The Eketahuna quake – a birds eye view

Eketahuna Kiwi

The Eketahuna Kiwi – NZ’s flightless bird.

Last week we had another quake in NZ.  There’s nothing unusual in that, but there are a couple of things I noticed.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake happened on Jan 20th.  It was based in Eketahuna, a small town north of Wellington, NZ.

First, a bit about Eketahuna.  In Maori Eketahuna means “to run aground in gravel”, Eke = to embark upon, run aground.
Tahuna = gravel bank, boulders or stone.

NZ, once described as “Gods own country” is now in revolt against Him.  Is the country going to run aground on a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense?  1 Peter 2:8  (That’s how Jesus is described in different parts of the Bible).

The name of the town, when spoken, sounds like a sentence in Afrikaans which translates to “I have a chicken”, which is a source of amusement to Afrikaans-speaking immigrants.

We in NZ colloquially refer to Eketahuna the way Aussies refer to the “Back of Bourke”, i.e., the middle of nowhere, “the sticks”.  Eketahuna has a big Kiwi statue, to represent that it is a stereotypical rural NZ town, “the real New Zealand”.  New Zealanders are known as “Kiwis”.  The Kiwi, New Zealand’s flightless bird shown above, is found only in NZ,  and is our national symbol.

Eagle after earthquake 20-1-14

The Weta eagle – NZ’s OTHER flightless bird ….

One of the two giant eagles hanging from the roof of Wellington airport to promote the Hobbit trilogy fell down as a result of the shaking.  (The Hobbit, along with the Lord of the Rings, has been produced in NZ.)

The Weta Workshop eagles each weigh 2 tonnes, have a wingspan of 15m, and were suspended from the roof by eight cables.  Fortunately it didn’t land on anybody.

Apart from the irony, I do see another warning for NZ.

Fowl swoopIt reminds me of a scripture;

“Put the trumpet to your lips!
An eagle is over the house of the LORD
because the people have broken my covenant
and rebelled against my law.”  Hosea 8:1


Seddon God's Own countryGodzone is derived from the term “God’s own country”. 
“God’s Own Country” was a phrase often used and popularised by New Zealand’s longest serving prime minister, Richard John Seddon. 

There’s more about him in my last post when I talked about the Seddon earthquakes that rocked the capital in 2013, on the eve of the change to NZ’s marriage laws.

I’m dismayed at all the social engineering that has gone on, especially under former prime minister Helen Clark (now 3rd in charge at the UN), and our current PM John Key, (a former Merrill Lynch Banker who did a brief stint at the Federal Reserve).

As a New Zealander I do not feel like I have a voice as far as our government and media are concerned.

In 2007 Helen Clark signed NZ up to the UN ‘Alliance of Civilisations’ – declaring that NZ had no “established religion”.  The “interfaith dialogue” took place at Waitangi, NZ’s birthplace.   She ignored the country’s heritage, and Islam’s aspirations under ‘Dar al-Islam , where Islam and Sharia law will trump the host country’s religion and laws if it is allowed to become dominant.

It just needs a weak western government with bad morals, no belief in Christianity, and concessions to Islam under the name of “multi-culturalism”.  Anyway that’s just part of the rot that has set in.

The good thing about being a Christian in NZ is the freedom that Christianity brought.  I can wholeheartedly agree with the words of our national anthem.


God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand

Men of ev’ry creed and race
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our Free Land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our Free Land.
Lord of battles in thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our Free Land.
From dishonour and from shame
Guard our country’s spotless name
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our Free Land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy Glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

This post was written in 2013.

Feb 2020: Sadly, seven years later, this is the latest news item from my old home town: School lets students opt out of singing national anthem for ‘cultural or religious reasons’

Looking at the lyrics, can you see why the NZ national anthem is under attack in 2020?