New Zealand

God Defend New Zealand

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Lyrics:

Maori (verse 1):

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

English (verse 2):

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.

Details:

Composer:
John Joseph Woods
Lyricist:
Thomas Bracken
Date:
Lyrics: 1870s; Music: 1876; Adopted: 1940 (as national hymn), 1977 (as national anthem)
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