Royal tour tops Kiwi Google searches
Google searches for the topic "royal visit" have shot up in New Zealand as Prince William, Catherine and baby Prince George start their Australasian tour.
But across the Tasman, Google interest has barely moved.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their young son, started the New Zealand leg of their visit today and go to Australia on April 16, where they will tour until Anzac Day.
Google does not reveal actual search numbers, but comes up with a number that indicates how popular a particular search is compared to all other searches. A score of 100 means a search term is the most popular on Google, relative to all other searches in the country.
Google data shows that for April the term "royal visit" has reached 100, up from 16 in March. In Australia the term "royal visit" is at seven for April up from three in March.
The last time interest reached anywhere near present levels in this country was in November 2012, when Prince Charles and Camilla visited New Zealand during a tour of the Pacific, Google said.
Among the members of the royal family, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge has tended to dominate interest in this country. Last week she scored an eight, with Prince George on seven and Prince William on six.
Google said Prince George was the frontrunner this week so far.
At the regional level, Cantabrians were most interested in Princes George and Harry over the past 12 months, while Wellingtonians searched Prince William more often. Kate Middleton topped the royal searches in Otago and Bay of Plenty.
Any desire by New Zealanders to break away from the monarchy may also be in decline, Google said. Searches for "republic" in this country had declined year-on-year since 2012.