Today we're celebrating Kiwi kids’ return to school on the Google New Zealand homepage - with New Zealand’s inaugural Doodle 4 Google winning image replacing the Google logo for the day.

Last year, for the first time, Google asked New Zealand students to give the Google logo a uniquely Kiwi makeover by creating a doodle to reflect the theme of ‘My New Zealand’. Eight-year-old Amelia Abbott of Nelson won the competition with her entry, ‘Green and Gorgeous’, and today's it's proudly on our home page for all to see.

Doodle 4 Google New Zealand, held in association with The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, attracted entries from thousands of students from more than 600 schools across the country. Google's original Doodler, Dennis Hwang, said: “Our winner Amelia created a beautiful doodle that showed innovative use of animals and Kiwi icons as the Google letters to communicate her vision of New Zealand nature, and I would have been proud to see it come out of our Google doodle team.”

We’d also like to send our huge congratulations to all of the thousands of students who entered, including our other age group winners:

Abigail Sadlier from Awapuni School, Gisborne (Years 4-6);

Sophie Arnold from Fairfield Intermediate School, Hamilton (Years 7-8);

Emily Fountain from Epsom Girls Grammar, Auckland (Year 9-10).

The customisation of the Google logo first took place in 1999, and Dennis Hwang and the Google doodle team have since celebrated events, anniversaries and holidays worldwide with doodles that incorporate the Google logo. In New Zealand this has included ANZAC Day and the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historical ascent of Mt Everest.