Why does NZ have 2 national anthems?

New Zealand is unique for having two national anthems of equal standing – God Defend New Zealand and God Save The Queen. Both were inspired by patriotism, yet written in very different circumstances.

Who sang NZ national anthem tonight?

Samoan singer Lupe Marriner will perform the New Zealand and Tongan anthems at North Harbour Stadium.

When did NZ stop singing God Save the Queen?

God Save the Queen It remained the country’s sole national anthem until 1977. There is no authorised version of the anthem as the words are a matter of tradition; only the first verse is usually sung.

Who wrote God Defend NZ?

Thomas Bracken
Thomas Henry Smith
God Defend New Zealand/Lyricists

When did God Defend NZ became a national anthem?

‘God defend New Zealand’ was composed in the 1870s, and became a national anthem in 1977.

Which language is used in New Zealand?

New Zealand Sign Language
New Zealand/Official languages

When did NZ change its national anthem?

“God Save the Queen” was New Zealand’s sole national anthem until the 1970s. In May 1973 a remit to change the New Zealand flag, declare a New Zealand republic and change the national anthem was voted down by the Labour Party at their national conference.

What language do New Zealand speak?

What is NZ triple star?

In God Defend New Zealand the first verse refers to ‘Pacific’s triple star’ – a line that has intrigued many. The meaning isn’t certain as Bracken didn’t leave detailed notes, but popular belief is that ‘Pacific’s triple star’ refers to New Zealand’s three main islands: the North, South and Stewart Islands.

When did the NZ national anthem include Māori?

In 1976 a petition was presented to Parliament, and the song became a national anthem in 1977. In the 2000s people often sang a verse in Māori and then a verse in English.

How do you say hello in New Zealand?

Start with Kia ora! Kia ora can be used to say hello, express gratitude, send love and make a connection. Kia ora is a warm and welcoming greeting you’ll hear throughout New Zealand and comes from the indigenous Māori language.

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