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The New Zealand National Anthem

 

English Version
"God Defend New Zealand"

Written by Thomas Bracken in the 1870s. John Joseph Woods — Composer (1849-1932)


 

 


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.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Maori Version
The first Maori translation was carried out at the request of Governor Sir George Grey in 1878. The translator was Thomas H. Smith of Auckland, a judge in the Native Land Court. The most recent edition was translated by former Maori Language Commissioner, Professor Timoti S. Käretu.


E Ihowa Atua,
O nga iwi matou ra
ata whakarongona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau to atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

ona mano tangata
Kiri whero, kiri ma,
Iwi Maori Pakeha,
Rupeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko nga hë
Mau e whakaahu kë,
Kia ora marire
Aotearoa

Tona mana kia tu!
Tona kaha kia u;
Tona rongo hei paku
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa nga whawhai
Nga tutu a tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
Aotearoa

Waiho tona takiwa
Ko te ao marama;
Kia whiti tona ra
Taiawhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
Aotearoa

Tona pai me toitu
Tika rawa, pono pu;
Tona noho, tana tu;
Iwi no Ihowa.
Kaua mona whakama;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tu hei tauira;
Aotearoa

Official NZ Government Site, - For more detailed information, dowmloadable music scores, downloadable mp3 files and streaming rm performances of the national anthem by Ainslie Allen, String of Pearls, Frankie Stevens, and the Backing Track.
Also found on this site is a copy of the first and equally valid NZ anthem of "God Save The Queen"

 

The national anthem

vocal midi (instrumental)

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"God Defend New Zealand", DOWNLOAD the 3 page Music score in zip format (199kb)

 

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