01/03/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Today marks one week since the Christchurch earthquake (at 9 minutes to 1pm, when two minutes of silence will be observed).
Back in October 2010 I painted Canvas #7: A Kiwi Prayer [view the post here]. The painting symbolised how our New Zealand national anthem is not only a song of nationhood and solidarity, but – if you read and absorb the lyrics – it is also an amazing prayer.
New Zealander, Cindy Ruakere, recorded (prior to the earthquake) a wonderful rendition of our national anthem. Cindy’s heartfelt version has been embraced, over this last week, by a nation that is hurting. As one local radio DJ said, he had never felt so patriotic before, until he heard this song.
You can listen, and read the words, in the video below. The first verse is sung in Maori, as is the norm.
BTW: this version is 7 minutes long, and includes all verses of the anthem (for all Kiwis who thought our anthem only had two verses, you’ll probably be surprised!).