Foreword by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Prologue: What is a national anthem? 1. God Save the Queen 2. Maoriland and Zealandia 3. The Fernlanders: Bracken and Woods 4. 'God Defended New Zealand': The early years 5. The Rise 6. The Fall 7. Guard Pacific's Triple Star 8. Crown or Country 9. The Also-Rans Coda Notes Bibliography Acknowledgements Index
Max Cryer is one of New Zealand's most prominent entertainers and broadcasters. Well-known as a singer, compere, television presenter and quizmaster, in recent years he has gained further celebrity through his popular 'Curious Questions' programme on National Radio, and three best-selling Curious books about the English language. He has always had a strong interest in early Victorian and colonial songs. Max is a full-time writer living in Auckland.