As part of her regular press conferences, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced that from January next year, New Zealand's national anthem will include the chorus of the seminal country classic 'Wagon Wheel' as its third verse.
"We just felt as though 'Wagon Wheel' encompassed everything that makes Kiwis, Kiwis" said Ardern, on the steps of Parliament.
'Wagon Wheel', originally written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor in 1973, describes a hitchhiking journey along the East Coast of the United States as the narrator hopes to reach his lover.
"It's beloved by Kiwi legends like Ritchie McCaw, so you know it's good." Ardern continued.
"No matter where you are or what you're doing, when it comes on at a party or at a pub, everyone raises their glasses and sings along. Those are the qualities you want in a national anthem".
When polled by DUFP reporters, Dunedin locals were in overwhelming support for the change. Over 60% of people were reported as being 'bloody stoked' about the addition, with a further 26% being 'over the moon'.
More to come.