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My Last Official Tout of the 2018 Winter Olympics – 26 year Wait Ends for New Zealand with TWO Bronze Medals!

I am amending the Sanders Olympic Policy on Official Touts for nations and persons due to the confluence of the long wait and the number of medals for this nation.

It’s New Zealand!

Here is the story from AOL News:

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott broke the 26-year medal drought with a bronze in the women’s snowboarding big air competition. Sadowski-Synnott, who was born in Australia but moved to New Zealand at six years old, has a New Zealander father and an American mother.


Shortly after, fellow teenage New Zealander Nico Porteous captured bronze in the men’s ski halfpipe. * * * New Zealand, though, not only took bronze but also fourth, with Porteous finishing just over three points ahead of fellow countryman Beau-James Wells.

I know very little about these sports but want to honor Sadowski-Synnott and Porteous.  They will probably be national heroes and it is wonderful to see a nation to have two medals in such a short time.

So, New Zealand and these two athletes get the Official Sanders Tout, the victory lap (took me several days to find my New Zealand flag and I found it today!) and here is the New Zealand national anthem with the wonderfully politically incorrect lyrics stated in English right here below (thanks Wikipedia):

1. God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

2. Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

3. Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

4. Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country’s spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

5. May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

It is even better in Maori (not a direct translation):

1. O Lord, God,
Of all people
Listen to us,
Cherish us
May good flourish,
May your blessings flow
Defend Aotearoa

2. Let all people,
Red skin, white skin
Māori, Pākehā
Gather before you
May all our wrongs, we pray,
Be forgiven
So that we might say long live

3. May it be forever prestigious,
May it go from strength to strength,
May its fame spread far and wide,
Let not strife
Nor dissention ensue,
May it ever be great

4. Let its territory
Be ever enlightened
Throughout the land
Let envy and dissension
Be dispelled,
Let peace reign
Over Aotearoa

5. Let its good features endure,
Let righteousness and honesty prevail
Among the people of God
Let it never be ashamed,
But rather, let its name be known
Thereby becoming the model to emulate

I love it!  Especially that first, second and fifth verses in Maori!  Here is the national anthem of New Zealand, a beautiful land I hope I can visit someday.



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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