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Stay informed after quakes with Google Public Alerts for New Zealand
Monday, November 23, 2015
When an earthquake occurs, clear and timely information is often critical. From today, Google is making it easier to get important post-quake information when and where you need it with the launch of Google Public Alerts in New Zealand.
Within minutes of a moderate earthquake occurring, alerts will appear with the time of the quake, epicentre, magnitude and shaking intensity, supplied by
. The alerts will also include recommended actions from the
Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM)
Alerts will appear on smartphones as notifications via the Google App. Alerts will also be accessible via Google Search and Google Maps on mobile or desktop.
We hope that bringing critical information together in one place will help people make informed decisions in times of crisis. This includes informing family and friends outside the affected area of the status on the ground, as well as individuals directly affected by the incident.
Google Public Alerts will also be valuable for the almost three million visitors who come to New Zealand every year. Visitors can be unfamiliar with local sources of information, so having information pushed to smartphones means more people can be informed when they need to be.
For more information visit
Posted by Craig Nevill-Manning, Engineering Director
Going Google just got easier
Thursday, November 19, 2015
research by Deloitte
suggests companies that prioritise collaboration are five times more likely to experience a considerable increase in employment, twice as likely to be profitable and twice as likely to outgrow their competitors. Google for Work — is a great way to realise those savings, with collaboration at its heart. Actually, we're so confident that Docs has all the features you need, without the ones you don't, that we're making it even easier for New Zealand businesses to give it a try.
Starting today, we’ll cover the fees of Google Apps for up to 3,000 users for businesses locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out, when that business then signs up to Google Apps for the rest of its EA plus one year. We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our
Google for Work Partners
. Visit our
to learn more about the terms and conditions for this offer.
Nine years ago with Google Docs, we saw an opportunity to build something that would enable people to work together in new ways. Fast forward to today and Docs is a productivity powerhouse. Now’s a great time to give it a fresh look if you want to take advantage of its unmatched collaboration tools. We’ve made it easy by covering most of the features some
claim to be missing
and adding nifty new stuff like Voice Typing and Explore. All in all, we think businesses will find Google for Work offers the perfect tools for work. A number of well-known New Zealand businesses including Xero have already turned to Google Apps to power their IT.
There’s a new way of working, and we think that once businesses see Docs and the rest of Google Apps for Work in action, they’ll never want to go back. We want to help New Zealand companies experience it now, even those locked into an existing EA. You can read more
Posted by Renee Gamble, Head of Google for Work, Australia and New Zealand
Welcome the newest member of our family: the YouTube Kids app launches for New Zealand
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
For years, my family and I have watched countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. We use video to learn and listen to
, to enjoy the
we love, and to ask and answer questions on
and beyond. With a world of video in our pockets, there’s a world of possibility and knowledge at our fingertips.
Today, we’re introducing the
YouTube Kids app to New Zealand
- an app built with parents and children in mind, that makes it safer and easier for kids to find videos on topics they want to explore. Since its release in the United States in February, the YouTube Kids app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, by families who rate it among the top kids apps available.
Now, Kiwi families will have a new way to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. YouTube Kids is our first step in reimagining YouTube for families, built from the ground up with little ones in mind. Our family-friendly app makes it easier for parents and kids to enjoy the family content they love, and it’s now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store.
Here are some of the key features:
Bright and playful design
We’ve designed the app to be easier for kids to use, with a brighter and bigger interface that’s perfect for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. Your family can even enjoy their favourite videos on the big screen, using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.
With larger images and bold icons, it’s fast and simple. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about.
We’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a safer version of YouTube, a family-friendly place for kids to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore, or search for videos of particular interest to your family.
Your favourite Kiwi kids shows
The Moe Show
are in YouTube Kids, alongside
Thomas the Tank Engine
National Geographic Kids
. You’ll also find unique content from Kiwi producers such as
Nia’s Extra Ordinary Life
We’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids and put parents in the driving seat.
Learn how the app works:
When parents open YouTube Kids, we explain upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly but no system is perfect, so if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.
We’ll also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore - turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.
Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) )
Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breath.
Parents have the ability to set their own passcode.
YouTube Kids is available for free starting today in New Zealand on
. We’re so excited to help kids and families discover, learn and create in new ways. From our family to yours, happy exploring!
Posted by Malik Ducard, Dad of three, and Global Head of Family and Learning, YouTube, who recently watched an episode of
with his youngest son.
Take a walk on the wild side with Street View in New Zealand
Thursday, November 5, 2015
of the Milford Track to the
of the Kepler Track, you can now explore some of the most stunning parts of New Zealand’s wilderness with the launch of seven of the world-renowned ‘
’ on Google Street View. Known for the beauty of their remote multi-day treks, the Great Walks are a favourite destination for hikers around the world, and are now available in 360-degree panoramic imagery right from your smartphone or computer, with Google Maps.
Collected with help from our friends at New Zealand’s Department of Conservation using the
, this new imagery shows off New Zealand’s natural beauty while inspiring hikers around the world to plan a trip.
Our intrepid trekker collector Matt checks the lenses of the Google Trekker at Lake Te Anau on the Kepler Track
Take in the view of Lake Waikaremoana from
, look down at the Hollyford Valley from
, or check out the
tallest waterfall in New Zealand
— all without breaking a sweat.
looks over Lake Waikaremoana which translates to ‘sea of rippling waters’ in
on the Routeburn Track is quite a hike at 1,515 meters. (It’s easier to get to from your phone).
Dropping 580 meters from Lake Quill, the
on the Milford Track are bigger than Eiffel Tower.
Emerging from the
on the Heaphy Track you might not see hobbits, but if you’re very lucky you can sometimes spot
. They’re even more common at
which is a fur seal breeding ground.
Wander through an
on the Heaphy Track. (Eat your heart out, Peter Jackson).
Say hi to
on the Heaphy Track
Even without seals,
knows how to put on a good show.
If you’re enjoying the coast, why not head south to the
on Stewart Island? Once you’ve explored that, you can head north again to the Abel Tasman Track and cross
The Falls River suspension bridge
over the Kohaihai River.
An impressive 47-meter long suspension bridge takes you over
It’s just a hop, step and a
over the Kohaihai River on the Abel Tasman Track
New Zealand’s Great Walks have long been on the bucket list of keen outdoors people from all around the world. We hope by bringing the
tracks to Street View, these images will not only help people who are about to trek them prepare, but give anyone who wants to virtually roam the beauty of the Great Walks an opportunity to do so. And you can view more Street View collections from around New Zealand here.
Posted by Cynthia Wei, Program Manager, Google Street View
Oliver Lonsdale crowned national Doodle 4 Google winner
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
In June we announced our latest Doodle 4 Google competition, in which we asked school students across New Zealand to draw their own version of the Google logo, inspired by the theme “If could travel back in time I would....” Now, over 7000 doodles later, we can announce the winning doodle!
Congratulations to Oliver Lonsdale from Rolleston School, Christchurch. Oliver has won a Chromebook laptop and Nexus tablet for himself and $10,000 worth of technology for his school, as well as 10 Nexus tablets for being a National Year Group Winner. His doodle will be featured on
early next year.
Oliver’s Doodle was titled “Amelia the Great”. Oliver said "If I could travel back in time I would go back and see Amelia Earhart. She was the first women to fly the Atlantic Ocean. She vanished in 1937 somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. She set the fastest transcontinental flight in 1933.”
The National Age Group Winners spent yesterday at the
Voyager Maritime Museum
in Auckland for the unveiling of the National Winner.
Oliver Lonsdale, George Wolfgramm, Caleb Lightfoot and Grace Elzenheimer
were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the of the Museum and had a very special sailing experience on the scow Ted Ashby. The young doodlers also saw their work in a special display at the museum. A huge thanks to Karen Walters and Leichelle Tanoa for helping put together a special day of celebration at the Voyager Maritime Museum.
Thank you to all our thousands of doodlers from across New Zealand, and look out for Oliver’s doodle on our homepage.
Posted by Leticia Lentini, Brand and Event Marketing Manager, Google New Zealand
Google gives Kiwis the perfect beats for any occasion
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Let’s all agree — mornings can be tough. Unless you’re an early riser who thrives on being up and about before dawn, it can take a little motivation just to get out of bed.
The right music can easily lift your mood and help you shift up a gear. From today, if you’re a Google Play Music subscriber in New Zealand you’ll find it easier to get the perfect sounds for every moment of your day.
Whether you’re hitting the treadmill, studying for upcoming exams or unwinding after a long day at the office, when you open the app you’ll be able to select a station for a particular mood or activity.
Stations have been specially developed to fit the New Zealand lifestyle, including the classic
Taking a Hike
in our great outdoors. There are also specially commissioned stations of great Kiwi artists, from the
Flying Nun Experience
Women of Aotearoa
You can also download these stations to listen to when you’re offline, see what song is up next, and add, remove or rearrange them to suit your taste. Or you can start a new station based on any song in the mix. You can also search for a particular station you like or activity you want to find music for.
With more than 35 million songs to choose from on Google Play Music, it can be hard to figure out what to listen to. Whether you prefer spacing out to
, rollin’ to
or reliving the good times with some of the
country’s greatest hits
, you’re sure to find a playlist to suit your situation with the updated Google Play Music app in New Zealand.
Posted by Brandon Bilinski and Elias Roman, Google Play Music product managers
Doodle 4 Google voting starts today
Friday, September 25, 2015
Earlier this year we announced the
Doodle 4 Google
competition for 2015, which gives New Zealand students the chance to have their version of the Google logo on our homepage for a day, and win prizes for their school.
We asked young doodlers to represent the theme: ‘If I could travel back in time I would...’ More than 7,000 students across the country grabbed their pencils and paints to take part.
Google volunteers then narrowed the field down to 100 finalists, and were also given a chance to pick their personal favourites.
From the 100 doodles shortlisted by our Googler volunteers, two external judges—
Karen Walters and Liam Barr
—helped to choose our winners. Now it’s up to the public to
for their favourite in each age group and narrow it down to the top four.
Karen Walters and Liam Barr pick the top 20 finalists
The top 20 finalists for 2015
Voting starts today, so make sure to get voting for your favourite doodle to appear on the Google New Zealand homepage.
To vote, visit
Leticia Lentini, Events Magician and Branding Marketing Manager whose favourite doodles include
Momofuku Ando’s 105th Birthday
Google's look, evolved
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again:
So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!
Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).
It doesn’t simply tell you that you’re using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo.
This isn’t the first time we’ve changed our look and it probably won’t be the last, but we think today’s update is a great reflection of all the ways Google works for you across Search, Maps, Gmail, Chrome and many others. We think we’ve taken the best of Google (simple, uncluttered, colorful, friendly), and recast it not just for the Google of today, but for the Google of the future.
You’ll see the new design roll out across our products soon. Hope you enjoy it!
Posted by Tamar Yehoshua, VP, Product Management & Bobby Nath, Director of User Experience
Introducing the Google Apps Referral Program
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
When we discover something amazing – whether it’s a new coffee shop or a tool that improves the way we work – we want to share it with people we know, so they can also benefit. Many of the millions of Google Apps customers around the world learned about tools like Hangouts, Drive and Gmail for business from their customers, friends and networks.
To make it easier for you to recommend Google Apps, today we’re launching the Google Apps Referral Program in New Zealand. The referral program makes it easy to share Google Apps with your network and show them how they can use these tools at work. It's open to anyone in New Zealand, and you’ll earn NZ$20 for each new Google Apps user you refer.
Good things are better shared. Find out more
Posted by Kevin Ackhurst, Asia-Pacifc Director, Google for Work
NetSafe, Google, and Sticks ‘n Stones team up to help Kiwi teens campaign for a safer web
Thursday, June 4, 2015
It’s very easy for adults to sit around talking about how kids *should* act online - without knowing the reality of what it’s like to be growing up in the internet age. That’s why our
program encourages Kiwi teens to develop their own online safety campaigns, in their own words.
is back for a second year, in conjunction with our partners at
Sticks ‘n Stones
. We’ve also brought on board two of New Zealand’s social media stars -
with his 2 million Instagram followers, and
who has 30,000 YouTube subscribers - to help inspire teens about why online safety and digital citizenship are such important topics.
So what exactly is
all about? It’s a programme designed to help teenagers create campaigns to encourage other teens to stay safe online. This covers a wide range of online issues including giving away too much information, being wary of privacy concerns, and staying safe from cyber bullies.
Participants will kick off the development of their campaigns at special
workshops. Three workshops will be held around New Zealand, so more than 300 teenagers will be able to participate in person. Caito Potatoe and Liam Waverider will attend the workshops, which will be led by Billy T. winner and Best Bits star, Rhys Mathewson. The workshops will also involve training from experts in marketing, social media and online safety.
The Web Rangers will then be given six weeks to produce their campaigns, which can take any form including YouTube videos or other social media content, billboards, and in-school events. Our judging panel will then decide which top two internet safety campaigns will fly to Sydney to present their campaign to Google executives.
Last year’s Web Rangers set the bar high with social experiments on Auckland’s Queen Street, animated videos set to song, and an online compliment generator taking out the top prizes. Auckland’s winning video by Hayley Smith
was viewed over 120,000 times on YouTube
We’re encouraging as many 14 to 17 year olds to take part as we can, so if you know anyone interested, send them to http://www.netsafe.org.nz/webrangers.
Posted by Ross Young, Public Policy Manager, Google New Zealand
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