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28 February 2014


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A dumb question perhaps but when I was sent to school in PNG in 1974-77, we sang another national anthem....

"Papua New Guinea, our motherland, let us join our hands as we walk together, united we shall stand..."

What was that? Or am I totally confused?

You are correct, Marielle. This national song was replaced by the current anthem for some reason best known to the authorities of the time. In my view, the song you used to sing was far superior - KJ

Hi Governor - Thanks for that perspective.

Even if we cannot change our national anthem, we should continue to question, probe, be critical and sometimes give credit to where it is due.

Keep up the good work.

Hi Emma - Thank you for your very passionate response. I agree with you entirely, and more.

I think I have said what I needed to say in this short article. I am not going to put anything new on the table. Besides, I am just one person.

I think we are both not proposing any thing different…just degree of difference.

If we read between the lines with a pinch of salt, we find the very same frustrations, emotions, fear, and uncertainty that I am grappling with as a result of what it means to be part of a free, independent nation.

Of course we need to question whether we are really free or independent in a very promising and blessed country. Yet, I do not question my allegiance to my country, nor do I want to count my contribution to nation building. That would be selfish.

I want to remain upbeat and positive about the future. It is important.

Each of us can see only a part of the whole picture: If we all can find something to contribute to building that whole picture, even without the need to change our national anthem or anything else that identifies us as a collective, then it may be worth the effort.

I like the idea Michael proposes...we should learn from the past...and plot our future.

The sad fact is, our future is being sold every day by inconsiderate so called leaders in their wheeling and dealing political survivalist efforts.

Packaging and selling PNG as fast as they can....

Well said Emma.

Hi John, I love our national anthem and have since I was first introduced to it as a child. It inspires my national pride and gives rise to how I can meaningfully contribute to the development of my country.

I feel it is seeking to draw out of its citizens a response of allegiance to our country; this then gives it an essence of timelessness making it relevant to all generations. It raises questions in my heart and mind that I must ponder and answer…

O arise all you sons of this land;
You who slumber and dream of former days
You who shrug your shoulders and just pray
You who talk but don’t walk what you say

Let us sing of our joy to be free;
Are we truly free from all the bad ways?
Are we free to say yes and allow ourselves to
Assimilate the new into our traditional

Praising God and rejoicing to be;
Are we praising God by conserving
His creation; are we praising God
By respecting every person from this

Papua New Guinea!
What do you mean to me?

Shout again from the mountains to sea;
Bellow forth the proclamation of justice,
Peace and unity, from the mountains to
The seas, until every girl and every boy
Can love unconditionally

Papua New Guinea!
What does it mean to be me?

Let us raise our voices and proclaim;
To what cause will our voices be raised,
What edicts will we excitedly lay claim?
With what zeal am I protecting the

Papua New Guinea!
What can I do for you (not me)?

Now give thanks to the good Lord above;
Do we really know the Lord above?
Do we really want to know his word?
We say yes, we will do the good…
Then shamelessly flaunt the bad

For His kindness His wisdom and Love;
Kindness for all no matter what
Love to all despite the past
Wisdom to choose the right path
Commitment to see it through no matter what…

For this land of our Fathers so free;
Our fathers were never slaves upon their land
Our fathers preserved with respect their land
Our freedom depends upon the decisions at hand
What legacy of freedom will we bestow our land?

Papua New Guinea!
I will arise to defend thee!

Shout again for the whole world to hear;
With one intention we will arise
To defend our nation to all eyes
Passion and ardent adoration of our
Ancient glorious land our prize

Papua New Guinea!
I will give my very best to thee!

We are independent, we are free
Our independence a heritage
Our freedom a privilege
We will do our utmost best to preserve it
For future generations

Papua New Guinea!
I am proud to be!

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