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New Zealand National Anthem

There are actually two national anthems, God Defend New Zealand and God Save The Queen.

New Zealanders are proud people and there are few things more stirring than watching the New Zealand All Blacks singing God Defend New Zealand before a Rugby Test Match.

God Defend New Zealand-English Version

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 starFrom 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 beFreedom'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.

God Defend New Zealand-Mâori Version

E Ihowâ Atua,O ngâ iwi mâtou râÂta whakarangona;Me aroha noaKia hua ko te pai;Kia tau tô atawhai;Manaakitia maiAotearoa

Ôna mano tângataKiri whero, kiri mâ,Iwi Mâori, Pâkehâ,Rûpeke katoa,Nei ka tono ko ngâ hçMâu e whakaahu kç,Kia ora mârireAotearoa

Tôna mana kia tû!Tôna kaha kia û;Tôna rongo hei pakûKi te ao katoaAua rawa ngâ whawhaiNgâ tutû e tata mai;Kia tupu nui aiAotearoa

Waiho tona takiwâKo te ao mârama;Kia whiti tôna râTaiâwhio noa.Ko te hae me te ngangauMeinga kia kore kau;Waiho i te rongo mauAotearoa

Tôna pai me toitûTika rawa, pono pû;Tôna noho, tâna tû;Iwi nô Ihowâ.Kaua môna whakamâ;Kia hau te ingoa;Kia tû hei tauira;Aotearoa






To listen to New Zealand National Anthems God Defend New Zealand and God Save The Queen click here. This will take you to the Ministry For Culture and Heritage site.