Aotearoa was written with words by Tolla Williment, a New Zealander with Wesleyan missionary ancestors in Northland in the 1820s. She has had a biography published, as well as short stories, poems and books for children.
Aotearoa was performed by the Laings Road Methodist Choir at the service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the building of the latest church in Laings Road, in March 2002.
The text for ‘Christ the King’ is taken from two poems by James K. Baxter: ‘Song to the Father’ and ‘Song to the Lord God on a Spring Morning’. The title of the piece comes from the feast day of October 25th in the church calendar, and the plainsong for this day is used in the opening and ending of the work. ‘Christ the King’ was written for the Sydney Chamber Choir.