John Joe's Tune: How New Zealand got its National Anthem - Tania Atkinson and Christine Ross


Have you ever wondered where the music for our National Anthem came from? One wintry night in Lawrence, Otago, school principal John Joseph Woods read about a competition to compose an anthem. He won, and his tune became the music for God Defend New Zealand. In this delightfully imaginative story it is not only people who like John Joe's tune, his animal friends also think it a big success!

Tania Atkinson has published books both here and in the United Kingdom, including several with a New Zealand historical theme and has been a teacher and a research librarian at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Christine Ross has worked as an illustrator and as an art editor for School Publications. She has received the Unesco Noma Concours Award, the Russell Clark Award and the Aim Children's Book Award. For Duck Creek Press she has also illustrated Daniel's Matariki Feast, by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington (2014), also available in a Māori edition Tā Daniel Hākari Matariki (2015).


  • > Publishing August
  • 255 x 210mm, 32 pages
  • Hardback, ISBN 978-1-927305-05-8, RRP: $29.99