Wednesday, July 16, 2008

National Anthem in Maori.

One of my overseas friends asked - when did the first verse start to be sung in Maori on a regular basis?

2 comments:

Leta said...

See Protocol for using New Zealand's National Anthems where it says:
There are no set guidelines when performing 'God Defend New Zealand' in both English and Maori. The current protocol allows for either version to be sung in any order. However, when singing the first verse in Maori it is practice to repeat the verse in English.

daharja said...

Thanks for that. As someone new to these shores, I had wondered. And thanks to Alan for posting the issue.