Do National Anthems capture the current zeitgeist of a nation? – New Zealand Does It Better Competition

National Anthems are meant to allude to historical moments of both struggle and glory, and to traditions. However, some were written centuries ago and were never updated to include more recent events.

For instance, the Dutch National Anthem – written while the Netherlands fought to become independent from the Spanish Empire – still compares the Spanish crown to a tyrant. Surely modern day Spain would prefer to be taken out of this narrative 😊

With this in mind, our first mission to you is: Rewrite the national anthem in a way that you believe will fit New Zealand’s current personality and zeitgeist. Are you up to the challenge?

To participate in this mission, please follow this simple rules:

♣ Post a new TOPIC on with your national anthem
♣ Add the letters « DIB » in front of the title (e.g.: DIB – My National Anthem)
♣ Complete the mission by 11th March at 23:59

Remember: By joining the New Zealand Does It Better competition, you can earn 3000 points each week and 35,000 points at the end!


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