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From a new King to Sandra Dee: Google shares the top trending searches from Kiwis' in 2022

I've defintely searched for a lot of these!
7 December 2022 12:05PM

2022 is coming to a close and omg what a year it has been, from a new King, RAT tests, Wordle, and our mighty Black Ferns dominating the Women’s Rugby world cup, it’s fair to say there was a lot to talk about - or should I say Google. 

Google NZ has released the nation's top trending searches for 2022 and we have the most popular ones to share with you, so strap in cause here’s a crazy look back on the year that’s been.

King Charles
Meghan Markle
- Novak Djokovic
- Elon Musk
Will Smith
Chris Rock
Johnny Depp
Amber Heard
Anna Delvey

Ruby Tui is named as one of Google NZ’s top sports people searched for in 2022 and with her charm, charisma and absolutely dominating on the Rugby Field of course she has made it on the list.

The Women's Rugby World Cup also topped the list under the sporting events category and we couldn’t be more proud of our Kiwi women in sport!

Other Kiwis that reached the top search status were Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding), Ryan Fox (golf), Lydia Ko (golf), Israel Adesanya (UFC), Joseph Parker (boxing) & Clarke Gayford.

May all of those we lost in 2022 rest in peace.
Queen Elizabeth II
- Betty White
Olivia Newton-John
- Anne Heche
Bob Saget
- Aaron Carter

Stranger Things - The Watcher - Manifest - House of the Dragon - Inventing Anna - Moon Knight - The Sandman - The Anatomy of a Scandal

Thor: Love and Thunder - Top Gun - The Batman - Black Adam - Everything Everywhere All At Once - Don’t Look Up - G.I Jane - Jurassic World Dominion

“How to do a RAT test”
- We all know the struggle of doing this ourselves or teaching the younger ones how to do it.
“How to play Wordle” - Yep it’s the game that had us hooked for months on end. We all had our own starting words, right?
“How to spell askew Google joke” - I need to admit that I didn’t know this one and just gave it a search. Warning: things really do go skew-whiff.
“How to make self-raising flour” - Yup, that’s definitely a fair one. The struggle of going to the pantry and realising you’re out is one of the worst kitchen conundrums.

It’s interesting to see the top searches of the year all wrapped up into one list. I wonder what will top NZ 2023 trending searches?