Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".
With 100 days to go before the commencement of the 2015 ICC World Cup, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Friday invited Indian cricket fans to visit his country during the Feb 14-March 29 event, to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
New Zealand will hold a binding referendum in 2016 on changing the national flag, with Prime Minister John Key hoping to drop the current design featuring Britain`s Union Jack in favour of a silver fern.
New Zealand will tighten laws to address the potential threat posed by "foreign terrorist fighters" returning to the country from conflict hotspots such as Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister John Key said Monday.
New Zealand`s ruling National Party has lost its election night absolute majority, but will remain in power with the support of coalition partners following the completion of vote counting on Saturday.
Early results in a cliffhanger New Zealand election on Saturday suggested conservative Prime Minister John Key was set to claim victory, with voters ignoring campaign allegations of dirty tricks and spying.
Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory on Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term in office, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.
Hagley Oval Pavilion, which will host the ICC World Cup opener, was inaugurated at a ceremony here attended by over 150 guests, including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel.
With New Zealand`s economy finally humming after successive shocks from the global financial crisis and a devastating 2011 earthquake, Prime Minister John Key`s constant refrain ahead of Saturday`s election has been to keep the good times rolling.