New Zealand Blog
Google news for Kiwis
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
doodle 4 google
Google Apps for Business
Google apps for education
Give us feedback in our
Official Google Blog
Public Policy Blog
Lat Long Blog
Ads Developer Blog
Android Developers Blog