New Zealander National Anthem Lyrics

“God Defend New Zealand” is the national anthem of New Zealand and the New Zealander national anthem lyrics were written by Thomas Bracken English version and Thomas H. Smith Māori version and the music to the New Zealander national anthem was composed by John Joseph Woods.

The National Anthem Lyrics for New Zealand

“God Defend New Zealand” was officially adopted as the national anthem of New Zealand in the year of 1977.


New Zealander National Anthem Lyrics in English

1. God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

2. Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

3. Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

4. Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country’s spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

5. May our mountains ever be
Freedoms ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

New Zealand National Anthem Lyrics in Māori

New Zealand National Anthem Lyrics in Māori


1. E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarongona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

2. Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

3. Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū a tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
Aotearoa

4. Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
Aotearoa

5. Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tana tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

New Zealander National Anthem Lyrics Meaning in English

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

2. Let all people,
Red skin, white skin
Māori, Pākehā
Gather before you
May all our wrongs, we pray,
Be forgiven
So that we might say long live
Aotearoa

3. May it be forever prestigious,
May it go from strength to strength,
May its fam spread far and wide,
Let not strife
Nor dissention ensue,
May it ever be great
Aotearoa

4. Let its territory
Be ever enlightened
Throughout the land
Let envy and dissension
Be dispelled,
Let peace reign
Over Aotearoa

5. Let its good features endure,
Let righteousness and honesty
Prevail
Among the people of God
Let it never be ashamed,
But rather, let its name be known
Thereby becoming the model to emulate
Aotearoa
New Zealander National Anthem Lyrics

When is New Zealander National Anthem Played or Sung?

National anthem of New Zealand is usually played or sang during national holidays, specifically on the independence day celebrations in New Zealand. It is also performed throughout cultural and other celebrations in New Zealand, generally marking off the start or the end of such celebrations.

National anthem of New Zealand is also typically performed in global sporting events, such as the Olympic Games as well school sport occasions.


What is the importance of New Zealander National Anthem in New Zealand?

The national anthem of New Zealand, like other national symbols of New Zealand, embodies the tradition, history, and faiths of New Zealand and its people. For this reason, it assists stimulate feelings of patriotism amongst the New Zealander people and advises them of their New Zealand’s splendor, appeal, and abundant heritage.

It also helps join the residents of New Zealand by one single song or music. During the performance of the New Zealander national anthem, people of New Zealand, in spite of their ethnic differences, rise up in unison and listen attentively or sing the song with terrific passion.

Sports men and women from New Zealand also feel a terrific moment of honor when they receive a medal at an international sporting event while New Zealand’s national anthem is played in the background. It provides a feeling of having made their nation proud. Students who listen to the national anthem of New Zealand in schools are taught to respect their country and develop a spirit of unity amongst themselves.