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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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Supporting New Zealand’s response to the next phase of the pandemic

As the world moves into a new phase of the pandemic, and we recognise the unpredictability of COVID-19, ensuring Kiwis receive critical, timely and accurate information has never been more important.


That’s why we’re continuing to support the Government, nonprofits and authoritative news organisations in their efforts by focusing on three priority areas: ensuring people can access the latest and most authoritative information; amplifying vital safety and vaccination messages; and providing financial backing to health authorities and other organisations.


Providing critical and authoritative information

On all our platforms, we’re taking steps to surface the critical information families and communities need to care for their own health and look after others.



Image: Searches on the COVID-19 vaccine display key information around vaccination rates and health authority resources, while treatment-related queries surface guidance from the World Health Organisation.


When people ask questions about vaccines on Google Search, they see information panels that display the latest updates on vaccine safety, efficacy and side-effects, plus registration information that directs to the Government’s covid.govt.nz site. We’re also keeping Kiwis up to date with all the latest COVID-19 news here.


Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information to make it universally accessible and useful. Clearly, misinformation and disinformation run contrary to that mission. Where people encounter content that’s unreliable or actively designed to mislead them, our apps and services do not serve their purpose of connecting people with content that is relevant and useful to them, and we risk losing their trust. As such, we take these issues seriously. Our goal is to elevate high quality content and authoritative sources, remove content and behaviours that infringe on our community guidelines and reduce the spread of potentially harmful information. Since the start of the pandemic, YouTube’s policy to address medical misinformation about COVID-19 was enforced. We recently expanded this policy to include currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective by local health authorities and the World Health Organisation.


Sharing helpful information through Maps

To make it easier for Kiwis to find locations of vaccination centres nationwide, we’re now sharing these in Search and Maps. And we’re continuing to work closely with the Ministry of Health to make more vaccination center information available.

Image: Searching for vaccines in Maps and Search now shows vaccination centers across the country.


The Community Mobility Reports, which have been published since early 2020 and analyse aggregate, anonymised location history and provide local insights into the impact of social distancing, continue to be updated. These reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19.


Supporting health authorities and addressing misinformation

It is important that Kiwis find critical information they need when they are searching for it, which is why we’re providing Ad Grants to both the Te Puni Kōkiri -Ministry of Māori Development and the New Zealand Government. Since the start of the pandemic, we've donated around NZ$18m in Ad Grants to the New Zealand Government, small businesses and NGOs, helping them to get their messages out and ensuring people can get help when they need it most. We have also run Doodles across our New Zealand Search page, to encourage mask wearing, vaccinations, and also to show appreciation of the healthcare workers that continue to work hard to support us during this time. New Zealand searches for ‘COVID-19 vaccine’ reached their peak in August.


Image: Get Vaccinated, Wear a Mask Google Doodle which ran in August & September.



As New Zealand continues the vaccine roll-out we’ll keep doing all we can to support these efforts. 



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YouTube Shorts Fund and 9 other ways to earn money and build your business on YouTube


Today, we’re announcing the expansion of the YouTube Shorts Fund to New Zealand! First announced by  Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer in August, the US$100M fund will be distributed over 2021-2022. Each month, we’ll invite thousands of eligible creators to claim a payment from the Fund. This is the first step in our journey to build a monetisation model for Shorts on YouTube and any creator that meets our eligibility criteria can participate. We’re excited about what this means for creators in New Zealand. Not only does the Shorts Fund reward the next generation of mobile creators for their original contributions to Shorts, it also offers them a new way to earn money and build a business on YouTube. 


YouTube has helped a growing community of Kiwi creators and artists to transform their creativity into viable businesses. Along with the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), which is our unique business model that shares the majority of revenue generated on the platform with creators, YouTube has continued investing in new monetisation options for creators beyond advertising, including Merchandise, Channel Memberships, Super Chats and Super Stickers. In Q2 2021, we paid more to YouTube creators and partners globally than in any quarter in our history. 


What do Bryce Langston, Toby Hendy and Daneger and Stacey all have in common? They’re storytellers, directors, editors, marketers, and entrepreneurs — all in one. The range of talents and skills of creators is inspiring. To give creators the opportunities they need to find success, YouTube has evolved from being just a place where people upload and share videos. It’s now a destination where creators can find new audiences, connect with fans in different ways, and build growing businesses. Over 90% of watch time on content produced by New Zealand channels came from outside New Zealand in 2020, so our shared goal with creators is to help them build robust and diversified business models that work with both their unique content and community of fans.


Alongside the Shorts Fund, here are 9 ways in which creators can continue to earn more revenues from their content on YouTube and build robust businesses.


  1. Shorts Fund

    • The YouTube Shorts Fund, a global NZ$140M fund distributed over 2021-2022, has expanded to New Zealand, with eligible creators who qualify receiving a notification from next week! Each month, we'll reach out to thousands of eligible creators to claim a payment from the Fund - creators can make anywhere from NZ$140 to $14,000 based on viewership and engagement on their Shorts. The Shorts Fund is the first step in our journey to build a monetisation model for Shorts on YouTube and is not  limited to just creators in YPP — any creator that meets our eligibility criteria can participate. Check out all the details here.

  2. Ads

    • Ads have been at the core of creators’ revenue streams, and continue to be the main way that creators can earn money on YouTube. Creators receive the majority of the revenue generated from ads on YouTube.

  3. YouTube Premium

    • YouTube Premium is a paid subscription option which enables members to enjoy ad-free content, background playback, downloads, and premium access to the YouTube Music app. The majority of subscription revenue goes to YouTube partners. 

  4. Ticketing

    • Music fans can learn about upcoming concert listings and with a simple click, go directly to our ticketing partners’ sites to purchase tickets.

  5. Channel memberships

    • With channel memberships, creators can offer exclusive perks and content to viewers who join their channel as a monthly paying member at prices set by the creator.

  6. Super Chat 

    • Fans watching livestreams and Premieres can purchase a Super Chat: a highlighted message in the chat stream that stands out from the crowd to get even more of their favorite creator’s attention. 

  7. Super Thanks

    • Now viewers can give thanks and appreciation on uploaded videos as well through Super Thanks. As an added bonus, fans will get a distinct, colorful comment to highlight the purchase, which creators can respond to. 

  8. Super Stickers

    • Another way followers can show support during livestreams and Premieres is with Super Stickers, which allows fans to purchase a fun sticker that stands out.

  9. Merchandise

    • The merch shelf allows channels to showcase their official branded merchandise right on their watch page on YouTube. Creators can choose from 30 different retailers globally.


Every new fan that subscribes to their favourite creators’ channels, every new member that joins, every like, comment received and every dollar earned goes into building the business ventures of tomorrow. At YouTube, the passion and ambition of our creators fuels us to continue innovating new ways to help them realise their goals and we are committed to introducing more revenue opportunities for our creators. As creators become the next generation of media companies, we’ll continue to deliver more ways to help them do just that. 



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Keeping Kiwis Safe Online Every Day

Have you ever wondered how to make your online accounts secure, but not known how to do that? If so, you’re not alone! One of the main reasons Kiwis don’t always take deliberate steps to improve their online security, is not knowing what steps to take, or where to start (37%). 


New research, conducted for Google New Zealand by YouGov, shows that most Kiwis are not always taking deliberate steps to enhance their online security (69%). This is despite a third of us admitting that we’re aware of a time a password was compromised or hacked. In fact one in five Kiwis have fallen victim to phishing or an online scam.


This is why Google invests 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, but it’s also important that people take advantage of tools to improve their protection. 


While online security can seem confusing, or boring, the good news is that there are some very easy things we can all do to keep ourselves safer online:

 

  1. Use a password manager to create and store strong passwords for every account. For example, Google’s Password Manager, built directly into your Google Account, uses the latest AI security technology to protect your passwords. 


  1. Turn on 2-Step Verification. This helps to keep out anyone who shouldn’t have access to your account by requiring you to use a secondary factor on top of your username and password to log in to your account.

  2. Make sure site connections are secure. If the url is secure the Chrome browser will display a grey fully locked icon in the url field.

  3. Always validate URLs and suspicious links. Double-check the URL by hovering over the link or long-pressing the text on mobile — to make sure that the website or app is legitimate; and make sure that the URL begins with 'https'.


  1. Double check files before downloading. If you come across a suspicious attachment, use Chrome or Google Drive to open it. They automatically scan the file and warn you if we detect a virus.


We also launched the Google Safety Centre to share these and other simple solutions, information and advice for New Zealanders to protect themselves online


The research data comes from a report which looked at Kiwis’ attitudes to online safety and security. Key findings also include:


Deliberate steps to improve online security

  • Seven in ten (59%) New Zealand adults are not always taking deliberate steps in order to improve their online security. 

  • Younger Kiwis aged 18-34 (80%) are more likely than older Australians aged 50+ (58%) to say they do not always take deliberate steps all the time in order to improve their online security.


Barriers to taking deliberate action

  • Among those who are not currently taking deliberate steps to protect themselves online all the time, the main reason as to why is because they say they wouldn't know what steps they could take or where to start (37%).

  • Women (44%) are more likely than men (28%) to suggest that they wouldn’t know what steps they could take or where to start in regard to protecting themselves online.


Passwords

  • Only three in ten (31%) Kiwi adults say that they always use a different password for every account online. A further three in ten (31%) say they use a couple of passwords across their account, but they do overlap, one in five (22%) say they use similar passwords based on the same word / phrase for all their accounts, while 6%, the equivalent of 218k Kiwis say they use the exact same password for all their accounts where possible. While, one in five (19%) say they often forget the password they use online.

  • Alarmingly, the younger Kiwis aged 18-34 (8%) are twice as likely to use the exact same password for all their accounts where possible compared to those aged 50+ (3%), as well as more likely to say they use a couple of passwords across their account, but they do overlap (18-34 26% compared to 50+ 18%), which potentially suggests a degree of complacency amongst the younger tech savvy generations

  • Just one in four (26%) use a password manager, a tool designed to provide strong passwords that are safely secured.


Two-factor authentication usage 

  • Nearly one in five people (18%) didn’t know what two-factor authentication, the addition of app or text approval to access an account, meant, with just one in ten (9%) always using this layer of protection that is widely recognised as best practice, for online accounts. 


Methodology

Consumer research conducted on behalf of Google New Zealand by YouGov. The research comprised a national sample of 1,511 New Zealand adults 18+ years during the period 11-18 August 2021. 


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New Digital Tools for Kiwi Teachers and Schools


Image: Manaiakalani Classroom using Chromebooks

Nearly 1 million students will find themselves out of school in New Zealand during a national COVID-19 lockdown. While this can in turn put families, schools and teachers under immense pressure to ensure that students continue to learn, over the past 18 months Kiwi teachers and students have greatly accelerated their digital skills. Whether the ‘classroom’ is in-person, virtual or a hybrid of the two, building educators and students capacity and equal access to digital skills education has been central to the partnerships Google has developed throughout New Zealand.



That’s why today we’re pleased to announce the continuation and evolution of our agreement with the Ministry of Education. Since 2018 we’ve provided all state and state-integrated schools across New Zealand with Ministry-funded Chrome Education Upgrades to manage new and existing unmanaged Chromebooks. Now, in addition, the Chrome Education Upgrade will be available to schools via our distribution partner Synnex NZ, allowing schools to also upgrade their Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals (the free for Education edition - previously called G Suite for Education) to Google Workspace for Education Plus


Google Workspace for Education Plus gives schools access to enterprise level teaching and learning, reporting and security tools. This comprehensive edition includes all the enhanced security features and tools from Education Standard, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and more to ensure your school has the best educational tools available.



Schools can harness the power of enhanced teaching and learning tools like secure Breakout rooms in Google Meet, Originality checkers in Google classroom and the ability to livestream important school events to the community wherever they are. Kura can customise and personalise Big Query data exports of their student engagement to help support their student learning journeys.  



The Chrome Education upgrade was developed to make device management in schools a breeze, so that teachers and students can focus on what’s most important—teaching and learning. Equipped with the Chrome Education upgrade, schools can utilise essential education features to better support the many ways Chromebooks - the number one device in New Zealand schools -  are used in the classroom.


The introduction of Chrome Education Upgrade Licences with Workspace for Education,  now provides schools with an advanced set of Google Education tools and services that are tailored for Schools, Clusters and homeschools to collaborate, streamline instruction, and keep learning safe and secure.



Our team is working to make digital tools easier and more helpful for everyone and we hope this agreement enables even more educators and students around New Zealand to access and make the most of their digital learning.


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