Be a NZ Web Ranger!

Put your creativity to use, show others how to safely get the best from the web!


Web Rangers is a programme to empower Kiwi teens to campaign for the safe use of the Internet in a creative way.

In April, NetSafe and Google along with a few friends, brought together around 140 fourteen to seventeen year-olds from Auckland to Alexandra as part of #WebRangersNZ. They took part in workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch where they learned from experts about how to build successful public awareness campaigns.

The Web Rangers then had six weeks to get creative and put what they learned into practice. The ideas were original and varied, with entries ranging from YouTube videos, Facebook campaigns, to music, spoken word poetry, posters, animations and school presentations.

We’re proud to share with you the top campaigns. The first prize winners of each city will now travel to Google HQ in Sydney to present their work to Google executives.

Web Rangers NZ will be back, so make sure you like us on Facebook and join our community on Google+ to get updates and catch any announcements. For a behind-the-scenes look on Web Rangers NZ, visit here.

  • Hayley Smith from Auckland’s Te Kura

    Social Experiment - Queen St, Auckland (Anonymous Voice)

    Hayley came up with the idea of doing a social experiment to see how people would react to having both insults and compliments yelled at them on a busy Auckland street. Her video already got over 70,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks.

    Angus Slade from Wellington

    Animation and song - If Life Was Like The Web and Behind the Scenes “making of” video

    Reflecting on his personal experience with bullying in the classroom, Angus decided to enter the Web Rangers campaign in a bid to reach out to other victims. Not a fan of “serious” messages, he spent more than 100 hours drawing, learning animation and producing a humourous song.

    Tip Varnakomala from Burnside High School, Christchurch

    Compliment generator and website - Project Positive

    Tip became a Web Ranger after getting fed up by the negative comments and behaviour on social media. He says he and his friends have experienced insults and bullying behaviour online. Using the programming language javascript, Tip decided to build a ‘compliment machine’ to counter the lack of positive comments online.

    Project Positive


  • Akanesi Wake from Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland

    Spoken Word video - Bullying Free Cyberland

    Akanesi got involved in Web Rangers to support several friends who had experienced cyber-bullying. A fan of spoken word, she produced a piece that aims to reach out to victims and send a strong message to bullies that what you say online, stays online.

    Justin Myburgh from Te Kura Pounamu in Wellington

    Cyberbullying rap song and campaign website, posters

    Justin entered the Web Rangers competition in a bid to help others who had experienced bullying. In addition to creating a clever video using animated text art accompanying a self-produced rap song, Justin developed an eye-catching poster and enlisted his dad to deliver it to schools and community centres on his work travels around the North Island.

    Abby Withington from Christchurch’s Dunstan High School

    Do the Dare on Facebook + video

    Abby is a member of Sticks n Stones, a Central Otago group that has young people promoting taking positive actions online. Abby decided to turn the traditional anti-bullying campaign on its head by encouraging others to do something positive. ‘Do the Dare’ is about getting people to say nice things to each other rather than being negative.


  • Maggy Liu from Auckland’s Rangitoto College

    Taking SAT vocabulary with cyberbullying take - Define Words Not People

    Maggy’s love of SAT vocabulary led her to develop a clever Facebook page where she creates thought-provoking descriptions of words related to web safety and cyber-bullying.

    Define Words

    Hayley van Waas from Wellington’s Palmerston North Girls’ High School

    Video + school presentation - Making a World of a Difference

    Hayley got involved with Web Rangers to spread a single message: the internet builds your reputation, what you post will always come back. She created a video showing the effects of sending hurtful comments to others online and developed a presentation she delivered at school assembly, and to younger students at local primary schools.

    Nikki Wheeler from Christchurch’s Dunstan High School

    Stopping rumours from spreading - Don’t Spread It on Facebook + video

    Don't Spread It is Nikki’s campaign to getting people to notice how quickly rumours spread and how damaging they can be. This was the first time Nikki had created animation - it took her a whole day to complete, and achieved a great result. Between the video and Facebook page Don’t Spread It has reached hundreds of people.