Gisborne doodle age-group winner on Google
A DOODLE of a blue anglerfish, yellow seaweed, green eel and rusty lighthouse has won 13-year-old Gisborne girl Maddie Ferkin first place in a nationwide “Doodle for Google” competition.

The Gisborne Girls’ High School student’s win in her age group has landed 10 Nexus 7 tablets for her school and one for herself.

Maddie says she is excited to have won. Google will fly her and mum Gina Ferkins to Auckland for a day of activities.

“My doodle will also be printed on tops for us to wear.”

Maddie says she enjoys fantasy-reality artwork influenced by face-painting styles in the Mexican festival, the day of the dead.

“I’m studying Spanish at school. We talked about different festivals like the day of the dead. I like brightly-coloured skull things.”

The young artist’s mum says she and Maddie are thankful for all the support from the community.

“Special thanks to Te Hapara school and Gisborne Intermediate. Both schools sent out newsletters and encouraged students to vote.”

In the second stage of the competition, a “Google doodler” will pick an overall national winner out of the four national year-group winners.

The national winner’s doodle will be displayed on the Google New Zealand homepage for 24 hours.

The winner will take home a laptop, win $10,000 for his or her school and a return trip for a teacher to the Antarctic on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

The national winner will be announced on November 15.

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National HomeStart grants of up to $20,000 for couples to add to KiwiSaver savings used for a deposit on a new home. Special Housing Areas to fast track consenting process. Legislation to curb development contributions levied by councils on developments. Inquiry into building products supplier practices. RMA reform. Labour The KiwiBuild government-run $1.5 billion scheme to build 100,000 affordable new homes mostly in Auckland and Christchurch initially.A capital gains tax and controls on foreign investment in residential real estate to curb speculation. Force local authorities to ensure the release of new land for building with a national policy statement under theRMA. Greens A rent-to-buy scheme for families with children. Limits on house ownership by foreign non-residents. A capital gains tax excluding the family home and support for Labour’s KiwiBuild. NZ First Establish a new state agency to buy and sell land for residential developments. A 2% interest rate for five years for buyers of those sections but with houses built using normal bank finance. Restrict home ownership to "New Zealanders"only. Maori Party Kainga Whenua loan scheme providing 100% loans up to $200,000 to build, maintain and repair homes onmultipleownedMaori land. Available only to those people who have no other access to finance to build, relocate to or buy on their multiple-ownedMaori land. Internet-Mana Low-interest, no-deposit Maori Home Ownership Scheme for Maori first home buyers. Kiwibank Home Ownership Scheme with low-interest loans for specified low-and middle income individuals and families. Build 10,000 new state homes per year for rent and rent-to-own. Act Remove regulatory constraints on the supply of land for building by scrappingtheRMA.Amend the Bill of Rights to protect the right to own and use property as the owner sees fit to get rid of planning restrictions. United Future Allow families to capitalise their Working For Families entitlements for a year as a lump sum to help purchase their first home.Work in partnership with iwi to develop former Crown land for housing. Conservatives Tell owners of large "land banked" holdings to build homes within five years or face the government intervention. Allow higher-density housing.