New Zealand National Anthem

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by admin

new zealand national anthem

New Zealand actually has two national anthems, God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen. The New Zealand national anthem is very popular.

God Defend New Zealand is however the New Zealand national anthem sung in schools, at official events and International sporting events.

Below is a video of the full New Zealand national anthem with subtitles added so you can learn it:

You will however find that the full anthem is very seldom sung as it is so long. Only the first two verses are usually sung here they are :

E Ihowā Atua
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai
Kia tau tō atawhai
Manaakitia mai

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

For interest sake, this is what the Maori verse translates to:

O Lord, God,
of all people
Listen to us,
Cherish us
May good flourish,
May your blessings flow.

The Kiwis are a very proud nation and being able to stand up alongside them and sing the New Zealand national anthem as a fellow Kiwi is an awesome feeling, especially when we are playing the Ozzies ;-)

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