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Good national song not
necessarily good anthem
I listened to David Smith s song
New Zealand! New Zealand!
online, as sung by the Bel Canto
choir of Burnside High School and
thought it a very good song in
praise of New Zealand. It could
well be a national song, although
there are other contenders.
However a national anthem has
to be more than a song. It may
well be sung by a crowd or
individual, with or without
accompanying musicians, but it
also has to be something that can
be played with dignity by a band,
military or otherwise, on
ceremonial and national
occasions. Sometimes with a
military salute such as on ANZAC
Day, sometimes at a flag raising
ceremony at the Olympics. I would
suggest that God Defend New
Zealand serves well as an anthem
but not as a national song.
Strength in lyrics
For me, the New Zealand national
anthem is a must keep .
It s an anthem that brings New
Zealanders to a place beyond
themselves, requesting God to
defend our beautiful nation of
peoples and resources, where we
in our own strengths cannot.
To say that God has not
defended our nation at times is
saying that God exists, but doesn t
do his job. In difficult times, if you
can t turn to God, then you re on
your own, mate! I believe that in
general, the people of New
Zealand have an appreciation that
we, as a tiny nation, have
withstood many global and local
disasters against the odds.
When I see the tear-swelled
faces of our nation s best in the
world Olympics and the All Blacks
singing hard out, I see proud New
Zealanders pouring themselves
into the lyrics, saying OMG!
Thank God! Our anthem s lyrics
take us beyond our natural ability
and give us strength beyond
ourselves. May God continue to
defend our free land.
It strikes me plainly that David
Smith is saying we don t need
God. I believe we do.
Our family have listened many
times [to David Smith s song].
We don t believe the song is
worthy of being the New Zealand
national anthem. We all feel
proud when we hear God Defend
New Zealand, which we hope will
never be replaced.
Mentioning God has no
relevance to the world wars (man-
made), earthquakes (natural
disaster). We also feel the song is
very similar to I Call Australia
Home. We feel it does not have the
same national feeling to rate in
this category of national songs.
Poi-E would be a better choice for
a national song.
Sharon Holdem & family
No hate involved
I was appalled by Susan
Jackman s comment in the
November 21 issue, when she said
The God-haters have changed
enough in this world.
We are not God-haters, but
atheists. You cannot hate
something that does not exist.
Now before you tell me that he
does exist, please consider this.
You believe in God because your
parents made you believe.
If you were born in Iran, you
would believe in a different
religion (Islam), and same for
India (Hindu and Buddha).
Religious belief is based on
where you are born, not the
existence of a god.
I could produce a long list of
how religion has changed the
world, right down to what
shopping we can do on certain
days, and how it prevents gay
couples from marriage.
Religion even tells us that if a
woman is raped, she must marry
her abuser (Deuteronomy
22:28-29), or kill your rebellious
son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
I ll leave you with this quote
from Stephen F Roberts:
I contend that we are both
atheists. I just believe in one
fewer god than you do. When you
understand why you dismiss all
the other possible gods, you will
understand why I dismiss yours.
I was talking to a friend about
Rangiora and she suggested that
we need an attraction to
encourage Christchurch people to
make the journey to Rangiora.
We think nothing of going to
Christchurch, but for them it is an
expedition. As she said, if we only
have events to attract them, they
will only come once, and it would
be much better if such visits were
interspersed through the year and
much more frequent.
We need something to make
Christchurch people think let us
go and visit Rangiora . Maybe a
theme park based on our farming
service area history, with a
petting zoo of farm animals, a
barn, shearing demonstrations/
competitions etc. Perhaps we
could offer cheap rental to a
person in return for their
maintainance of the area.
Let us put our thinking caps on,
and come up with an attraction.
I write regarding the plight of
Rangiora s iconic nursery school.
It is with interest that I have read
the informed letters in the
Northern Outlook. Rangiora
Nursery School is a well respected
community identity, which has
been around for more than half a
I am a previous pupil of the
nursery and have memories of
Mrs Golding, at that time
supervisor, and happy hours spent
at the Nursery School.
Today, one of the most special
aspects of the nursery school is
that it is community based. This
means that all profits are
returned to the nursery school and
not to some corporate group who
has ownership and runs a profit-
driven enterprise. This type of
centre is becoming rare and must
be preserved. The high school has
much land and profit from recent
land sales...surely it can afford
to build on a different setting
within the school s boundaries, for
the school s needs? From all
accounts, the nursery school is
well set up, is excellently
resourced, runs a recommended
educational programme, provides
a friendly, welcoming
environment and has a good
record of parent involvement.
These qualities are paramount in
the provision of the very
successful early childhood
environment which is provided at
the Rangiora Nursery School.
Hole needs fixing
Regarding the story about the Old
Waimakariri bridge repairs due to
start by end of month (Outlook,
November 10) -- good.
But what would be even better
would be for (the council) to
inspect the central Kaiapoi town
one that s supposed to be fixed,
before (its) inept team begins
other grandiose plans.
What s wrong? Look at the
north-east path end, where it joins
the footpath proper. For the third
time, this patch has a bigger than
leg-depth hole! I turned my
mobility scooter and drove back
north until I found an un-needed
fluoro cone, dirty thing, and went
back and put it point-first down
the hole so no one breaks a leg
after crossing there.
It s obvious to me that the loose
metal fill under the previous
bitumen patches is finding its way
down to the river, with traffic
vibrations and late shakes
helping. No quick fix again please.
Do it once more, but do it well!
Oh, the Waimak bridge? In my
six years here, I ve never driven
over it and seen pedestrians.
Perhaps their route needs
widening or improving too?
Thanks to finder
I would like to say a big thank you
to the wonderful person who found
my daughter s necklace at Dudley
Pool on Saturday. This was a very
special gift to her and we are
extremely grateful to you for
handing it in. Many, many
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