Try these extra tricks to tailor your search results and get exactly what you need.

Focus your search results

Choose the type of content you want to see. The default search is for articles, but you can limit the results to events, profiles or show everything.

You can also focus your results further by using the filters on the right. Choose as many as you need from the Source, Type, Tag and More menus (Some filters available for Media, Reports and Tools only). The search results will update with each selection you make.


  • You can filter your searches by tags you’ve added (Media and Tools only). This is really handy for creating reports where the content is across multiple folders. From article pages you can click on tags you’ve added to see all the other articles with that tag.


Entering the search term All Blacks (without quotes) will give you results that include the word ‘All’ and the word ‘Blacks’. Put your search terms in quotes to search for a specific phrase or name such as “All Blacks”.



Try using AND, OR, NOT (in caps):

  • Use ‘AND’ to get results that include both phrases. For example – government AND “climate change”
  • Use ‘OR’ to get results that include either phrase. For example – “global warming” OR “climate change”
  • Use ‘NOT’ to exclude something from your results. For example – “climate change” NOT “El Nino”
  • Add brackets to group your search terms. For example – (“El Nino” OR “La Nina”) AND “climate change”


Search by field

You can also search within specific fields.

  • Search for content by title. For example – title:government
  • Search for content by article copy. For example – content:tvnz
  • Search for content from a specific group. For example – group:nzru
  • Search for content from a specific person. For example – from:”joe bloggs”
  • Search for content with a specific tag. For example – tag:”living wage”
  • Search for content within multiple fields. For example – (title:tvnz OR content:tvnz)
  • Search for content and exclude specific content types. For example – “climate change” NOT contentType:blog
  • Search for content and exclude specific sources. For example – “climate change” NOT from:Kiwiblog



Use a wildcard to replace characters or digits and make sure you cover all bases.

  • To do a single character wildcard search use a ‘?’. For example – te?t
  • To do a multiple character wildcard search use a ‘*’. For example – te*t
Search by URL

You can search for content that matches a particular URL pattern.

For example, to find content that appeared in the NZ Herald opinion section, you would run the following search.


A ‘\’ needs to be placed before unsupported characters (e.g ‘/’ or ‘.’) for this search to work successfully. The ‘*’ is a wildcard.

Boost keyword importance

You can boost the importance of a search term by using ‘^(boost factor)’. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be relative to the other terms. For example to search for either ‘fish’ or ‘snapper’, where you’re more interested in results that include ‘snapper’, search for – snapper^4 OR fish

Related keywords

You can find words that are mentioned within a specific distance of each other using ‘~’. For example to search for ‘tea’ and ‘coffee’ within 10 words of each other search for – “tea coffee”~10

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