in collaboration with takatāpui, indigenous rainbow young people, their project aims to increase understanding and awareness of takatāpui identities, support wellbeing of takatāpui young people across Aotearoa, and increase the capacity of organisations and communities to understand and support them. 



This will be done through the following initiatives:


  • A Takatāpui Youth Advisory Group of takatāpui young people will be formed to advise on this work and support its direction from initiation to completion.

  • A Takatāpui Awareness Campaign with posters and social media to share affirming video stories for and by Māori rainbow young people. This will combat the challenge of rainbow Maori youth not feeling connected to either their culture or other rainbow communities. Aiming to connect them with resources and information to validate their sense of identity.


  • Creation of a Takatāpui Video Resource with a short film telling the history of takatāpui and sharing intergenerational stories and perspectives on this identity. Working in close partnership with Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, a takatāpui academic and activist, and Tīwhanawhana Trust, this will assist Māori youth and social service organisations to better understand and respect takatāpui young people, and for rainbow organisations and school Queer Straight Alliances to better understand and include Māori young people. 


  • Work with Kura Kaupapa (Māori-medium schools) to support them to make their school environment more inclusive of and for takatāpui, including gender diverse students by developing resources in te reo Māori to support Kura Kaupapa across Aotearoa to upskill staff. 

  • Te Ao Māori Training Workshops on Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), which will include learning about language pronunciation and concepts to help takatāpui young people connect further with their culture, and help non-Māori young people learn more about Māori culture and feel more confident using te reo Māori.

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi Training Programme for InsideOUT’s Board and staff to further increase understanding and awareness for Māori cultural competency to embed this understanding further into strategy and day-to-day work. 


The programme will commence and run through 2021, in partnership with other relevant organisations and Kura Kaupapa, Māori-medium schools.


More about InsideOUT

InsideOUT are here to support young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, genderqueer, genderfluid, asexual, aromantic, takatāpui, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, fa’afafine, mahu, vakasalewalewa, palopa, akava’ine, fakaleiti,fiafifine and fakafifine identities as well as everyone in between, not sure or who prefers a different label or even none at all!


A national charity providing resources, information, workshops, consulting and support for anything concerning rainbow or LGBTQIA+ issues and education for schools, workplaces and community organisations


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