Nationalist ideology: Redux
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Hear our voices we entreat
26 July 2003
New Zealanders are being encouraged to take more pride in the national
anthem - learning the Maori and English verses and belting it out with
fervour. The campaign got a boost when Ministry of Maori Development and
Maori Language Commission staff handed out cards printed with the words of
the anthem to passengers flying out for the Bledisloe Cup rugby test in
Maori Language Commission chief executive Haami Piripi said the anthem was
about pride in being a New Zealander and in being bilingual. However, he was
reluctant to criticise those too shy or self-conscious to sing. "It's not a
compliance issue . . . people have to want to do it."
Te Puni Kokiri chief executive Leith Comer said he dreamed of the day when
television cameras panned down the All Black lineup and showed them all
putting their hearts into it. Unlike the haka, singing the anthem is
optional for the All Blacks and they do not practise it.
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