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God Defend New Zealand

Television (Full Length) – 2011

Fronted by David Farrier, this documentary traces the history of New Zealand's national anthem. Farrier dives into the archives to tell the story of the Thomas Bracken poem set to music by John Joseph Woods; and a band of musicians have a bash at updating it in 2011. The patriotic ditty was first played at an Olympic medal ceremony when our rowing eight won gold in 1972, displacing 'God Save the Queen. It was adapted into Māori as early as 1882, but a te reo version still caused controversy in 1999. The documentary screened on TV3, the day before the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

The product of an Irishman’s song writing competition during the 1800s, judged by three German guys living in Australia!
– David Farrier

Key Cast & Crew

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Leon Kirkbeck

Director, Camera, Executive Producer

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Bevan Crothers

Camera Operator

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Cass Avery

Executive Producer

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Francis Glenday


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Chris Tate


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David Farrier


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