Minecraft: Education Edition gets a new world focused on the Māori culture (Neowin)

Neowin: Minecraft: Education Edition gets a new world focused on the Māori culture. “Now, Minecraft: Education Edition’s New Zealand team has unveiled a brand new world for learners, focusing on the indigenous Māori culture in the country. Coromandel-based Piki Studios, the driving force behind the creation of the first official world for the title based in New Zealand, has now also become an official member of the Minecraft Partner Program.”

New Zealand Herald: Google under fire again over British backpacker Grace Millane case

New Zealand Herald: Google under fire again over British backpacker Grace Millane case. “Google is once again under fire for failing to remove links showing the identity of the man charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Google said it had since removed the material.”

National Library of New Zealand: Is your Facebook account an archive of the future?

National Library of New Zealand: Is your Facebook account an archive of the future?. “Over the next few months, we’re inviting New Zealanders to donate their Facebook archives to the Alexander Turnbull Library. In collecting personal Facebook archives of New Zealanders here and abroad, we will be continuing the work that has always been part of our mission: documenting the lives of New Zealanders today to support the emerging and anticipated research needs of the future.”

New Zealand Herald: Google hosting more ads that break its own rules

New Zealand Herald: Google hosting more ads that break its own rules. “Google says it’s working to improve as it’s found to be hosting more ads that are ripping off New Zealanders in breach of its own policy. Kiwis making their first steps in the confusing process of applying for a US travel visa also have to wade through a sea of ads on Google offering the service for a marked-up price.”

Stuff: How the National Library preserves New Zealand’s digital heritage

Stuff: How the National Library preserves New Zealand’s digital heritage. “As Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield celebrated the demise of the controversial Whaleoil blog site that defamed him, a web recorder was quietly crawling the site’s darkest corners, sucking up its content. Blomfield had bought the site, in the hope of killing off its poison-tipped archives. But it was already too late.”

Digital twins for kākāpō and AI to track kiwi calls: How tech is helping save NZ’s endangered birds (CIO)

CIO: Digital twins for kākāpō and AI to track kiwi calls: How tech is helping save NZ’s endangered birds . “There are 200 kākāpō in New Zealand, and each and every one of them is able to be monitored by the Department of Conservation. ‘I describe it as having a digital twin for every one of these birds,’ says Mike Edginton, CIO at the Department of Conservation (DoC).”