Monday, June 20, 2011

God defend New Zealand

Every Friday afternoon, I look forward to guiding my students down to the school hall where administration, classes, teachers, and parents meet to celebrate the children's successes, stars of the week, and the week's winning "house." My favorite part of each assembly is without question the students' choral singing of their countries national anthem. I'm still not sure if it's because the anthem expresses such unity and hope for the small nation, or because it reminds me of the who's in Whoville holding hands in the town center - Whatever it is, it brings tears to my eyes every time.

The anthem is sung first in Maori, and then New Zealand English.

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