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King, wtf?

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, February 4th, 2013 - 50 comments
Categories: Annette King, labour, Maori seats - Tags:

Garner has revealed that 63% of Maori Labour voters don’t know who the leader is. King responds by asking if they know who the PM is.

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Now, I’m no MP with 25 years’ experience but I reckon  it’s pretty obvious that trying to deflect from a poll showing lack of profile of your leader in a key demographic by implying that Maori are just ignorant isn’t smart.

Especially when already only one in three Maori are planning to vote Labour (one in three!). That suggests Labour has lost favour in a crucial demographic.

Come on, old guard.You won. You’ve kept your talons on Labour. Now, you’ve at least get your act together and make a decent show of it.

50 comments on “King, wtf?”

  1. hush minx 1

    You know that the old guard attack first, ask questions later. Mind you, perhaps the newly confirmed leader will actually demand a higher standard from his mps in this newly unified world…

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      Twelve months into the Clark leadership, they would have named Lange as leader. This is simply another constructed flick at Shearer. Keep it up, team C.

      • One Tāne Huna 1.1.1

        Excuse me? I seem to have missed the memo from the secret “team C” office. On the other hand, I can see how AK’s response to Garner falls over, despite also being able to see what she meant by it.

        Consider the possibility that constructive criticism is simply constructive criticism, rather than a sign that everyone is out to get you.

  2. vto 2

    It’s quite obvious that, like most people, they only bother themselves with information they consider useful and directly applicable to their lives. Why would anyone be surprised? Kind of indicates something doesn’t it… and it aint ignorance. In addition, the figure is probably exactly the same no matter the race.

  3. Annette King 3

    I implied nothing of the sort. The dig was at the PM not Maori nor ‘deflecting’ from the Labour leader. Lets fight the real opposition and for a change of government instead of jumping to wrong conclusions about other people’s motives!!

    • James Thrace 3.1

      Come on Annette. Its about perceptions. You of all people should be aware of that. Its no good making excuses after the horse has bolted. I read your tweet as being dismissive of tangata whenua.

    • Pete 3.2

      I’m prepared to cut Annette some slack on this. Twitter encourages brevity. But I’m not sure this poll can be spun that way. Take it on the chin as an indicator of the work that has to be done before 2014.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1

        “Twitter encourages brevity.”

        It requires brevity, and that’s why you have to bloody careful with it.

        Handguns often have sensitive triggers, but that’s no reason to cut someone slack for shooting themselves in the foot. ‘I didn’t mean to shoot it , god, as if I’d want to blow a whole in my foot! I just jerked it out of my holster with the safety off.’

    • Lanthanide 3.3

      I interpreted it the same way as Zet did, Annette.

    • tc 3.4

      Your response shows you as out of touch and combined with a the lack of judgement you and the inner circle have displayed for years now.

      ‘Lets fight the real opposition ‘ please link to your press releases/media pieces on housing and local gov’t….it’s not like there’s no material from the ‘real opposition’ there to work with annette.

      And if you want to fight the real opposition why are you bothering to engage with garner ? Time better spent elsewhere methinks.

    • One Tāne Huna 3.5

      Annette, it wasn’t that long ago that one of the most effective communicators in caucus had his political career destroyed because he repeatedly refused to say how he was going to vote today.

      Surely you are not going to hide behind the “I didn’t mean it that way” defence, are you?

    • James 3.6

      Its a pretty useless dig isnt it? 63% of your own Maori voters dont know your own leader, yeah – lets dig the PM with that.

      You know he’s laughing at you right? Thats the best you’ve got?

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 3.7

      Lets fight the real opposition and for a change of government instead of jumping to wrong conclusions about other people’s motives!!

      You new around here, Annette?

    • Huginn 3.8

      Ha ha ha! Glad you made that clear, Annette. Twitter can be challenging like that.

    • David H 3.9

      Come on Annette it’s way past time when you and the other dinosaurs should resign and let the newer guys have a go.! Because you lot have been bloody awful for the last 4 years, NO WOEFUL is a better description. And it’s not going to get any better as you are all deaf to what the NACTS are doing to our country. And don’t come that old chestnut that something is coming the only thing coming is a defeat, as even more voters say, why bother the old guys don’t listen. As my two eligible to vote teens, told me when I asked if they would vote Labour, like I have all my life, until 2014. hey won’t even bother to enrol. Well done on that score. 2 more voters alienated.

    • felixviper 3.10

      “Lets fight the real opposition “

      I really think it would be more helpful if you stopped doing that and fought the government instead.

  4. BM 4

    Maori party =National, so a good result for the blue team.

  5. IrishBill 5

    Putting aside the matter of Zet’s post, It’s good to see you here, Annette. It’d be even better to know it was part of a wider move to build bridges.

    • One Tāne Huna 5.1

      +1

    • emergency mike 5.2

      Looks like a weak attempt at a deflection comeback to me. But the more I look at it the less I feel it has to be interpreted in the negative way that Zet is implying. Which makes me wonder why Zet would want to. Me wonders.

      Good to see you come here to defend yourself Annette, I hope to see you post here more often.

    • Rhinocrates 5.3

      Indeed, agree.

      Kudos to AK for showing up. Petulantly perhaps, but little steps first. It takes a lot for a politician who’s been in the loop (which is an intellectual and moral noose) too long to suddenly put themselves in a situation that isn’t either completely controlled, where the plebs are kept at arms length, or where the exchange can’t be cut short when the minders decide it’s not just another baby-kissing.

      Now let’s see Shearer enter the room with the darkened curtains, or climb up on that roof…

  6. rod 6

    Let’s ask Maori voters if they know who Duncan Garner is. That could be interesting.

  7. Annette king 7

    Thanks Irish. I’m enjoying the exchanges! As for this posting agree brevity on Twitter can get you in the poo but my thoughts were on the PM who has used Maori shamelessly to get his profile up. Aroha from McGeahan Close ’08 comes to mind. I hope more colleagues engage on the Standard, a must read for me. Constructive comment and exchange of ideas would be of two way benefit.

    • Zetetic 7.1

      Yeah, respect for replying.

      I know you weren’t trying to say anything against Maori – but that’s the way it has to be read – ‘so they don’t know who Shearer is, do they know who Key is?’ – puts problem at the Maori voters’ feet.

      Just got to be careful with these twitter exchanges

    • Tim 7.2

      “Thanks Irish. I’m enjoying the exchanges! ‘
      Thank frikken Christ. ABOUT TIME! Please tell the Boss to get engaged as well

      • fenderviper 7.2.1

        If you don’t SHOUT or ridicule them MP’s may be more inclined to converse here, if thats what you indeed want.

        • Tim 7.2.1.1

          Agree, I’ll use an underscore rather than capitlaisation in future for emphasis.
          It is indeed a good sign that Annette has decided to engage. I hope its the shape of things to come, just as I do that the “party” enters and engages without a hidden agenda – whatever loyalties participants my feel towards their providers.
          For me…I hope the non-ABC club put the common ‘enemy’ first, and for the ABC club, I hope they’re magnanimous enough to recognise the contribution the likes of Cunliffe and others can make and have made and that they always recognise that they are representatives, because I saw some earlier shit where Norm Kirk was made – taken completely out of context in order to feed an ego and justify a position. He’d be rolling in his frikken grave – especially if he’d been around to see the events of the past few months.
          Anyway, I still won’t be voting Labour (after a lifetime) until there is clear evidence that anything bordering on the neo-lib/3rd Way/4th Reich bullshit is now out of favour.

    • Annette, good on you for engaging with us, as you can apprecitate many of us have
      strong, heartfelt opinions,derived from history and strong opinions of what is acceptable
      and what is not with regards to Labour Party policy etc.
      I also think the rubbishing that commenters and posters got by some of your colleagues
      and Shearer,ie (in darkened rooms,behind curtains etc) damaged the relationship markedly.
      I strongly believe though, Shearer is not the right leader for Labour, have we really just
      got to fall in behind until 2014 to prove we were right,after all.

    • Anne 7.4

      Hi again Annette.

      I’ve met you a couple of times over the years and I don’t think you are anything like how… some here have painted you in recent times. I suspect most don’t actually know you or anything much about you.

      I’ve just watched another attempt by TV3’s Patrick Gower to try and paint David Cunliffe as the evil wrong-doer in the party. He claims Cunliffe won’t reveal which way he voted today. Cunliffe made it clear a week or more ago he supported Shearer and there would be no challenge

      This is precisely what happened in the week or two prior to the Nov. Conference. Cunliffe had made it clear he supported the leader and he would continue to support David Shearer. Yet the media – and in particular Patrick Gower – made mischievous claims during the Conference, and Cunliffe was unceremoniously packed off to the back bench on the back of those claims.

      For the Labour caucus to make decisions on someone’s political future largely based on media misrepresentation is a very poor look indeed. If Labour fails to reinstate one of our brightest and most talented parliamentarians then the party will ultimately pay a big price. I do not say that as a threat but rather an unfortunate reality.

    • bad12 7.5

      Was just thinking about Her the other night, off to OZ for a better future, perhaps you could entice Her back to appear in another election…

    • xtasy 7.6

      “I hope more colleagues engage on the Standard, a must read for me. Constructive comment and exchange of ideas would be of two way benefit.”

      WOW, IS THIS FOR REAL?

      There must have been some serious discussions at the West Auckland Caucus Meeting! And then Shearer says he does not read blogs. Maybe Annette is going to whisper something into his ears soon?

      I sense a change of tone and change of heart, perhaps at least in some, as Annette is indicating here. If that is taken up, and real debate with the Labour MPs happens here, this could lead to become a game changer.

      I will watch this space, and see what will come of it.

  8. “showing lack of profile of your leader in a key demographic”

    a key demographic? I don’t think so. Same old, same old – using tangata whenua to score points.

  9. George D 9

    I wonder how many know who Annette King is.

    • Te Reo Putake 9.1

      A hell of a lot more than know who you are, George. Annette has actually helped change kiwi’s lives for the better in the last Government; what have you done that makes you in any way memorable?

      • rosy 9.1.1

        She did excellent work with primary health care and improving access for children and the most vulnerable through community PHOs.

        One of my fears about the current opposition is that bits are being taken away, every so gradually and the health spokesperson for labour is not getting any traction on this issue. I’d love to know why Tony Ryall is getting away with this stuff.

  10. hush minx 10

    It’s great to see Annette here – thank you. I am sure you will understand however that at least some of us are feeling a little cynical on your arrival on the day that the leadership vote which was to be public is no longer. That, in combination with some of the less than flattering descriptions of writers and commentators (including by Mike Smith) lead me to suspect that we will want to see a sustained engagement for it to feel genuine.

  11. Scintilla 11

    Well, where is the Maori vote going to go, now that the Maori Party is looking decidedly shaky? Often thought the Greens were a natural ally – enviro/kaitiakitanga, now the housing policy most aimed at low-income earners, strong emphasis on identity, inclusive attitude.

    As for knowing who the Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition is, try asking Year 12-13 students, 16-18 yrs old. Political awareness – Not Achieved.

  12. unpcnzcougar 12

    Explaining or deflecting is losing.

  13. bad12 13

    LOLZ, sometimes this place feels like being questioned by a plod investigating a serious crime, you really really have to watch what you say as the good old unglish language can make anything you say easily misconstrued and sound as suspicious as anyone wants to believe it to be…

    • McFlock 13.1

      it is a political blog ;)

      • fenderviper 13.1.1

        and a political world…..

        We live in a political world
        Love don’t have any place
        We’re living in times
        Where men commit crimes
        And crime don’t have any face.

        We live in a political world
        Icicles hanging down
        Wedding bells ring
        And angels sing
        Clouds cover up the ground.

        We live in a political world
        Wisdom is thrown in jail
        It rots in a cell
        Is misguided as hell
        Leaving no one to pick up a trail.

        We live in a political world
        Where mercy walks the plank
        Life is in mirrors
        Death disappears
        Up the steps into the nearest bank.

        We live in a political world
        Where courage is a thing of the past
        Houses are haunted
        Children unwanted
        The next day could be your last.

        We live in a political world
        The one we can see and feel
        But there’s no one to check
        It’s all a stacked deck
        We all know for sure that it’s real.

        We live in a political world
        In the cities of lonesome fear
        Little by little
        You turn in the middle
        But you’re never sure why you’re here.

        We live in a political world
        Under the microscope
        You can travel anywhere
        And hang yourself there
        You always got more than enough rope.

        We live in a political world
        Turning and trashing about
        As soon as you’re awake
        You’re trained to take
        What looks like the easy way out.

        We live in a political world
        Where peace is not welcome at all
        It’s turned away from the door
        To wonder some more
        Or put up against the wall.

        We live in a political world
        Everything is hers and his
        Climb into the frame
        And shout God’s name
        But you’re never sure what it is.

        -Bob Dylan

  14. tsmithfield 14

    I don’t think there is any reason to think that the low Maori awareness of Shearer as Labour party leader should be seen as a slight on Maori. That low level of awareness might also exist in the general population. So it might be more of an indication of how badly Shearer is doing than anything else.

  15. deemac 15

    anyone who ever talks to actual voters (as opposed to just talking about them) will be painfully aware that the vast majority, of all races, have minimal interest in politics and struggle to name more than a couple of MPs – Key, Peters and Mallard would probably be the top names if you shoved a microphone in front of people. The fact that most voters don’t recognise Shearer is not surprising considering the fact that he’s never even been a minister.

  16. Duncan Garner 16

    Rod, I’m not standing to be PM. But if you’ve got some money go ahead put your money where your mouth is, poll, and send me the results. Bit sensitive old Annie King. The old guard in Labour is seriously defensive, insecure and lacking any humour. I actually think voters see it.

    • CV - Real Labour 16.1

      Good to know you check out the digs here from time to time Mr Garner.

      The old guard in Labour is seriously defensive, insecure and lacking any humour.

      Life is less fun after losing 8 MPs in 2011, still polling lower now than in 2008, and not quite knowing why.

  17. Rhinocrates 17

    To Garner:

    I welcome – as a mere self-indulgent commentator and certainly not any admin – engagement by anyone outside the blog’s own beltway.

    I actually think voters see it.

    Indeed. They may not pore over the daily press, but they get the vibe.

    To King:

    The bottom line is that the Labour Caucus has to be seen as a credible government in waiting. It matters not the least if certain members have snatched the very best deck chairs on the Titanic – it matters to the voters if (A) they represent them and (B) they can represent them.

    Silly little exercises in rhetorical masturbation like the absurd “Shearer Says” “e-newsletters” don’t matter and the show trials are actually toxic. Don’t insult the electorate… and don’t try to strip a tiny percentage from National.

    The electorate are not idiots. They want someone who will represent them, not just say that they are, and that has nothing to do with saying that someone in a pub in Napier whinged about all those bludgers that are so easy to attack.

    Ask why hundreds of thousands stayed at home in 2011.

    So, Annette, why do you exist? Why are you not a waste of space? Can you answer that question without you or your leader dog-whistling that someone else is a parasite or an idiot?

    Are you the government in waiting? Are you ready now?

    Don’t tell me – answer the hundreds of thousands who stayed at home.

    Are you, as a party competent?

  18. AmaKiwi 18

    Annette, the caucus missed a brilliant opportunity today.

    If you had decided to have an open leadership contest Labour would have gotten phenomenal media coverage for a month or more. But wait, there’s more!

    The membership would have turned out for the debates and become involved, enthusiastic, and grown in numbers. But wait, there’s more!

    The process would have revealed who is the MP most able to defeat National. But wait, there’s more!

    The members would enthusiastically back the winner in the 2014 campaign because ALL of us would KNOW this is the best campaigner we have and our best chance to win.

    Too late. The caucus blew it. It’s not like we didn’t warn you.

    • Johninsg 18.1

      To be frank, I feel now that I cannot quite trust, depend or expect caucus to choose the candidate to be the leader of the Party to secure a really good chance of mounting a strong campaign for the next general election.

      The NZLP has more work to do to amend its constitution so that the members have a direct say or, at the very least, that the threshold be brought down to that of the UK Labour Party, ie 20%.

      I am currently a member of the NZLP.

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    Last week the US announced a new bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Its hard to see how bombing will do any good (except for US defence contractors), and easy to see how it will cause blowback. To...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe
    Dear David,I want to first congratulate you on the campaign you ran. You gave it your all, and did well in the debates. I was deeply disappointed in the result that Labour got on September 20th - but I’m sure...
    Public Address | 30-09
  • Long run or short season for David Cunliffe?
    When you’ve read this short post have a look at the interview below with David Cunliffe on last night’s Campbell Live .  But first,  if you haven’t done so already, please  read my previous post on the ex Labour leader, titled...
    Brian Edwards | 30-09
  • Seaworthy ships and stormy seas – PPTA annual conference 2014
    30 September 2014 Pirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning. Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Key admits exiling people without trial
    Back in February, we learned that John Key had responded to the "threat" of people travelling to Syria to participate in its civil war by cancelling their passports. This was done without any sort of due process or review, let...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Reflections on Melbourne and Sydney
    2014 was an auspicious year. Whether by cosmic alignment or fickle chance, Easter Monday and Anzac Day fell in the same week, and I was able to shoot off to Melbourne and Sydney for ten days with only three days...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • The “Pacific solution” devolves into rape and child abuse
    Australia's "Pacific solution" of imprisoning refugees in remote gulags in an effort to pschologically torture them into going home has turned into a catalogue of horrors: neglect, beatings and rapes, torture, and murder. And now they've got a new one:...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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