Today I’m so excited to announce that we’re running our second Doodle 4 Google in New Zealand. We’re inviting school students in years 1-10 to sharpen their pencils, use their imagination and artistic talent to create a Google doodle depicting their vision for “My Wish for New Zealand”. The winning doodle will be shown on the Google homepage for a day for millions of New Zealanders to enjoy.

Since 1998, when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate they were going to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA, Google’s team of doodlers has been creating doodles to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous writers and scientists.

This year, we’re really thrilled to have The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki who are incredibly passionate about children’s art and education join us for all the doodling fun. Special judges, including Island Bay artist Michael McCormack, Christa Napier-Robertson from the Auckland Art Gallery and artist and children’s book illustrator Ingrid Berzins will select finalists across four age groups: Grades 1-3; Grade 4-6; Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-10, whose doodles will be shown online. We’ll ask the public to vote on their favourite doodles from each age group and the winners will receive fantastic technology prizes for themselves and their schools, including laptops, interactive whiteboards and $10,000 worth of technology for the National winner’s school. Google’s original doodler, webmaster Dennis Hwang, will select the overall national winner to be shown on the homepage.

During July, we’re sending out information packs to every New Zealand school. To take part, please register your school by 26 August, and all doodles must be submitted by 23 September. Please visit the Doodle 4 Google website for a full listing of all the contest rules and information.

Lucinda Barlow, Head of Marketing, Google Australia and New Zealand