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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 November 2004, 13:53 GMT
New Zealand rugby songs
The Haka

Ka mate - Ka mate
Ka ora - Ka ora
Ka mate - Ka mate
Ka ora - Ka ora
Tenei Te Tangata Puhuruhuru
Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra
Upane - Upane
Upane Kaupane
Whiti te ra

... a very rough translation!

It is death - It is death
It is life - It is life
It is death - It is death
It is life - It is life
This is the hairy man
Who caused the sun to shine again for me
Up the ladder - Up the ladder
Up to the top
The sun shines!

God Defend New Zealand

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

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

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

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

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's 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




SEE ALSO
All Black magic: New Zealand rugby
13 Nov 04 |  Internationals
Wales v New Zealand: Full record
13 Nov 04 |  Internationals
How to do the haka
10 Jun 05 |  Photo Galleries


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