Last year, we launched Google Transit in Wellington and Auckland to help make it easier for commuters to map the best route for getting around their cities using public transport. We’re pleased to announce we’re now working with Environment Waikato Regional Council and BUSIT! to bring this service to the Waikato region.
With Google Transit, people can view public transport information and stop locations in Google Maps and easily compare these to the walking and driving options available. For now, this applies only to the immediate Hamilton area but in the coming months this will be updated to include rural bus information.
We hope this new feature will help Waikato commuters to save time and perhaps choose a greener public transport option when they haven’t thought about it before, by being easily able to select the quickest bus route available and pinpoint their nearest stop.
To access Google Transit, go to www.maps.google.co.nz. Select your destination using the search function. Click ‘Get Directions’. Enter your start and end points and hit the ‘Get Directions’ button. Click on the ‘Public Transit’ link above your itinerary and you’ll then see the times, service numbers and routes available.
Posted by Annie Baxter, Google NZ PR Manager
What were you doing on July 24th this year? Perhaps you were one of the hundreds of Kiwis who grabbed a camera and created a video time capsule of their day for YouTube’s ground-breaking Life in a Day project.
Life in a Day is a global experiment aiming to create the first ever user-generated feature film, and when entries closed last weekend we found out we’d received 80,000 submissions from people around the world, representing 197 countries and 45 languages.
Among these contributors, nearly 400 New Zealanders entered short films which chronicled a day in their own lives and answering the questions posed by Life in a Day director Kevin Macdonald: “What do you love? What do you fear? What makes you laugh? What’s in your pocket?”
A selection of entries from around the world will be showcased in a video gallery on the YouTube Life in a Day channel in early September - so keep an eye out for homegrown videos!
The next step? Over the coming months, the most compelling and distinctive footage received will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
The final results will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. We can’t wait to see the result, and find out if any aspiring Kiwi film makers will be co-credited as a director alongside Kevin Macdonald when the credits roll.
Posted by Ernesto Soriano, YouTube team