Where mountains rise to open skies

Where mountains rise to open skies. Shirley Erena Murray* (1931- ). This hymn was written in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi signed between Queen Victoria and the Maori people, and was first sung and heard on that occasion. It was originally titled ‘Hymn for Waitangi Day’, in the hope that it would serve as a national hymn for the many state and community commemorations of the Treaty held on 6 February of each year. In this respect it has more than met the writer’s expectations, becoming both a general congregational hymn and an official hymn, chosen for Queen Elizabeth’s state visit to New Zealand in 1995, and sung at...

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