Australian Claire Polosak and her New Zealand counterpart Kathy Cross will become the first women to adjudicate at any T20 World Cup after being included in a 31-person team of officials to oversee the concurrent men’s and women’s tournaments. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Aussie and NZ women umpires make history in World T20

Kathy Cross and Claire Polosak are the first female umpires to officiate in the Women’s World T20 New Zealand’s Kathleen Cross made history by becoming the first woman umpire to officiate in... Read more »
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New Zealand to keep its current flag after spending $17.6m in referendum

Ten months, 10,000 designs yet no new flag for New Zealand WELLINGTON (New Zealand) — Ten months, 10,000 new designs and $17.6 million later, New Zealanders have decided to keep their current... Read more »
New Zealand's second win in two games makes them firm favourites to reach the semi-finals of the tournament but is a big blow to Australia's hopes of winning a trophy that has so far proven elusive. (Photo: AP)

World Twenty20: New Zealand beat Australia by 8 runs

New Zealand bowled with a lot of heart to stop Australia at 134 for nine after making 142 for eight New Zealand took a big step towards the semi-finals of the World... Read more »
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Denmark is world’s ‘happiest country’ and Burundi ‘the least happy’

Denmark has reclaimed its place as the world’s happiest country, while Burundi ranks as the least happy nation, according to the fourth World Happiness Report.  The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and... Read more »
Kane Williamson takes top honour at NZ Cricket Awards

Kane Williamson takes top honour at New Zealand Cricket Awards

New Zealand Cricket Awards paid homage to some outstanding performances and paid tribute one last time to one of the most influential Black Caps captains in history. Black Caps batsman and captain... Read more »
The Thani family arrived in Wellington on Friday to start their new life here. Rawad, 5, walks with his mum, Amena, and 3-year-old sister, Naba, while dad Wael carries son Salim, 2.

New Zealand welcomes Syrian refugees to new home

The first Syrian refugees to enter New Zealand since the government announced it would take additional people have arrived in Wellington. A group of 74 Syrian refugees have headed to their new Wellington... Read more »
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New Year 2016: Australia and New Zealand lit up with stunning fireworks

Australians have ushered in the new year, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering for fireworks displays around the country. Australia and New Zealand were one of the first countries to welcome... Read more »

Australia and New Zealand dollar forecasts for 2016

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Silver fern tops New Zealand flag referendum

Silver fern tops New Zealand flag referendum

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Warner's double-century powers Australia, crushes NZ spirits

Warner’s double-century powers Australia, crushes NZ spirits

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New Zealand players celebrate victory at the final whistle. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealand beat Australia to retain Rugby World Cup in a thrilling final

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Brazilian natives of the Pareci tribe dance before playing head football with a hand-made ball, during the first day of the International Games of Indigenous Peoples, in Cuiaba, state of Mato Grosso, on November 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Christophe SimonCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images EXHIBITION TO REMEMBER ONE OF CUBA’S BEST ARTISTS 60th anniversary of Pak-Cuban diplomatic ties Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Islamabad—The new custodian of the Cuban embassy, Jesús Zenén Buergo Concepción, Ambassador of the Republic Cuba in Pakistan, Wednesday, received the elites of the town, diplomats and art aficionados at the exhibition of the works of Cuban artists. According to Zenén Buergo the day was important for three reasons; it marked the National Culture Day of the Republic of Cuba, 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Cuba and was featured in the memory of great Cuban singer Sara Gonzalez. One could see a large number of diplomats taking interest in 30 engravings by Cuban artists put on display at the embassy. The title of the exhibition should have been ‘30 engravings by 30 artists’ quipped a guest, however another standing nearby said it was very thoughtful of Zenén Buergo to name the exhibition after a great Brazilian star Sara Gonzalez. “For the first time in Pakistan works of 30 Cuban artists was put on display,” said she. Ambassador Sara Gonzalez too made a reference to this earlier in his speech saying such a magnificent collection has never been displayed before at the Embassy of Cuba. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed was the guest at the evening. Most of the art pieces were lithographic, some Xylographic and a couple of them were calligraphic. Visitors also took interest in Silkscreen printing work. The titles of the engravings were also wistfully chosen like “Si me Pides el pescado” or “If you ask me the Fish,” “Canto del Amor y la Vida” or “Singing of Love and Life,” Cancion de Acero” or “Song of Heart of Steel”, “La mona de Sara” or “The Monkey Sara” and “Ofrendo” or “I offer”. Here one must compliment the staff and officials of the embassy in briefing the guests about each piece of art and engraving. Though this is the exhibition first of its kind, yet one hopes and wishes it will not be the last as Pakistani art lovers find many common aspects in the artworks of the artists of the two countries, remarked an art lover while talking to Pakistan Observer. Cuban art is derived from the roots and rituals of its peoples so does Pakistan’s and I see no reason this does not find its prominent place in our local art world and the credit for this will go to the Cuban ambassador, he further said. An exhibition showcasing a Cuban art collection was organised at the residence of the Swiss Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission Roger Kull on Saturday. Titled “Archivos Babalú”, the exhibition comprised over 70 small and medium silk screen prints produced by various Cuban artists who were trained under contemporary Cuban artist Liudmila Lopez Dominguez. “I’m very happy to be the first one to bring Cuban art to Pakistan,” said Dominguez, adding that through the exhibition, she aimed to bridge cultures and explore the potential for exchange opportunities from both countries. Dominguez’s work also featured in the exhibition among the 40 Cuban artists who have presented silk-screen printing, an old Chinese art technique prepared manually. “Whatever you see here has been produced in my workshop,” said Dominguez, who is the owner and director of her studio-gallery “Bablú Ayé” in Havana, Cuba. Using solid, bold and bright colours, the art pieces were quirky and vibrant with a mix of themes, layers and subjects. There was a recurring element of women’s feet clad in richly-detailed and elaborately-ornamented footwear, painted toe-nails with intermittent props such as guitars, the Cuban flag, eyes, blank slates and black-and-white spirals. The talented young Cuban artist Liudmila López Domínguez is an example of that. Her inspiration is women’s shoes, and they have been the theme of a countless number of works that she has exhibited in many countries. “Shoes reflect my interest in continuing my discourse about gender, which involves what I can symbolically depict. This allows me to make connections between my own personal history and the collective one that are related to glamour, classes, comfort, and even states of mind.” López is a graduate of the José Joaquin Tejada School of Fine Arts in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. She devoted the initial years of her career to painting, and especially to engraving, and believes that as one of the most complete techniques, it gave her a strong background. López has exhibited her work in many solo and collective shoes in Cuba and abroad inlcuding Spain (2001), United States (2002), Greece. This young artist has won many awards and mentions for her outstanding work Compositora, Cuban singer and guitarist Cuban Singer songwriter Sara González, member of the Movimiento de la Nueva Trova (Cuban New Song Movement) Singer-songwriter Sara Gonzalez, one of the original voices of the New Cuban Song Movement, has died in Havana, official media reported. She died in Havana, Cuba in 2012 at the age of 60. The Cuban newspaper Granma published an article entitled “Sara will always be the voice of victory”, which described her as one of the paradigmatic voices of the Cuban New Song Movement over the past 50 years.

Over 2,000 ethnic athletes to participate in World Indigenous Games in Brazil

Participants arrive for first ‘indigenous Olympics’ from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand PALMAS, BRAZIL — World’s first “indigenous Olympics” kicked off... Read more »
The two-week “Talisman Sabre” exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia.

Australia, US kick off massive military exercise in NT and Queensland

United States and Australia started a joint military exercise called ‘Talisman Sabre’ which is set to go on for two weeks in the states of Northern Territory and Queensland. The US and... Read more »
Australia and New Zealand to play first day-night Test cricket

Australia and New Zealand to play first day-night Test cricket

Cricket’s first day-night Test will be the centrepiece of an enhanced relationship between Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket. To be played in Adelaide from November 27 to December 1, the historic... Read more »

Travel Tips: How not to behave in 15 countries around the world

Different countries have different customs. A hand gesture can be harmless in one country, but be highly offensive in another. In order to help you avoid any faux pas on your next... Read more »

Air NZ to boost Perth-Auckland route to 10 times a week

Air New Zealand is adding extra flights to Perth to support the Kiwi flag carrier’s services to the Americas. The new three times a week Perth-Auckland offering, which starts on December 11 2015 and... Read more »

New Zealand bans Cosmetic testing on Animals

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New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori announces retirement from international cricket

AUCKLAND (New Zealand) — Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has called time on his international career, saying the World Cup final against Australia was his last appearance for the Black Caps.... Read more »

Australian bowlers dismiss New Zealand for 183 in Cricket World Cup final

MELBOURNE, (Australia) – Mitchell Starc bowled Brendon McCullum for a duck in the first over and the Australian bowlers maintained the relentless pressure to dismiss New Zealand for 183 in the Cricket... Read more »

New Zealand’s Grant Elliott sinks South Africa to steer NZ into World Cup Final

The Black Caps dream lives on after they won what must rate as one of the most memorable of all World Cup games by four wickets. Grant Elliott, perceived by some to... Read more »

New Zealand reach first World Cup final after dramatic win over South Africa

AUCKLAND (New Zealand) – New Zealand and South Africa have played out a World Cup semi-final thriller at Eden Park, with the Black Caps claiming a place in the final with a dramatic... Read more »

Netflix launched in Australia and New Zealand

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New Zealand’s Guptill makes World Cup history with highest-ever score of 237

By Martin Smith New Zealand opener breaks all kinds of records on his way to an amazing unbeaten 237 against West Indies in the World Cup quarter-final. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill... Read more »

Guptill’s double century powers New Zealand to beat West Indies

New Zealand beats West Indies by 143 runs in second quarter final. Thus, it’s time to wave goodbye to the quarter-finals and to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies. Four titans remain:... Read more »