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On the Lonely Beach of Oihi Bay  Song

On the Lonely Beach of Oihi Bay is composed by Phillip Saunders, based on the words of a poem by the late Bishop Ted Buckle. It has been gifted to the Marsden Cross Trust Board by Phillip Saunders and the descendants of Bishop Buckle. The lyrics are reprinted with permission.

Above: On the Lonely Beach of Oihi Bay performed by Phillip Saunders.

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On the Lonely Beach of Oihi Bay

On the lonely beach of Oihi Bay
There stands a cross of granite grey
It speaks of efforts of faith and hope
To bring the news of Christian joy

Karanga mai, karanga mai,
Whakarongo ki te rongopai

Now on our land the church does still
Proclaim that goal of peace, goodwill
All people of quite different race
Midst forest sea and land find space

Karanga mai, karanga mai,
Whakarongo ki te rongopai

For here in Northland still we see
The Christ, God’s gift of harmony
Entwines us in a bonding grace
Of love and hope for the human race

Karanga mai, karanga mai, Whakarongo ki te rongopai
Karanga mai, karanga mai, Whakarongo ki te rongopai

© 2012 Marsden Cross Trust Board
(Music: Phillip Saunders / Words: Bishop Ted Buckle, Original words altered and chorus added by Phillip Saunders)

18 New Zealand Hymns, Carols and Songs for the 2014 Bicentennial Celebration

18 New Zealand Hymns, carols and songs, for the 2014 Bicentennial Celebration of the First Bicultural Worship Service held in Aotearoa / New Zealand, found in the books and CDs of the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. (See description of abbreviations at end of this list.)

The Key Hymn for the event

Te Harinui  found as 98 in Alleluia Aotearoa, as 31 in Carol our Christmas. Also found on COC CD. Willow Macky is on record as stating that she prefers Te Harinui to Not on a snowy night as the title of this song.

Our Bicultural Heritage (three titles)

Come to our land  Words by Shirley Murray, Music by Colin Gibson. 25 in AA book, and 3 on SF.
These hills  Words and mMusic by Colin Gibson. 63 in FFS book, 21 on Singing Love CD, 15 on FFS CD.
God bless our land  (Song title: Waitangi Day) Words by Shirley Murray, Music by Barry Brinson. 37 in HIOS book, 1 on HIOS CD.

Hymns in Te Reo Maori (seven titles)

All of these songs should be sung in Te Reo Maori. The English text is an aid to understanding the text, and may be read prior to its singing.

E te Ariki  (Lord, have mercy) 13 in FFS book, 7 on FFS CD.
Tama ngakau marie  (Son of a peaceful heart) 128 in AA book.
Purea nei e te hau  (Cleansed by the wind) Hirini Melbourne, 115 in AA book.
E te Matua  (Praise to a Trinitarian God) Bill Bennett, 24 HIOS book.
E te Ariki  (O God listen to the cry of your children) Wi-Patena Te Pairi, arr. Roy Tankersley. 23 in HIOS book, 15 on HIOS CD.
E te Iwi  Mona Riini, Hoki Tawa, and Kitty Temara. 32 in AA book.
Karakia ki te Wairua Tapu  Helen Fisher / John Greally / Ngapo and Piimia Wehi / Barry Brinson

Celebrating Diversity (seven titles)

We are many, we are one  Colin Gibson. 67 in FFS book, 24 on FFS CD, and 25 on Singing Love.
Hairsong  Colin Gibson. 27 in HIOS book. (a serious message dressed in humorous words)
God of diversity  Words by Margaret Bond, Music by Colin Gibson. 40 in HIOS book.
Fancy Noah sailing in the Ark  Colin Gibson. 15 in FFS book, 1 on SL CD, and 4 on FFS CD.
For everyone born a place at the table  Words by Shirley Murray, Music by Colin Gibson. 27 on SF CD, 17 in book FFS, 21 on FFS CD.
As sisters, brothers, called by Christ  Words by Jocelyn Armstrong, Tune St Peter. 5 in HIOS book.
Companions let us pray together  Words by Witi Ihimaera and David Clark, Music by David Hamilton. 21 in HIOS book, 8 on HIOS CD.

Abbreviations

Book Titles: AA = Alleluia Aotearoa, COC = Carol our Christmas, FFS = Faith Forever Singing, and HIOS = Hope is our Song.

CD Titles: AA = Alleluia Aotearoa, COC = Carol our Christmas, FFS = Faith Forever Singing, HIOS = Hope is our Song, SL = Singing Love (a selection of songs by Colin Gibson played on keyboard. Designed as karaoke, to sing along to the accompaniments where there is no in-church keyboardist.), SF = Singing Faith (a selection of songs by Shirley Erena Murray played by Roy Tankersley on keyboard. Designed as karaoke, to sing along to the accompaniments where there is no in-church keyboardist.)

Purchase of the above: Direct from NZ Hymnbook Trust, see website www.hymns.org.nz or from Epworth Books in Wellington Freephone 0800 755 355.

Enquiries: John and Gillian Thornley, Management Team, NZ Hymnbook Trust. Either by email or c/o 15 Oriana Place, Palmerston North 4412.