It's already been featured on a local real estate agent's blog, and pressures of commitments at the moment meant I didn't post this back on 16 November when I took the shots. But here it is, better late than never: the St Michaels Ave, Pt Chevalier, telly mural: God Defend New Zealand. A media mural used as a backdrop for a TV3 production which screened in October here, regarding the story behind our national anthem.
These media murals are forming a sub-species all their own, I think. See also the Federal Street work of art.
Featuring John Joseph Woods (music) ...
Thomas Bracken (lyrics).
'God defend New Zealand' is rather a dreary dirge for a national song however, it will be ready if the Russians come.
Nelson Evening Mail 10 November 1877
We have received from Mr J. J. Woods a copy of the music and words of the National Anthem, "God Defend New Zealand." The words are by Mr Thomas Bracken, of Dunedin, and the music by Mr J. J. Woods, of Lawrence and the piece has been published by Messrs Hopwood and Crew, of Bond street, London. The anthem is so well known to most of our readers that it is not necessary for us to say a word in its praise. The title page of the copy before us has been beautifully illuminated, and in the centre is a good portrait of Mr T. Bracken.
Otago Witness 15 June 1878
There was a rival ...
A very successful rehearsal of the children who are to assist in singing Zealandia and God Defend New Zealand" was held yesterday afternoon. It is intended to request the audience to join in the ohorue of these anthems.
Christchurch Star 11 October 1895
Might have been "All Hail Zealandia!" as seen in this post on the Hocken blog. Here's another ...
Dear Percy Flage,—Looking through an old music book just now I came across "New Zealand's National Song." I've never seen it before. The music has no composer and is an unknown melody to me. The words are as follows, and I wonder whether any of your readers can identify either words or music, and state how it came to be called the National Song, when "God Defend New Zealand" has that honour:—God girt her about with the surgesAnd winds of the masterless deep,Whose tumult uprouses and urgesQuick billows to sparkle and leap:He fill'd from the life of their motionHer nostrils with breath of the sea,And gave her afar in the ocean,A citadel free!G.H.
Evening Post 18 April 1945