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National anthems

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

The above YouTube clip features God Defend New Zealand in the New Zealand Sign Language, Māori and English.

In this section you’ll find the words for both anthems along with sound files, musical scores, and information on the anthems’ protocols and history.

Related webpages

God Defend New Zealand/Aotearoa

God Save the King

History of God Defend New Zealand

History of God Save the King

John Joseph Woods - composer

Musical score for God Defend New Zealand

Piano and music scores


Sound files

Thomas Bracken - author

Updated on 11th May 2023