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PROUD TO BE A KIWI

Words & Music - Phil Garland
© Kiwi Music

I came from Hawaiki far across the sea,
I sailed in the first canoe to reach this sanctuary.
I'm a warrior, a chieftain, the mighty Kauri tree,
The spirit of Tane is watching over me.

I'm a Cook - a British captain, who sailed the seven seas,
I'm Gisborne, where the world's first sunrise can be seen.
I'm a sealer and a whaler cast upon these shores,
I am the Fire-God speaking, when Ruapehu roars.

Chorus:-
I'm proud to be a Kiwi, standing strong and tall,
The spirit of our Nation unites us one and all.
Let's join hands together and sing in harmony,
Our land - New Zealand, means all the world to me.

I'm a settler and a pioneer, one of the pilgrim band,
I'm a farmer and a bushman, I helped to clear the land.
I am the snow-clad mountains, the mighty nor'west breeze,
I am the rugged valleys and the rivers running free.

I'm Gabriel Read - a miner, and I discovered gold,
I'm a shepherd - James McKenzie, whose exploits will be told.
I'm Richard Pearse - inventor, the first man yet to fly,
I'm an ANZAC at Gallipoli, whose memory never died.

Chorus...

I'm Slattery - The Shiner, my legend has begun,
I'm Hillary - a mountaineer, whose race is never run.
I'm an All Black and I wear the Silver Fern with pride,
I'm Footrot Flats, whose story is known far and wide.

I'm a woman and a mother, a companion and a wife,
I'm a child of the future, bringing dreams to life.
I'm a Poet and an Author writing stories fresh and bold,
I am the Nations Heritage, preserved for young and old.

Chorus....

NB:- "I'm a poet and an Author" refers to both James K Baxter and Kathryn Mansfield. Logically their names didn't quite fit the metre of the song. Depending on how the mood takes me, I have on occasions replaced "A shepherd - James Mckenzie etc" with "I'm Jean Batten, the first woman to fly around the world.

 

Phil Garland

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Updated: December 4, 2008