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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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Helping Parents and Families this Safer Internet Day


Today is Safer Internet Day globally and to kick things off here in New Zealand, we hosted a breakfast to talk about online safety for families and children. We welcomed media and parents into Google to participate in a discussion about some helpful ways that parents can check their safety settings and teach their children about online citizenship.

Lucian Teo, User Outreach and Education Manager from Google’s Trust and Safety team, delivered the workshop and we were joined by Netsafe’s CEO Martin Cocker who also spoke about the incredible work they’ve been doing for the past 20 years to keep Kiwis safe online. We shared Google and Netsafe’s five top tips to teach your kids about online safety:


  1. Be mindful of what and to whom you are sharing your information with. Encourage thoughtful sharing by treating online communication like face-to-face communication.
  2. Don’t trust everything you see online. Be discerning and ‘think before you click’.
  3. Safeguard your personal information & take a privacy check up.
  4. Being kind online creates a brighter and safer place for everyone on the internet.
  5. If you see something, say something. When in doubt, talk it out with someone you trust.

While today is a great moment to pause and think carefully about how we’re keeping our families and kids safe online, this is also something that we should be considering all year round. To find out more, visit the Google Safety Centre for updated resources, easy security tips and information dedicated to educating and empowering people on important topics like data security, privacy controls and how to use technology in a way that is right for your family.

Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness about online safety and encourages everyone to help create a better internet. We hope that you take the opportunity today and regularly throughout the year to use these tools to stay safe online


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Google New Zealand Blog 2020-02-06 15:00:00



In 2005, we set out to map the world. Since then we’ve pushed the limits of what a map can do: from helping you easily navigate from point A to B to helping you explore and get things done in the world. With more than 1 billion people turning to Google Maps to see and explore the world, we're celebrating our 15th birthday with a new look and product updates based on feedback from you.

A fresh look from the inside out
Starting today, you'll see an updated Google Maps app for Android and iOS that gives you everything you need right at your fingertips with five easy-to-access tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates.


  • Explore: Looking for a place nearby to grab lunch, enjoy live music or play arcade games? In the Explore tab, you’ll find information, ratings, reviews and more for about 200 million places around the world, including local restaurants, nearby attractions and city landmarks.


  • Commute: Whether you’re traveling by car or public transit, the Commute tab is there to make sure you’re on the most efficient route. Set up your daily commute to get real-time traffic updates, travel times and suggestions for alternative routes.


  • Saved: People have saved more than 6.5 billion places on Google Maps—from the new bakery across town to the famous restaurant on your upcoming vacation. Now you can view all of these spots in one convenient place as well as find and organize plans for an upcoming trip and share recommendations based on places you've been.


  • Contribute: Hundreds of millions of people each year contribute information that helps keep Google Maps up to date. With the new Contribute tab, you can easily share local knowledge, such as details about roads and addresses, missing places, business reviews and photos. Each contribution goes a long way in helping others learn about new places and decide what to do.


  • Updates: The new Updates tab provides you with a feed of trending, must-see spots from local experts and publishers, like The Infatuation. In addition to discovering, saving and sharing recommendations with your network, you can also directly chat with businesses to get questions answered.



Our five new tabs provide easier access to everything you need in Google Maps.

We’re also updating our look with a new Google Maps icon that reflects the evolution we’ve made mapping the world. It’s based on a key part of Google Maps since the very beginning, the pin, and represents the shift we’ve made from getting you to your destination to also helping you discover new places and experiences.

And because we can’t resist a good birthday celebration, keep an eye out for our celebratory party-themed car icon, available for a limited time when you navigate with Google Maps.


Look out for our new icon on your phone and browser!

Made for you, on the go
We’re constantly evolving to help you get around—no matter how you choose to travel. Our new transit features in the Google Maps app help you stay informed when you’re taking public transportation.

Last year, we introduced crowdedness predictions to help you see how crowded your bus, train or subway is likely to be based on past rides. To help you plan your travels, we’re adding new insights about your route from past riders, so you’ll soon be able to see important details, such as:

Temperature: For a more comfortable ride, check in advance if the temperature is considered by past riders as on the colder or warmer side.
Accessibility: If you have special needs or require additional support, you can now identify public transit lines with staffed assistance, accessible entrance and seating, accessible stop-button or hi-visible LED.
Women’s Carriage: In regions where transit systems have designated women's sections or carriages, we'll help surface this information along with whether other passengers abide by it.
Security Onboard: Feel safer knowing if security monitoring is on board—whether that’s with a security guard present, installed security cameras or an available helpline.
Number of carriages available: In Japan only, you can pick a route based on the number of carriages so that it increases your chances of getting a seat.

These useful bits of information come from past riders who've shared their experiences and will appear alongside public transit routes when available. To help future riders, you can answer a short survey within Google Maps about your experience on recent trips. We’ll start rolling this out globally in March, with availability varying by region and municipal transportation agency.



New trip attributes help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

A sense of direction
Last year, we introduced Live View to help you quickly decide which way to go when you start a walking route with Google Maps. By combining Street View’s real-world imagery, machine learning and smartphone sensors, Live View in Google Maps shows you your surroundings with the directions overlaid in augmented reality.

Over the coming months, we’ll be expanding Live View and testing new capabilities, starting with better assistance whenever you’re searching for a place. You’ll be able to quickly see how far away and in which direction a place is.


Live View will soon help you get oriented in the right direction in new ways.

A big thank you to everyone for placing your trust in us and for being with us on this wild ride over the last 15 years. We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years bring!

New Zealand native birds inspire today’s Doodle



Diversity and individuality are at once something that defines and unites the people of New Zealand. The same can be said for the breadth of interesting, colourful and quirky native bird fauna we have on our three islands. So today, as we pause to recognise the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Google Doodle pays tribute to some of our iconic native birds.

Inspired by the variety, colour and brilliance seen in native birds of New Zealand, the artwork depicts three of our most precious birds. Kiwi’s popular namesake, the iconic bird sits at the centre, with the Tūī and the Kererū either side.

New Zealand’s bush is home to around 168 different native birds. And astonishingly over half of these are species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Tūī, treasured for its imitation skills, is able to use two voice boxes to mimic nearby sounds. The Kererū’s distinct sound of its wing beat in flight would be recognised by many. And of course the Kiwi, which instead of just being a popular nickname for people from Aotearoa, is the only bird in the world with nostrils at the end of its long bill.

Our rich collection of bird fauna has developed these individual characteristics from evolving on our remote South Pacific island shores. Look up into the sky, or down to the ground, and enjoy these wonders of biodiversity.


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Data Privacy Day: Six ways we protect your privacy

Keeping you safe online is a top priority at Google, especially for the thousands of Googlers who work on privacy and security around the world. Today on Data Privacy Day, we’re sharing some of the many ways we keep you safe online and across our products—from built-in protections to easy tools that keep you in control of your privacy.

1. Keep your passwords safe

Password Manager in your Google Account helps you remember and securely store strong passwords for all your online accounts. With Password Checkup, one click will tell you if any of your passwords are weak—whether you’ve reused them across multiple sites, or if we've discovered they’ve been compromised in a third-party data breach—and we’ll give you the link to change them.

2. Let Google automatically delete your data

With auto-delete for Location History, Web & App Activity and YouTube History, you can choose to have Google automatically and continuously delete your activity and location history after 3 or 18 months. You can also control what data is saved in your account with easy on/off controls in your Google Account, and even delete your data by date, product and topic.

3. Use your favourite Google apps in Incognito mode

Incognito mode has been one of our most popular privacy controls since it launched with Chrome in 2008, and last year we added it to YouTube and Google Maps. Tap from your profile picture to easily turn it on or off. When you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, your activity—like the places you search or get directions to—won’t be saved to your Google Account. When you turn off Incognito mode, you’ll return to a personalised Google Maps experience with restaurant recommendations, information about your commute, and other features tailored to you.

4. Browse the web safely with Chrome

Safe Browsing in Chrome automatically protects you from malicious ads and warns you before you visit dangerous sites or download suspicious files. If you use Chrome, your password protections are automatically built-in. We’ll warn you if your username and password have been compromised in a known breach as you log into websites.

5. Check in on your privacy settings across your apps and devices

Data Privacy Day is a great time to check in on your privacy and security settings. Take a Privacy Checkup and we’ll walk you through key privacy settings step-by-step. You can do things like choose what data—such as your location and search history—gets saved to your Google Account or control what ads you see. When you’re finished, head over to Security Checkup for personalised recommendations to help protect your data and devices, like managing which third-party apps have access to your account data.

6. Control what ads you see from Google

We do not sell your personal information to anyone and give you transparency, choice and control over how your information is used. If you’re curious about why you’re seeing an ad, you can click on Why this ad for more information. If you no longer find a specific ad relevant, you can choose to block that ad by using the Mute this ad control. And you can always control the kinds of ads you see, or turn off ads personalisation any time in your Ad Settings.

No matter how you use our products, it’s our responsibility to keep your data private and secure. That’s why we work every day to build the best privacy experiences and strongest protections, and we’ll continue our ongoing efforts to make privacy and security simpler for you.


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Data Privacy Day: Six ways we protect your privacy

Keeping you safe online is a top priority at Google, especially for the thousands of Googlers who work on privacy and security around the world. Today on Data Privacy Day, we’re sharing some of the many ways we keep you safe online and across our products—from built-in protections to easy tools that keep you in control of your privacy.

1. Keep your passwords safe

Password Manager in your Google Account helps you remember and securely store strong passwords for all your online accounts. With Password Checkup, one click will tell you if any of your passwords are weak—whether you’ve reused them across multiple sites, or if we've discovered they’ve been compromised in a third-party data breach—and we’ll give you the link to change them.

2. Let Google automatically delete your data

With auto-delete for Location History, Web & App Activity and YouTube History, you can choose to have Google automatically and continuously delete your activity and location history after 3 or 18 months. You can also control what data is saved in your account with easy on/off controls in your Google Account, and even delete your data by date, product and topic.

3. Use your favourite Google apps in Incognito mode

Incognito mode has been one of our most popular privacy controls since it launched with Chrome in 2008, and last year we added it to YouTube and Google Maps. Tap from your profile picture to easily turn it on or off. When you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, your activity—like the places you search or get directions to—won’t be saved to your Google Account. When you turn off Incognito mode, you’ll return to a personalised Google Maps experience with restaurant recommendations, information about your commute, and other features tailored to you.

4. Browse the web safely with Chrome

Safe Browsing in Chrome automatically protects you from malicious ads and warns you before you visit dangerous sites or download suspicious files. If you use Chrome, your password protections are automatically built-in. We’ll warn you if your username and password have been compromised in a known breach as you log into websites.

5. Check in on your privacy settings across your apps and devices

Data Privacy Day is a great time to check in on your privacy and security settings. Take a Privacy Checkup and we’ll walk you through key privacy settings step-by-step. You can do things like choose what data—such as your location and search history—gets saved to your Google Account or control what ads you see. When you’re finished, head over to Security Checkup for personalised recommendations to help protect your data and devices, like managing which third-party apps have access to your account data.

6. Control what ads you see from Google

We do not sell your personal information to anyone and give you transparency, choice and control over how your information is used. If you’re curious about why you’re seeing an ad, you can click on Why this ad for more information. If you no longer find a specific ad relevant, you can choose to block that ad by using the Mute this ad control. And you can always control the kinds of ads you see, or turn off ads personalisation any time in your Ad Settings.

No matter how you use our products, it’s our responsibility to keep your data private and secure. That’s why we work every day to build the best privacy experiences and strongest protections, and we’ll continue our ongoing efforts to make privacy and security simpler for you.


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YouTube’s Ongoing Commitment to the Christchurch Call: Wellington Incident Response Workshop

This time last week, 120 experts across Governments, companies, civil society and NGOs converged in Wellington to participate in a YouTube-hosted Incident Response Workshop. We developed the programme as part of our ongoing commitment to the Christchurch Call, in consultation with the New Zealand Government and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). The Workshop aimed to refine and strengthen the collective response in the event of another terror attack with an online component. It was particularly important to work with civil society groups on this and the Atlantic Council played an integral role in content developing scenarios and facilitation.

Two months after the terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron led the launch of the Christchurch Call at a summit in Paris, as a commitment by Governments and tech companies to eliminate terror and violent extremist content online. Since then, at further meetings in Aqaba, Jordan and in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, we’ve seen continued work including the announcement that the GIFCT would become an independent body.

Jacinda Ardern and YouTube’s Managing Director APAC, Gautam Anand, opened the two-day workshop with an address to the attendees.


This Incident Response Workshop was the next step in the development of the Christchurch Call and it delivered on its three key objectives:

  • We worked in a multi-stakeholder format and developed stronger partnerships across companies, governments, civil society and NGOs.
  • We stress tested the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol - alongside other relevant protocols, against evolving risks and scenarios.
  • We gathered critical feedback from those present, in order to inform the future agenda of the GIFCT’s crisis response working group.



YouTube was honoured to host this workshop and will continue to work together with the GIFCT, governments and civil society to tackle these issues.

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Year in Search 2019: Here’s what Kiwis searched for this year

As Kiwis we grinned, grew and grieved through Search this year, so as 2020 draws near, it’s time to reflect on the moments, people and existential questions that piqued our interest in 2019.

Sports tournaments, games and stars took the lead in trending searches across the country this year. We mused over musicians, paid close attention to fires, both here and abroad, and looked to Search to solve everyday problems like how to write a cover letter. Kiwis continued the obsession with keto, however ‘plant based diets’ surged to the top of our diet queries.

Here’s a summary of some themes that dominated our searches this year:

A Helpful Search
Answering the questions you either can’t or don’t want to ask someone else, Search provided helpful information to Kiwis on everything from cover letters to quinoa. Many of us wondered what is Easter, and Ramadan, and what is area 51?
Helping Kiwis with recipes, we cooked spag bol and guac with gusto, not to mention pikelets and pumpkin soup. (Doesn’t that sound like the worst dinner party ever?)

A Country of Two Halves
As we saw in 2018, Kiwi’s sports obsession continued throughout the year. Games of rugby, cricket matches, tennis tournaments and boxing champions all captured our hearts and minds. Six of the top 10 Kiwis searched are athletes, and Spark Sport and ‘Where to watch the Rugby World Cup’ helped the sports supremacy continue.

Millennial Moments
Generational divide came into stark contrast for us this year, as we collectively wondered, ‘what is a boomer?’ Millennials prevailed with Kiwi’s curiosity of local heroes Kane Williamson (let’s not talk about the cricket), Israel Adesanya and Lorde. Alongside this however, up and coming Gen Z’s, such as Billie Eilish, broke into the zeitgeist.

Local Events
Some moments found New Zealand on the world stage this year, and our Search habits show local interest in these. The Christchurch shooting and the Grace Millane case also drew international interest. We kept up with ongoing disputes at Ihumatao and a measles outbreak, and wondered what our minimum wage was.

A Changing World
News events of fires, terror attacks and cyclones all show the state of the world we’re trying to understand. Our searches show we came together for greater understanding, as we also queried how to wear a hijab and what is a mosque. Meanwhile breakout activist Greta Thunberg captured our attention, as did a newfound discovery of the ‘plant based diet’.

Check out the top trending* lists for New Zealand in 2019:

Overall

  1. Rugby World Cup
  2. New Zealand vs England
  3. Cricket World Cup
  4. Christchurch Shooting
  5. Stuff News NZ
  6. Spark Sport
  7. Australia vs Pakistan
  8. Australia Open 2019
  9. Disney Plus
  10. Grace Millane


Kiwis

  1. Israel Adesanya
  2. William Waiirua
  3. Ryan Fox
  4. Lorde
  5. Kane Williamson
  6. Anna Wilcox
  7. Sarah Dowie
  8. Robert Whittaker
  9. Sonny Bill Williams
  10. Scott McLaughlin


Loss

  1. Grace Millane
  2. Cameron Boyce
  3. Pua Magasiva
  4. Manning Smith
  5. Luke Perry
  6. Jeffrey Epstein
  7. Karl Lagerfeld
  8. Keith Flint
  9. Etika
  10. Jessi Combs


Global Figures

  1. James Charles
  2. Billie Eilish
  3. Prince Andrew
  4. Nipsey Hussle
  5. Greta Thunberg
  6. Jordyn Woods
  7. Israel Folau
  8. R Kelly
  9. Pewdiepie
  10. Marie Kondo


News Events

  1. Christchurch Shooting
  2. Nelson Fire
  3. The fall of the Berlin wall
  4. London Bridge attack
  5. Measles
  6. Auckland Fire
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Ihumatao
  10. Cyclone Oma


What Is…

  1. What is area 51?
  2. What is black Friday all about?
  3. What is a mosque?
  4. What is lupus?
  5. What is a boomer?
  6. What is momo?
  7. What is minimum wage in NZ?
  8. What is easter?
  9. What is the time in India?
  10. What is ramadan?


How to…

  1. How to watch the Rugby World Cup
  2. How to watch Game of Thrones NZ
  3. How to wear a hijab
  4. How to solve a rubix cube
  5. How to write a cover letter
  6. How to cook quinoa
  7. How to get rid of fleas
  8. How to make french toast
  9. How to take a screenshot
  10. How to make cheese sauce


Recipes

  1. Spaghetti bolognese recipe
  2. Guacamole recipe
  3. Hot cross buns recipe
  4. Apple crumble recipe
  5. Pikelet recipe
  6. Playdough recipe
  7. Pancake recipe easy
  8. Fried rice recipe
  9. Lasagne recipe
  10. Pumpkin soup recipe


Diet Trends

  1. Plant based diet
  2. Fodmap diet
  3. Keto diet plan
  4. Diet doctor
  5. Mediterranean diet
  6. What is keto diet
  7. Dubrow diet
  8. Low carb diet
  9. Vegan diet
  10. Atkins diet


* Trending Searches: What was hot in 2019? The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2019 as compared to 2018.


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Kiwi’s Top Trending YouTube Videos Revealed for 2019

It's time to hit #YouTubeRewind and check out the top trending videos for 2019.

In 2019 we revelled in the return of Sam Smith, the scandalous revelations of James Charles and recreations of Billie Eilish. We bopped to ‘Bad Guy’ and attempted to learn how to create the video clip at home!

Let’s dive into our annual look back at the year that was in online video, and reflect on the moments that captured the hearts and minds of Kiwis in 2019.

Kardashians, conspiracies and spicy wings reviews all made it into our top trending videos. Well known creators dominated our watchlist, with the confessions and investigations of James Charles and Shane Dawson. While Gordon Ramsay and the infamous ‘twenty bucks’ Karen brought us entertainment with a side of colourful language.

The spectacular leaping acrobatic display by Katelyn Ohashi clearly captured us. As did the opportunity to jump on a bandwagon to “Make this video the most liked video on YouTube” (sorry guys, no luck this time).

Breakout artists of the year Billie Eilish and Camila Cabelo made our top list but we are still clearly obsessed with Ariana Grande (with two of her tracks in the top 10!).
And if you claim you haven’t watched or listened to Old Town Road - you’re a liar.

Some may have inspired a belly laugh, while others a break down. These are the videos that had Kiwi’s laughing, leering and losing it in 2019.

New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos

1. No More Lies
2. Katelyn Ohashi - 10.0 Floor (1-12-19)
3. Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings | Hot Ones
4. Conspiracy Theories with Shane Dawson
5. Make This Video The Most Liked Video On Youtube
6. 73 Questions With Kim Kardashian West (ft. Kanye West) | Vogue
7. how to create billie eilish's "bad guy"
8. New Zealand Today - Karen wants her $20 back.
9. Minecraft Part 1
10. Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

New Zealand’s Top Trending Music Videos

While some artists returned for a second year in a row we also saw breakout stars Billie Eilish and Camila Cabella feature this year. But the great return of Sam Smith dominated.

1. Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing With A Stranger
2. Billie Eilish - bad guy
3. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabella - Señorita
4. Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
5. Ariana Grande - 7 rings
6. Khalid - Talk (Official Video)
7. Lil Dicky - Earth (Official Music Video)
8. Khalid, Kane Brown - Saturday Nights REMIX (Official Video)
9. Cardi B & Bruno Mars - Please Me (Official Video)
10. Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored

As 2020 draws near, we also take this moment to celebrate YouTube with the annual Rewind mashup. This year, we tried something different and looked at what you did like — a lot. Our Rewind 2019 video compiles the top videos and creators that you liked, shared, and watched the most around the world, from the biggest games to must-try beauty tutorials and breakout stars.

Check out the full video below and head over to our Rewind site for more!



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Helping Kiwi Teachers Learn Digital Skills through the Manaiakalani Education Trust

Back in 2013 Google New Zealand began work with the Manaiakalani Education programme by partnering on initiatives to help digitise education. Today we announced our continuing support of their Digital Fluency Intensive (DFI) which is rapidly upskilling large numbers of teachers in schools across New Zealand.

While 8 in 10 New Zealand principals say that digital technologies are positively impacting student achievement(1), 72% also believe that professional development among staff presents either a “major barrier” or “somewhat of a barrier” to the use of digital technologies in schools(2). That’s why schools working with Manaiakalani are combining effective teaching techniques with digital enablement to accelerate children’s learning.



Announced today at the 12th annual Manaiakalani Film Festival, Jenny Oxley from Manaiakalani Education Trust said “The Digital Fluency Intensive programme is a direct result of Google's ground-breaking support of the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy innovation and is maximising the impact of the digital learning for young people through accelerating teachers’ own skill development. This is proving to be an enormous professional learning experience for these teachers and the flow-on impact on student achievement is now undeniable.”

Since 2018, the DFI has delivered over 1600 days training to Kiwi teachers across 91 schools. We look forward to seeing how this programme helps New Zealand teachers prepare for the digital future.

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(1) Research New Zealand (2017)

(2) Education at a Glance. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/education-at-a-glance-2017_eag-2017-en