God Defend New Zealand…


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!).


7 thoughts on “God Defend New Zealand…

  1. leonabriggs says:

    I had never heard NZ’s national anthem! Both the words and the rendition are beautiful. I particularly enjoyed hearing the Maori verse. Thanks for sharing
    I can see how this anthem would be a great comfort to the people in Christchurch. We are still praying for your nation!

  2. leonabriggs says:

    Is it okay if I link people from my blog to yours to hear the anthem?

  3. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Thank you Leona. The “rescue” has gone into “recovery” mode. There will be over 200 dead by the time the work is finished. Very sad. The next challenge will be trying to get a city back on its feet and productive…especially when the aftershocks continue.
    Prayer is so important at a time like this…it is one way we can help from afar.

  4. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Absolutely Leona…link away! It’s a prayer to share!

  5. […] you ever heard the national anthem of New Zealand?  Link here to check out Sarah’s website and hear the anthem.  I can imagine this is comforting to the […]

  6. Patti says:

    That is indeed a beautiful and powerful prayer – thanks for sharing!

  7. Sarah Ritchie says:

    You are most welcome. Our anthem usually brings a tear to my eye.

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