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Paul Holmes tops Google searches in January

Published: 11:41AM Tuesday February 05, 2013 Source: ONE News

The late veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes was the most searched for subject online among New Zealanders last month.

Data from internet search engine Google shows Holmes was the top trending search in January, following his death last week.

It came in a month when the former TVNZ journalist was knighted in the Queen's New Year honours.

Holmes passed away at his Hawke's Bay home last Friday after a battle with prostate cancer and heart problems, aged 62. His funeral will take place on Friday.

Searches for the legendary broadcaster topped Kiwis interest, followed by Melbourne's Australian Open tennis tournament, which took the number two spot.

The third and fourth most searched for topics were exam related as students up and down the country accessed exam results, with the NCEA and NZQA taking up those spots respectively.

Google said its data suggests students followed these searches with a search for Studylink for tertiary education funding. The student loan provider was also one of New Zealand's top trending Google searches this month.

Bringing up the top five was Hollywood musical Les Miserables, which was released in January.

Also trending last month was TradeMe, with Kiwis likely flocking to the site to pick up post-Christmas bargains and sell their unwanted presents, and Kim Kardashian, who recently announced her pregnancy with rapper Kanye West.