October 13, 2011

New Zealand anthem in Maori

The New Zealand national anthem is sung in Maori and English.

The Maori version is sung first at sporting events so if you need to add a singing lesson to your game plan, here are the words – and their translation, which is not exactly the formal English one, but more a modern variant.

So clear your throat and here we go:

E Ihowa Atua
O nga iwi matou ra
Ata whakarongona
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai
Kia tau to atawhai
Manaakitia mai


O Lord, God
Of all people
Listen to us
Cherish us
May good flourish
May your blessings flow
Defend Aotearoa

And here are both versions sung at the opening game

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