BLACK GOLD!
GO FOR A RIDE DOWN GREY STREET,
AND A STRANGE SIGHT YOU'LL SEE,
SITTING IN A SEA OF MUD,
A YELLOW DRILLING RIG AND COMPANY!
BIT DICY THERE MATE,
THE WHOLE PLACE COULD GIVE WAY,
DRILL, MEN AND ALL THER BITS,
COULD DISAPPEAR SOME SAY!
BUT " THERE'S NO GOLD  LEFT HERE"
QUOTES OUR ILLUSTRIOUS TOWN FATHER......?
SO THE PLOT THICKENS SOMEWHAT,
WHAT IS IT THEY'RE AFTER?
OF COURSE, IT'S AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE,
AND HAVEN'T THEY LED US WAIHIANS A MERRY CHASE!
BUT WE'RE NOT SILLY MATE,
WE'VE GOT THE CLUES,
WE ALL KNOW THAT "TAILING FURORE"
WAS A JUST A CUNNING RUSE!
SO WHAT DOES ONE DRILL FOR?
SURELY NOT WATER?
WE'VE GOT MORE THAT OUR SHARE,
IN THAT QUARTER?
IT'S OIL OF COURSE,THAT PRECIOUS BLACK STUFF!
THE RED HERRING OF GOLD,
WAS NOT SMART ENOUGH!
JUST PICTURE WAIHI,
OIL MECCA OF THE FUTURE!
WHAT IMPACT ON OUR SMALL RUSTIC CULTURE!
EAT YOUR HEART OUT KIWI MILLIONAIRES,
AS YOUR GREEN GOLD RUNS OUT
WE MAY GIVE YOU SHARES,
WE'LL HAVE OIL RIGS GALORE
ON OUR QUARTER ACRE SECTIONS,
WE'LL HAVE BARRELS OF BLACK GOLD
AND WE'LL BUY NEW ELECTIONS!
WE'LL ALL HAVE NEW CARS,
NEW HOUSES, THE LOT!,
NOW THAT WE'VE SEEN THRU THEIR DEVILISH PLOT!
SO WAKE UP WAIHIANS,
GET IN ON THE ACT!
IT'S OIL THAT THEY'RE AFTER,
AND THAT'S A PLAIN FACT,
DON'T BE MISLEAD BY "TAILINGS"
AND ALL THAT GUFF,
IT'S NOT GOLD THEY'RE AFTER,
BUT THE STICKY BLACK STUFF!
H.G. BLOMFIELD 2008 COPYRIGHT.
ANOTHER TONGUE IN CHEEK DITTY I WROTE IN 1984 WHEN I LIVED IN KING STREET WAIHI , REGARDING  REOPENING OF MARTHA GOLD MINE -WAIHI-NZ,
Walking down Grey Street in the 1980's one would see the odd yellow exploration mining rig in the paddocks adjacent to the road, hence the  poem Black Gold, for an old timer said they would NEVER mine out Grey street way again because of the dangerous shale ' THE MILKING COW'
Our Mayor,  Owen Morgan  of that time also said'" THERE IS NO GOLD THERE!"
THE VICTIM!
Gather round lads and I'll tell you,
of a tale of woe and strife,
of mining days in old WAIHI,
when a young man lost his life!
They were bad days the old days
in Martha underground,
you worked for a pittance in rotten conditions
for that gold it had to be found!
Though the air was rank and fetid
and your lungs were full of dust,
work on you peasants, the Company cried,
work on and earn your  crust!
now ugly moods breed ugly deeds
and the miners were fed up,
so out they went in protest,
for they had had enough!
The confrontation was heated lads
and tempers frayed that night
but the miners were determined,
they were fighting for a right!
but their wants fell on deaf ears lads,
the Company was not honour bound,
harsh blows were struck in anger,
and innocent blood stained the ground!
They had tried to stand for human rights
but that was not to be...
so young Evans lay bludgeoned there,
by the minions of the Company!
They laid him in his coffin lads
they laid him in the ground,
a young man in his prime of life
by injustice was struck down,
now call it what you may my friends
it was a sacrifice,
for there will always be a victim
in the fight for human rights!

copyright H.G. BLOMFIELD 2008

LOL ex Martha Mine Tommyknocker out of a job!
Miner EVANS, murdered in the WAIHI STRIKE.xt.
One of these photos is the stunning SEDDON Memorial Seddon  St., Waihi, paid for by the Miners of the era, and behind this is the old National Bank,
I found and photographed this forlorn part of the Dick Seddon Memorial in the local WAIHI council yards, Union Street, it had been dumped in the local rubbish dump first then rescued and dumped in the yard, so much for the Miners pride and HERITAGE of  olden  day WAIHI HISTORY eh!
by the way  old  historic buildings have been demolished and managed to squeeze unseen into oblivion past the Historic trust hmmmmm  makes  one wonder, who owns the town?
UPDATE 2009..I see someone has a conscience, for on a recent trip to WAIHI, I saw in Seddon St., that the Miners' DICK  SEDDON MEMEORIAL  has been re erected once more, of course not the original which ended up in the WAIHI DUMP but a pretty good second, and  looks very nice..
SHADES OF MARTHA!
               (1984)

Now when is a hill not a hill?
that is a question one would ask
with the rate old ,MARTHA'S
being plundered
that hill is a thing
of the past!
It would be quite a shock
for some to see
the largish hole
where the hill used to be!
Or maybe it's MT MARTHA?
now deceased
as hot springs were see to flow
from out that tunneled warren
many long years ago!
Yes, it's  quite a puzzle to us
as 'THEY' say THEY'LL leave a 'lake'
LAKE MARTHA?
a lake above a town?
bit dodgy what,
all that water underground!
Alas for poor old MARTHA,
she's getting flatter by the day,
once a convex, now a concave,
we could all gently sink away,
out of sight and out of mind,
and our Waihi as you once knew it
would be mighty hard to find!

copyright H.G.BLOMFIELD......2008