Story: National anthems

Anthem man

Aucklander John Robert Steed wrote alternative words to 'God defend New Zealand', and from 1996 promoted them widely, travelling around the country in his patriotically decorated caravan. His proposed words are:

Proudly we rise to our feet
Together we are people of peace,
Respect for those who have gone before,
Keeping our homeland free evermore.

We have a country natural and grand,
The best on the globe is New Zealand,
All races mix living hand in hand,
Aotearoa is New Zealand.

New Zealand, New Zealand,
Land of the long white cloud,
New Zealand, New Zealand,
People who live within are very proud.

In this video clip, he sings his version.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National anthems - Analysing the anthems', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012