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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 1 (April 1, 1940)



Around the hills of Wellington
Pohutukawas glow
Just as they flaunted flowers of flame
A hundred years ago.
And down beside the dusty wharves
The busy winches roar
Where brown-skinned men beached warcanoes
Upon a lonely shore.
Where once the wild bird only held
Dominion upon high
An aeroplane with flashing wings
Sweeps silver through the sky.
The little streets wind up the hills
Where forest lands abode,
And English oaks and dusky pines
Give shade upon the road.
And in the city down below
The storied buildings grand
Rise arrogantly where of old
The whares used to stand.
But still with crimson flowers ablaze,
And drenched with wind-blown spray
Pohutukawas proudly stand
Beside the winding way.