Tokelau

 

In 2005, the legislature of the Tokelau islands, a territory of New Zealand announced a contest for a territorial anthem. The selection process took four years, and the entry of local musician Eric Lemuelu Falima was selected as the winner. After the selection, the words were debated and revised until March, 2012, when the anthem was adopted.

As a New Zealand territory, not only is New Zealand’s anthem its official national anthem, but “God Save the Queen” is also the royal anthem of Tokelau.

The last line of the anthem is only to be spoken, not sung.

Special thanks to: Lise Suveinakama for the lyrics in Tokelauan and Jacob Love for the translation.