What Kiwis searched Google for this year

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What Kiwis searched Google for this year

Published: 6:59AM Wednesday December 18, 2013 Source: ONE News

New Zealand became a nation of sailing addicts for three weeks this year with Team New Zealand's tumultuous America's Cup regatta revealed as the top Google search for 2013.

Google's annual year in review Zeitgeist provides a snapshot of the most popular concerns and curiosities of Kiwis.

From following every tack and gybe and all the highs and lows of the Cup to the deaths of Hollywood stars Cory Monteith and Paul Walker, the top trending searches for Kiwis were varied.

The death of Walker, just last month, was the second top search while the birth of the future King of England in July came in at number three.

Teen Kiwi singing sensation Lorde was the fifth most popular Google search.

"Google's Zeitgeist provides a fascinating insight into what Kiwis were curious about during the year," Google spokesperson Annie Baxter said.

"It was a year in which big international events caught our attention, but we also turned to the web to better understand local issues, from earthquakes to Matariki."

The Boston bombing and the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines captured New Zealand's attention, as did the appointment of Pope Francis. Closer to home, it was the Wellington and Auckland earthquakes which saw Kiwis turn out in droves to keep up-to-date online.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown's extra-marital affair saw his mistress, Bevan Chaung, claim the number three spot on the list of top trending New Zealanders. Len Brown followed close behind at number five. Lorde and musician Ruby Frost took out the top two spots.

New Zealanders also showed an interest in health and well-being in 2013 with "what is gluten?", along with "what is diabetes?" and "what is depression?", proving to be the most popular questions Kiwis wanted answered.

However, the most popular "what is" search concerned twerking, the dance move that went viral after Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City in August.

Source: tvnz.co.nz

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