Your fjords deep touch forests old
with water pure and rich and cold,
O bountiful channels of salt-sweet sea
’tis there I hear your story told.

Your virgin shores caress the seas
and white-topped waves flirt with the breeze,
O fair sweet land of southern climes
’tis there, ’tis there my heart finds ease.

Your snow-fed lakes serene and blue
admired by all, as is their due,
O mother waters of the sweeping plains
’tis there my mind drinks deep of you.

Your hills hide tracts of greenstone jade
and guard the coal that time has made,
O gold-filled veins of thy blessed earth
’tis there my homage will be paid.

Your wide, vast pools of boiling mud
which seem to me my country’s blood,
O glorious heart of the northern isle
’tis there my tears for home will flood.

Your mighty alps reach to the sky
embrace the clouds that float on high,
O ancient spine of the southern isle
’tis there my soul does often lie.

Your highest peak, the proud Mount Cook
upon this fairest land does look,
O beauteous crown of this, my home
‘tis there I’ll stand when life’s forsook.

Aotearoa – your name in ancient tongue
a glittering jewel since time begun,
O wonderous “Land of the Long White Cloud”
’tis by me shall your glory be ever sung.



Melbourne, Australia

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Well although I’ve lived in Australia nearly half my life now, I’m a true-blue Kiwi & nowhere else will ever really be home … I wrote this on New Zealand Day in 1991, feeling homesick & far away.

I’ve never put any of my poetry up for public view before, so here goes

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