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thought about what she might discuss with the
royal guests, but she knows it may not go to plan.
I m usually a chatty person, but I will probably
be that excited I will just freeze up and won t be
able to say anything.
The last royal to visit the show was Princess
Anne in 2008 and Mrs Notley was there.
She enjoyed a brief chat with the princess, but
was a little starstruck.
Princess Anne was lovely, very charming, but I
was that excited I m not sure what we talked
The passionate fan has visited Britain and
taken in all the big landmarks including the
Crown Jewels, the changing of the guard at Buck-
ingham Palace and Princess Diana s memorial.
Mrs Notley was destined for a special bond with
Her mother made new dresses for Jan and her
sister Barbara to wear when they lined the streets
to wave to the Queen in the 1950s.
Afterwards I told my mother she (the Queen)
had looked straight at me.
A young Jan started a scrapbook for every royal
occasion that captivated her young mind.
In 2011, Mrs Notley and her granddaughter
Ashton watched every minute of the television
coverage from Prince William and Kate
Middleton s wedding.
Another scrapbook was started, but more
importantly another young mind was captivated
by the royal family.
Just like her grandmother, Ashton will be chas-
ing royal waves for many years to come.
Songwriter says Kiwis
need a Kiwi anthem
David Smith at
By MAT KERMEEN
A MERIVALE man is on a mission to
change the national anthem to some-
thing more New Zealand .
David Smith is critical of God
Defend New Zealand, saying it is a
religious hymn that is totally
unusable as this country s national
Mr Smith is not some weekend
warrior who has suddenly
decided New Zealand
needs a new national
song. He has been
penning songs for
over 70 years
and written over 1000 -- 50 of which have
His biggest hit so far, A Mother as
Lovely as You, was recorded in
America, Australia, Britain and
in New Zealand by over 20
But no song makes the for-
mer chartered accountant
prouder than New Zealand!
He is proud of
where he is from,
has respect for the
-- but cannot
has a hymn as
as a religious hymn in 1876 by Irish
immigrant Thomas Bracken and Aust-
ralian immigrant John Joseph Woods.
Shouldn t we have something written
about New Zealand that is uplifting and
The songwriter argues that God has
not necessarily defended New Zealand in
its time of need.
"We had World War I where we lost
40,000 soldiers, we lost many more in
World War II, we had the earthquakes in
Canterbury. God did not defend New Zea-
He would love to see his song become
the national anthem, but he knows that
is a big ask.
Even if we could just have it acknow-
ledged as a national song, rather than
the anthem. Most countries have
national songs -- look at Australia with
Waltzing Matilda and I call Australia
In 1976, with the permission of Queen
Elizabeth II, the government adopted
God Defend New Zealand as a national
anthem of equal status with God Save
Last month, Mr Smith teamed up with
Burnside High School s award winning
choir Bel Canto and Orange Studios to
record the song he hopes New Zealanders
will embrace -- and hopefully replace God
Defend New Zealand.
The song can be heard at www.davids
HAVE YOUR SAY:
Do you think God Defend New Zealand is an
appropriate anthem for our country? Email to
Geoff.Mein@press.co.nz, or post to: Editor,
Christchurch Mail, Private Bag 4722,
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