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Bringing our first cloud region to Aotearoa New Zealand

Image: Google New Zealand's office in Auckland


We have now marked 15 years on the ground in New Zealand, and we’re continuing to increase our commitment to helping businesses, communities and educators prepare for a digital future. We know that cloud has a huge role to play in helping our customers harness the full potential of digital transformation, and today, I’m pleased to share that we’re building on our infrastructure investments by bringing our very first cloud region to New Zealand. 


From this, our Kiwi customers will benefit from high-performance, low-latency services and products, as well as  three zones to help protect against service disruptions. Importantly, it’ll give our customers the choice to keep their data onshore and retain data sovereignty if they wish.


Last year, we  announced a Dedicated Cloud Interconnect in Auckland to support local customers, and collectively, the Dedicated Interconnect locations and cloud region will deliver geographically distributed and secure infrastructure to customers across the country - which we know is especially important for those in regulated industries such as Financial Services and the Public Sector.  


We’re looking forward to partnering even more deeply with our customers, and delivering on our unique ability to bring enterprise and consumer ecosystems closer together - across Search, YouTube, Cloud - to deliver more powerful customer experiences, quickly and securely. 


What our Kiwi customers are saying 


Kiwi businesses from a range of industries are choosing Google Cloud as their trusted innovation partner, and we’ll continue to work with our customers to ensure the new cloud region can meet their evolving needs.


“Kami was born out of the digital native era, where in order to scale globally we needed a partner like Google Cloud who could support us on our ongoing innovation journey. We have since delivered an engaging and dependable experience for millions of teachers and students around the world, so it’s incredibly exciting to hear about the new region coming to New Zealand. This investment from Google Cloud will enable us to deliver services with lower latency to our Kiwi users, which will further elevate and optimise our free premium offering to all New Zealand schools,” said Jordan Thoms, Chief Technology Officer at Kami. 


“Our customers are at the heart of our business, and helping Kiwis find what they are looking for, faster than ever before, is our key priority. Our collaboration with Google Cloud has been pivotal in ensuring the stability and resilience of our infrastructure, allowing us to deliver world-class experiences to the 650,000 Kiwis that visit our site everyday. We welcome Google Cloud’s investment in New Zealand, and are looking forward to more opportunities to partner closely on our technology transformation journey,” said   Anders Skoe, CEO at Trade Me. 


“Digital transformation plays a key role in helping Vodafone deliver better customer experiences and connect all Kiwis. We welcome Google Cloud’s investment in New Zealand and look forward to working together to offer more enriched experiences for local businesses, and the communities we serve,” said Jason Paris, CEO at Vodafone New Zealand 


The New Zealand cloud region will be Google Cloud’s third region in Australasia, joining Sydney and Melbourne. Google Cloud has 11 cloud regions already in operation in JAPAC. You can find out more about global cloud infrastructure, including new and upcoming regions here


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2022 Computer Science Grants Awarded to Kiwi Teachers

Teachers transform the lives of young New Zealanders every day. This is why it’s so important that teachers, all across the country, have the knowledge and access to the resources they need to equip their students for the future. 

Google is committed to ensuring that teachers are supported to teach digital technologies to all students and has been providing Educator Professional Development grants to New Zealand teachers for over a decade. The program is focused on teachers who have not historically had access to professional development, particularly those teachers in regional and rural areas. 

Through these grants, teachers will gain the knowledge and skills to confidently teach those core computational thinking concepts and help our students become the next generation of technologists. 
To date, over 20,000 have benefited from Google’s Educator Professional Development Grants program across Australia and New Zealand. 

We’re excited to announce the 2022 grant recipients for New Zealand: 
  • CORE Education 
  • The University of Canterbury 
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 
  • AUT University 


2022 Computer Science Grants Awarded to Kiwi Teachers

Teachers transform the lives of young New Zealanders every day. This is why it’s so important that teachers, all across the country, have the knowledge and access to the resources they need to equip their students for the future. 

Google is committed to ensuring that teachers are supported to teach digital technologies to all students and has been providing Educator Professional Development grants to New Zealand teachers for over a decade. The program is focused on teachers who have not historically had access to professional development, particularly those teachers in regional and rural areas. 

Through these grants, teachers will gain the knowledge and skills to confidently teach those core computational thinking concepts and help our students become the next generation of technologists. 
To date, over 20,000 have benefited from Google’s Educator Professional Development Grants program across Australia and New Zealand. 

We’re excited to announce the 2022 grant recipients for New Zealand: 
  • CORE Education 
  • The University of Canterbury 
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 
  • AUT University 


Our best Chromecast yet, now with Google TV

Image: Chromecast with remote


Chromecast changed the way we enjoy our favourite movies, TV shows and YouTube videos by making it easy and inexpensive to bring your online entertainment to your TV—a revolutionary idea back in 2013. Today, we have more content choices than ever, sprinkled across an ever-expanding variety of apps, which can make it difficult to find what to watch. This inspired us to rethink what simple and easy content discovery on your TV should look like. We've made our biggest leap yet to help you navigate your entertainment choices, bringing together the best of local and global content into one convenient location, with the all-new Chromecast with Google TV. 


Starting from June 22 Chromecast with Google TV will be available in New Zealand for $110, from retailers Noel Leeming, The Warehouse, JB Hifi, Harvey Norman and PB Tech.


Best Chromecast yet 

Chromecast with Google TV has your favourite Chromecast features and now comes with the Google TV entertainment experience. Google TV experience brings together movies, shows and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organises them just for you. We're also bringing our most requested feature—a remote—to Chromecast. 


A new look, inside and out 

The new Chromecast with Google TV comes in a compact and thin design and is packed with the latest technology to give you the best viewing experience. It neatly plugs into your TV's HDMI port and tucks behind your screen. Power it on and you'll be streaming crystal clear video in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second in no time. With Dolby Vision, you’ll get extraordinary colour, contrast and brightness on your TV. We also support HDMI pass-through of Dolby audio content.


Image: Chromecast in a television

More power in your hand 

The new Chromecast voice remote is comfortable to hold, easy to use and full of new features. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button that can help you find something to watch, answer everyday questions like “how's the weather?” or play your favourite artist on YouTube Music all with just your voice. And when it's time to cozy up on the couch for movie night, you can control your smart home lights to set the mood. We also have dedicated buttons for popular streaming services, YouTube and Netflix, to give you instant access to the content you love. Best of all, you won't have to juggle multiple remotes thanks to our programmable TV controls for power, volume and input. 


TV just for you 

In need of some good movie or TV recommendations? Google TV's For You tab gives you personalised watch suggestions from across your subscriptions organised based on what you like to watch. Google TV’s Watchlist lets you bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later. You can add to your Watchlist from your phone or laptop, and it will be waiting on your TV when you get home. 


Best of all, you'll also have access to thousands of apps and the ability to browse 400,000+ movies and TV shows sorted and optimised for what you like—ask Google Assistant to see results from across your favourite apps, like YouTube, TVNZ, Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video, among others.


The Apple TV app, including Apple TV+, is also available on the new Chromecast with Google TV. To access the Apple TV app, navigate to the Apps tab or the apps row in the For You tab. 


Google TV gives users with subscriptions to Apple TV+ the ability to tune into award-winning original shows, movies and documentaries from the world’s most creative storytellers, including Apple Originals, including series like “Ted Lasso” and movies like “Greyhound”. The Apple TV app also gives you access to your library of movie and TV show purchases from Apple, as well as personalised and curated recommendations and Apple TV channels. 


And with Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV+ and Apple TV channels. With Google Assistant, you can also use your voice to ask Google to open the Apple TV app or play an Apple Original title. If you aren’t ready to watch right away, you can add Apple Originals to your Watchlist for later. These features will roll out globally in the coming months.


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Waitangi Day Doodle 2022



As Aotearoa New Zealand pauses today in recognition of the anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, on mountains and coastlines across our landscape, the strong, fibrous leaves of harakeke can be seen blowing in the wind. Sometimes stiff and taller than any person, and sometimes drooping and floppy, with flowers that vary from red to orange to yellow, attracting tūī, korimako (bellbirds), pekapeka (short tailed bats), geckos and all manner of insects to its nectar. Also known as ‘common flax’, harakeke is in fact a lily that provides both shelter and plentiful food for wildlife. 



Harakeke has been used in the traditional art form raranga (flax weaving), which has been passed down through generations in Māoridom, for the creation of everything from baskets to floor mats—even raincoats can be made by combining the harakeke’s hard outer layers together with its soft inner fibres. It also has uses for medicinal purposes, such as aiding in the healing of burns. 



Māori believe the different layers of a harakeke bush symbolise the family lineage—the outer layer represents the grandparents, while the inner layer represents the parents wrapped around the innermost new shoots symbolising the children who all previous generations protect.



Hūtia te rito o te harakeke

Kei hea te kōmako, e kō? 

Kī mai ki ahau he aha te mea nui o tēnei ao? 

Māku e kī atu

He tangata

He tangata

He tangata


If you remove the heart of the flax bush

From where will the Bellbird sing?

If you say to me

What is the most important thing in this world

I will reply to you

It is people, it is people,

It is people!


Emblematic of the distinct native flora that has developed on our islands, why not plant harakeke to attract tūī and other fauna to your backyard?


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Year in Search: New Zealand’s Top Trending Searches for 2021 Revealed

Search can help you find a world of information – and the way people use Search can be a window into the world. 


Here’s a glimpse of the trending searches of 2021, a year we looked for ways to tie a tie, make self-raising flour and solve a Rubik’s Cube. The highs and lows of the year had us keeping updated on locations of interest, looking into crypto and stock prices and taking our measure on the latest standings of the Olympics medal table. Collectively we mourned losses, marvelled at the Met and spent a few afternoons getting the latest announcements from the Ministry of Health.


Here’s a look at some of the themes from 2021:


Comeback Queens and Kings.

2021 was a year of reunions, redemptions and triumphant releases of the musical kind. We were treated to a 90s throwback with our favourite Friends reuniting on the Central Perk couch. Tiger Woods defied odds to get back on the green and swinging; Adele graced the airwaves to teach us all about 30, and the world celebrated when Cleo Smith was returned to her family safe and sound. We searched for banana bread, scones and carrot cake with almost as much vigour as 2020 - though this year we also had guacamole and playdough on the menu.


Crises, COVID-19 and remember that blocked Canal?

Natural disasters captured our attention this year - both on our shores and farther afield. With earthquakes and tsunamis putting us on high alert, we were also shaken by news of the Kermadec Islands. Understandably we continued to seek more and more information about the pandemic, in a year where the vaccine, new variants and changing restrictions kept us on our toes. We sought answers about the crisis in Afghanistan. And remember that supply chain snafu in the Suez Canal?


Shocking absolutely no-one: Kiwis love sport!

Despite a global pandemic, Kiwis were spoiled with a number of suspenseful, powerful and history-making sporting events this year. As always we searched for games of cricket and all their stats, whether it’s us, India, Australia or Pakistan on the pitch - we’re not partial! We spent days on the water with the America’s Cup in Tāmaki Makaurau’s harbour, Lisa Carrington and the other heroic paddlers in Tokyo, and of course Sophie Pascoe’s medal winning triumph in the Paralympics. Once the Olympics medal table was in the rear view mirror, we celebrated Emma Radacanu’s title win. Because not only did our homegrown athletic heroes make us proud, but we had the NBA, Australian Open, NRL and Euros in the line up!


Understanding the oddities of our world.

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. While the world battled COVID-19, we saw our own surge of RSV through the tail end of winter. We wondered when the next Blood Moon would be, and although it comes every year, we struggled to remember when daylight savings ends or even when to treat our loved ones on Valentine’s, Mother’s or Father’s Days. When seeking a little escapism from our daily lives, our searches show we found entertainment in Squid Game, Sweet Tooth and Bridgerton all bringing new perspectives on reality to our small screens. While we’re discussing fact or fiction…what really is going on with Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian?


Every day, millions of people come to Google to ask questions. Check out the top trending search lists here:


Overall

  • COVID-19 NZ

  • NBA

  • Stuff NZ

  • Australia vs India

  • NRL

  • Locations of interest

  • Olympic medal table

  • Cricinfo

  • My covid record

  • Australian Open


Kiwis

  • Lisa Carrington

  • Lydia Ko

  • Judith Collins

  • Brian Tamaki

  • Chris Cairns

  • Lorde

  • Sophie Pascoe

  • Joseph Parker

  • Nicola Willis

  • Valerie Adams


Global Figures

  • Alec Baldwin

  • Christopher Reeve

  • Cleo Smith

  • Travis Scott

  • Kyle Rittenhouse

  • Pete Davidson

  • Emma Raducanu

  • Adele

  • Tiger Woods

  • Conor McGregor


News Events (non COVID-19)

  • Tsunami warning NZ

  • Kermadec Islands

  • RSV

  • Earthquakes today

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Cleo Smith

  • Afghanistan

  • Kyle Rittenhouse

  • Suez Canal

  • Blood moon


When

  • When is fathers day nz

  • When is the next covid announcement nz

  • When does daylight saving end

  • When is valentines day

  • When is the next blood moon

  • When does the olympics finish

  • When is auckland going to level 3

  • When does lockdown end nz

  • When is the next america's cup race

  • When is mothers day nz


Recipes - Sweet

  • Apple crumble recipe

  • Carrot cake recipe

  • Scones recipe

  • Cinnamon rolls recipe

  • Pancakes recipe

  • Banana cake recipe

  • Banana bread recipe

  • chocolate brownie recipe

  • Cheesecake recipe

  • Afghan recipe


Recipes - Savoury

  • Guacamole recipe

  • Pumpkin soup recipe

  • Pizza dough recipe

  • Bread recipe

  • Carbonara recipe

  • Naan bread recipe

  • Focaccia recipe

  • Playdough recipe nz

  • Cottage pie recipe

  • Hash brown recipe


Loss

  • Sean Wainui

  • Prince Philip

  • Gabby Petito

  • DMX

  • Sean Lock

  • Olivia Podmore

  • Brian Laundrie

  • Sarah Everard

  • Helen McCrory

  • Charlie Watts


COVID-19 Related

  • COVID-19 NZ

  • Locations of interest

  • My covid record

  • Covid cases today NZ

  • Ministry of Health

  • My vaccine pass

  • Book my vaccine

  • My health account

  • Traffic light system NZ

  • Covid vaccine


Sports

  • NBA

  • Australia vs India

  • NRL

  • Olympic medal table

  • Cricinfo

  • Australian Open

  • Pakistan vs New Zealand

  • Euros

  • America's Cup

  • India vs England


TV Shows

  • Squid Game

  • Bridgerton

  • Sweet Tooth

  • Firefly Lane

  • The Serpent

  • Wandavision

  • Clickbait

  • Friends Reunion

  • Maid

  • Ginny and Georgia


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New Zealand’s Top Trending Creators and Videos for 2021

The sequels, streams, and skits you watched this year.




With three million Kiwis watching YouTube a month*, it’s an important platform for New Zealand artists and creators to cultivate an audience. Today, we’re celebrating the clips, creators and artists most loved by Kiwis in 2021. Showcasing the diversity of content that New Zealand loves to watch on YouTube, mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya, Fortnite gamer McCreamy and comic Jimi Jackson are the top three most subscribed YouTube channels in New Zealand this year, based on local subscriber count. Samoan comedian Uce Gang and DIY guru Scott Brown Carpentry round out the top five. 


When it comes to music, the top five Kiwi artist music videos based on New Zealand views were:

  1. Sons of Zion - Love on the Run ft. Jackson Owens

  2. SIX60 - All She Wrote

  3. Ka Hao - 35 (feat. Rob Ruha)

  4. Fejoint - Come Closer (feat. Konecs, Reggie & Switch.E)

  5. Lorde - Solar Power


In 2021, you tuned in to see the 36th America’s Cup on (live!) on the water, Jimi Jackson making fun of questionable mates, a new survival challenge from MrBeast, mesmerising acrylic paint in action, a Blue Tit nesting, and a classic Dream Minecraft challenge.


This year’s top trending videos saw creators convert some of their most popular content into longer running phenomena. By producing sequels in response to audience demand, these creators showed how to turn one-off wins into full-on series with fresh influence: Kiwi Torrell Tafa returned to his popular format of surprising people with languages, after success in 2020 with Samoan he experimented this year with fluent te Reo; Aussie superwog1 produced season two of their show The P Plates; Mark Rober took pranking package thieves to the next level when he used his glitter-spewing contraption to catch phone scammers; and Sidemen turned their Tinder in Real Life series into a trilogy, with a third installment that made swiping right into must-see viewing.


Top Trending Videos

  1. MrBeast - I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive

  2. Sidemen - SIDEMEN TINDER IN REAL LIFE 3

  3. Mark Rober - Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested)

  4. Jay Lee Painting - How to Draw a Couple Walking in the Rain / Red Acrylic Painting

  5. Superwog1 - Season Two - Ep 1 The P Plates

  6. Dream - Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters

  7. America's Cup - The 36th America’s Cup Presented by PRADA | 🔴 LIVE Day 7

  8. Jimi Jackson - When your mate eats all your food at home

  9. Torrell Tafa - Asian Guy Surprises People In NZ With Maori (Te Reo) Language 🇳🇿

  10. Live Nest Box Camera 2021 - Loughborough, UK - From empty nest to first egg in less than 8 minutes! - BlueTit nest box live camera highlights 2021



Top Global Creators

  1. MrBeast

  2. Dream

  3. TommyInnit

  4. SSSniperWolf

  5. ZHC

  6. Sidemen

  7. SSundee

  8. Technoblade

  9. Mark Rober

  10. Kallmekris



Top International Music Videos

  1. Bruno Mars - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open [Official Video]

  2. JustinBieberVEVO - Justin Bieber - Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon

  3. dojacatVEVO - Doja Cat - Kiss Me More (Official Video) ft. SZA

  4. OliviaRodrigoVEVO - Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license (Official Video)

  5. TheWeekndVEVO - The Weeknd - Save Your Tears (Official Music Video)

  6. LilNasXVEVO - Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video)

  7. OliviaRodrigoVEVO - Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u (Official Video)

  8. SonsOfZionVEVO - Sons of Zion - Love on the Run ft. Jackson Owens

  9. Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits [Official Video]

  10. Bella Poarch - Bella Poarch - Build a B*tch (Official Music Video)


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New Zealand’s Top Trending Creators and Videos for 2021

The sequels, streams, and skits you watched this year.




With three million Kiwis watching YouTube a month*, it’s an important platform for New Zealand artists and creators to cultivate an audience. Today, we’re celebrating the clips, creators and artists most loved by Kiwis in 2021. Showcasing the diversity of content that New Zealand loves to watch on YouTube, mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya, Fortnite gamer McCreamy and comic Jimi Jackson are the top three most subscribed YouTube channels in New Zealand this year, based on local subscriber count. Samoan comedian Uce Gang and DIY guru Scott Brown Carpentry round out the top five. 


When it comes to music, the top five Kiwi artist music videos based on New Zealand views were:

  1. Sons of Zion - Love on the Run ft. Jackson Owens

  2. SIX60 - All She Wrote

  3. Ka Hao - 35 (feat. Rob Ruha)

  4. Fejoint - Come Closer (feat. Konecs, Reggie & Switch.E)

  5. Lorde - Solar Power


In 2021, you tuned in to see the 36th America’s Cup on (live!) on the water, Jimi Jackson making fun of questionable mates, a new survival challenge from MrBeast, mesmerising acrylic paint in action, a Blue Tit nesting, and a classic Dream Minecraft challenge.


This year’s top trending videos saw creators convert some of their most popular content into longer running phenomena. By producing sequels in response to audience demand, these creators showed how to turn one-off wins into full-on series with fresh influence: Kiwi Torrell Tafa returned to his popular format of surprising people with languages, after success in 2020 with Samoan he experimented this year with fluent te Reo; Aussie superwog1 produced season two of their show The P Plates; Mark Rober took pranking package thieves to the next level when he used his glitter-spewing contraption to catch phone scammers; and Sidemen turned their Tinder in Real Life series into a trilogy, with a third installment that made swiping right into must-see viewing.


Top Trending Videos

  1. MrBeast - I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive

  2. Sidemen - SIDEMEN TINDER IN REAL LIFE 3

  3. Mark Rober - Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested)

  4. Jay Lee Painting - How to Draw a Couple Walking in the Rain / Red Acrylic Painting

  5. Superwog1 - Season Two - Ep 1 The P Plates

  6. Dream - Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters

  7. America's Cup - The 36th America’s Cup Presented by PRADA | 🔴 LIVE Day 7

  8. Jimi Jackson - When your mate eats all your food at home

  9. Torrell Tafa - Asian Guy Surprises People In NZ With Maori (Te Reo) Language 🇳🇿

  10. Live Nest Box Camera 2021 - Loughborough, UK - From empty nest to first egg in less than 8 minutes! - BlueTit nest box live camera highlights 2021



Top Global Creators

  1. MrBeast

  2. Dream

  3. TommyInnit

  4. SSSniperWolf

  5. ZHC

  6. Sidemen

  7. SSundee

  8. Technoblade

  9. Mark Rober

  10. Kallmekris



Top International Music Videos

  1. Bruno Mars - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open [Official Video]

  2. JustinBieberVEVO - Justin Bieber - Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon

  3. dojacatVEVO - Doja Cat - Kiss Me More (Official Video) ft. SZA

  4. OliviaRodrigoVEVO - Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license (Official Video)

  5. TheWeekndVEVO - The Weeknd - Save Your Tears (Official Music Video)

  6. LilNasXVEVO - Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video)

  7. OliviaRodrigoVEVO - Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u (Official Video)

  8. SonsOfZionVEVO - Sons of Zion - Love on the Run ft. Jackson Owens

  9. Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits [Official Video]

  10. Bella Poarch - Bella Poarch - Build a B*tch (Official Music Video)


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Seniors helping seniors with digital skills and social connection

Image: Dr. Beryl Barratt


Doctor Beryl Barratt left the workforce at a time when computers were not common in the workplace, let alone in the home or even your back pocket. And yet, as an 88 year old retired soil scientist, she’s having to adjust to the rate of technological change we’re all experiencing.  So as banking, grocery shopping and staying in touch with family and friends all moved online at the start of the pandemic lockdowns, Dr. Barratt reached out to a SeniorNet learning centre for lessons on computer technology. Over the past 18 months she has developed skills in writing emails, watching YouTube videos and even scanning QR codes with her smartphone, demonstrating that digital skills can be an important component of lifelong learning. 


SeniorNet, and their peer to peer teaching platform SeniorHangouts,  have been a lifeline to Kiwis throughout the country. For many, these online sessions are as much about the skills they’re learning as the opportunities to interact and socialise with others in the Q&A forum. Now, through funding from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, SeniorNet hopes to bring their digital literacy and online safety workshops to 10,000 more older New Zealanders. In addition to philanthropic funding, Google.org will donate Google Search advertising and Googlers will volunteer time to enable SeniorNet to bring new audiences to their platform, and to assist with their digital strategy.


Heather Newell, SeniorNet’s Executive Officer said, “As we went into lockdown in early 2020, we realised our face to face learning centres weren’t going to be able to support disconnected seniors in the same way.  After a very special call from the Google team we were able to add the opportunity for seniors to meet online. We were able to continue our work at a really critical time for Kiwis to remain online and we’re so grateful for this continued support and funding from Google.org.”


Google New Zealand first began supporting SeniorNet with their digital transformation in early 2020. To date, SeniorNet has delivered more than 2000 hours of online learning, and plans to reach more New Zealanders through different languages and formats. As this programme evolves, we’re proud to support their work to assist even more people with the digital skills required to thrive in an increasingly online world. 


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Supporting Netsafe in preventing online harms for all Kiwis

The Internet allows people, cultures and businesses to create and connect with the rest of the world, however digital literacy and access to information online isn’t equally available for everyone. Next week marks ten years since the United Nation’s first Media and Information Literacy Week, a moment to assess and celebrate progress toward everyone better understanding their rights online and feeling empowered in the face of online opportunities and threats. 



Locally, Netsafe is an independent body that champions for New Zealanders to be confident internet users, in the context of both digital opportunities and in preventing online harm. We’ve been a long time supporter of their work and are proud to announce a new sponsorship to support their online safety programmes, which focus on three core areas:

  • Educating New Zealanders to raise awareness of and build resilience against online harms, including misinformation;

  • Supporting people through online incidents, for example victims of fraud or online bullying;

  • Advocating for a safer online environment by working closely with the online safety community, government, businesses, NGOs and media on online safety issues and solutions.



“Netsafe and Google have worked in partnership for over 15 years to find practical responses to evolving online safety threats. With this support from Google we can continue to respond to the rising demand for our services  – and continue our tradition of innovating in the delivery of online safety.” said Martin Cocker, CEO of Netsafe.



At Google we invest extensively in our products and services to ensure they’re secure by default and private by design. We keep more users safe - by blocking malware, phishing attempts, spam messages and potential cyber attacks - than anyone else in the world. We also know that collaboration is key to ensuring that our products and services offer a safe and secure experience online and we believe that access to accurate, authoritative and helpful information online has never been more important. As one of YouTube’s local Trusted Flaggers, our hope is that with this grant Netsafe is further empowered to work with us to help Kiwis stay safe online. 



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