Story: National anthems
‘God of nations, at thy feet, in the bonds of love we meet …’ Journalist Thomas Bracken’s words to ‘God defend New Zealand’ are familiar to most New Zealanders – as, increasingly, is the Māori version of the anthem. Unusually, New Zealand has two national anthems. ‘God save the Queen’ (or, later, the King) was inherited from Britain when New Zealand became a colony. ‘God defend New Zealand’ did not become an official national anthem until 1977. In the 2000s it was common to sing a verse in Māori followed by a verse in English.