Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 13, May 1970

By E. Longley

These relics of an era gone speak volumes to us all

Who've watched old Waihi's history unfold, to more enthrall

The willing subjects of a realm whose origin goes back

To miner's pick and panning dish, to canvas tent and shack.

To look upon this ancient scene; and ponder, as you gaze,

On struggles - hopes - on families who used these relics old,

Pursued their humble, daily lives in Waihi, town of gold.