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Bye John!

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, March 15th, 2017 - 78 comments
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Remember this guy? John Key to leave Parliament in April

Mr Key will give his final speech to Parliament next week.

A by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs six months before the House rises for a general election. This year’s general election takes place on 23 September.

Labour Party MP David Cunliffe will also leave in April ensuring neither side of the House is disadvantaged by losing one vote.

I don’t know how poor Audrey Young is going to cope with the loss, but she needs to read up on Key’s supposed popularity. Key’s act was was well and truly blown, and he’s moving on without, I suspect, a backward glance, at a job that his heart was never really in.

78 comments on “Bye John!”

  1. lprent 1

    Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

    I wonder where he is off to..

    • BM 1.1

      Yep National and Labour did a deal so Key and Cunliffe could depart early.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yep to keep the balance of power the deal was done so that both sides would lose one vote each.

      • Ad 1.1.2

        I think you will find it was Williamson, but Williamson got bumped for Key.
        Traffic jam of rats on the gangplank.

      • lprent 1.1.3

        sarc on.

        Amazing David Cunliffe was the initiating party to this agreement. Perhaps you could inform us of the possible machinations that could have allowed David Cunliffe to lever National to set the election date based on his desire to depart?

        /sarc

        You really are a silly plonker. The deal would have been between Key and English. Cunliffe would have just been offered it to keep the house in balance – just as the article said.

      • Skinny 1.1.4

        The 1st of April would have been a far more suitable date given the tom fool antics John Key got up to.

        • John 1.1.4.1

          Too true. I wonder if Key will get his National party knighthood in the Queens birthday honours??? Still struggling to see how and when those less fortunate than the wealthy 1% will get their brighter future.

    • Off to the knackers yard I reckon.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.2.1

        Well, then we don’t have to pay him an average wage for doing nothing…

        • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1

          Once upon a time sitting MPs who contested general election who stood and lost were paid 3 months salary

          Now its all MPs while still an MP at the time the house is dissolved get the 3 months salary.

          So I suppose it saves us all 9 months salary for 2 Mps

    • lprent 1
      15 March 2017 at 12:31 pm
      Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

      I wonder where he is off to..

      ——————————————–

      San Quentin .

      Hes going to do a ‘ Royal ‘ and visit the prisoners.

      And lecture them about the joys of privatized prisons and fight clubs.

  2. We still have no reason why he left,

    • Natwatch 3.1

      There are various rumours that the reason will be forthcoming before the election.

    • Keith 3.2

      Yep, I was going to say the same.

      And I don’t think this money making wheeler dealer “just wanted to be a Prime Minister” as his Herald biographer John Roughan would like us to believe.

      • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1

        Anyone who has been exposed to the goings on in the City of London and Wall St and the types of people that thrive in that environment could see that John Key was a plant.

        You only have to look the number of ex-Goldman Sachs employees that litter very influential positions across Europe and the Americas to know that it’s all about money, power and ensuring crony-capitalism rocks on. And Key is great mates with Lloyd “I’m just doing God’s work” Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs.

        Ev Gilbert (Travellerev) RIP may have been treated by some as a bit fringe but she was right on the money when it came to John Key. Her PDFs on John Key, wherever they are now, made for very interesting reading.

        • tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1

          JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

          • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1.1.1

            I do… I didn’t say he wasn’t.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.2

            tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1
            15 March 2017 at 2:13 pm
            JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

            ————————————————————

            Proves nothing. So was another little prick about 60 years ago.

            The problem is in lacking a strong opposition who can stop these sort of narcissist wankers in their tracks long before they can inflict any damage on the rest of us .

      • WILD KATIPO 3.2.2

        Plain facts are , National knew English didnt have a snowballs chance of applying the finishing touches to the Roger Douglas Years of Treason , … they needed someone with pizazz , someone who could think quickly on his feet and lie with a straight face before the cameras.

        John Key was the obvious choice.

        A pro free market , pro Obama , Milton Freidman disciple whose game plan included not only to do the smaller local deconstructions of the NZ welfare state , – but also to tie us up forever in a difficult to extract economic / military so called ‘ Free Trade Deal ‘ called the TTPA.

        No one seriously considered either Brexit or Trump.

        Now then , … about that wee small matter of Pike River…..

  3. Andre 4

    Will no-one think of the Hosk? The wounds from Ponytail’s resignation must have just started to heal, and this will re-open them.

    • lprent 4.1

      Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        lprent 4.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

        ———————————————————–

        Hes had to downgrade to a family car.

        Someone claimed they saw him walking to a bus stop,… but , you know how wild rumors spread so easily… dont think its true myself…

  4. saveNZ 5

    John Key will get $51,725 from taxpayers each year until he dies. And a car too. And domestic travel. https://t.co/R5hhFPT26H

    Shocking – maybe if politicians relied on the pension like everyone else then they would be more interested in preserving the welfare state and be more in touch with reality!

    Even worse when you look at MP’s like Mark Mitchell and the dubious way he and Slater duped the MSM and his own National rivals to get a lucrative MP job… what a great investment (sarc). Now he’s in charge of Security – how fucked up is that!

    God Knows why Key was so keen to throw in his multi million benefits as a financial trader to slum it as a politician (sarc)… maybe the future will let that be known…

    Time to end parliamentary and post parliamentary perks! And raise the standard of integrity of politicians to have some sort of basic humanitarian ability, not be known as an ex mercenary or smiling assassin.

    • james 5.1

      How do you feel about Helen Clarke receiving it ? Still shocking?

      • Sabine 5.1.1

        yes.

        no perks before they retire, if they need money they can earn a living like the rest of us.

      • roy cartland 5.1.2

        Of course it is! It’s a disgraceful waste and should be done away with, especially since every PM has been equipped to pay for themselves.

        If we axed it tomorrow, would we get kids not ‘choosing’ to be PM?

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.3

        Not as shocked as when China ( our biggest Free Trade Deal partner to date ) and a few other friendly Island nations complained about Keys out – of – control GSCB surveillance on behalf of Obama for the 5 eyes club …
        ———————————————————-
        james 3.1.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:28 pm
        I predict it will be about as helpful to the left as the “Moment of truth” was last election.
        ———————————————————-
        Kind of cancels the insinuations you made about Mr Kim Dotcom by showing Key to be a total lying little fucker , now doesn’t it.

      • Kevin 5.1.4

        There should be no perks after any politician leaves.

        It is public service. If they do not like, or understand what that mean,s then they should not be standing for office.

        They are well compensated and taken care of as elected officials. No need for that to carry on after.

      • Doogs 5.1.5

        Yes . . . definitely. Super is means tested. I work part time and don’t get it all. The $51,725 should also be means tested – on a sliding scale so if you’ve got $50M it goes to zero.

    • Kevin 5.2

      Maybe he can donate the perks like he did with his salary…

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      Be careful what you wish for. In New Zealand, members of Parliament got a honorarium of £105 from 1871, and in 1892 (one year before universal sufferage!) the payment was set at £240, considered sufficient to enable working men to stand for Parliament. Before the introduction of pay, lack of means of support was a considerable impediment to working class people being elected. NZ was way, way ahead of the UK in this regard, where the in 1910 the law lords banned trade unions from funding the 42 Labour party MPs – effectively, stripping them of the ability to represent their constituents. Only in 1911 did Lloyd George introduce pay ofr MPs, allowing the Labour members to take their seats free of financial stress.

      In other words, attacking MPs pay and perks has to be done carefully, because if they were not paid, only the rich could afford to stand to be elected.

      • Except the pay and perks need to be sufficient to get people through their careers inside Parliament. There’s no reason to pay them anything after they leave, or provide any perks. They should save for their retirement like regular people do, by putting aside some of their salary.

        And being an MP nowadays is so far separated from the reality you were describing that the Green Party actually titches back a portion of their MP’s salaries to fund the Party itself, doing basically the reverse of what the early UK Labour Party was doing.

      • ropata 5.3.2

        Well said Sanctuary, and the other problem with skimping on MPs benefits is that they will be more susceptible or reliant upon offers from vested interests after their term in Parliament. We can’t have it both ways. To keep the influence of lobbyists at bay we MUST pay our pollies well.

        • Thinkerr 5.3.2.1

          I was thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago when I read the Herald article about National Gen X MPs being ok about Blinguish’s proposed retirement age change.

          Why would you, when you bask on far more than the state pension and it kicks in far earlier?

  5. greywarshark 6

    I think Key’s heart was in the job as PM. He just wasn’t working for the citizens as a whole, just the smaller percentage that had cleared a path to the Golden Temple of Doom. So bye you adventuring Indiana Key. Watch out or you might get eaten by crocodiles or something nasty happen to you. You can’t afford to turn your back on the company you keep.

  6. Tiger Mountain 7

    so;
    our glorious pony pulling, shower weeing, poor bashing, housing bubble enabling, NGO strangling, night school zapping, state house selling, infrastructure plundering, Tax Haven creating, 5 Eyes snooping, tax cut borrowing, and misogynist, dear leader has left the building!!

    • Sabine 7.1

      open the windows, let in the sun and rejoice.

    • mary_a 7.2

      @ Tiger Mountain (7) … yep slithering away out the door, like the filthy venomous serpent he is!

      Anyone else leaving so suddenly from such a high ranking position would be hounded by msm, with some sticky questions being asked, along with some very serious investigative journalism being undertaken. But not so for this squalid little reptilian traitor. Oh no, he’s allowed to leave without challenge from media.

      Wonder why that was?

      What was the deal there?

      • Anne 7.2.1

        What was the deal there?

        He’s promised them free wine bottles from his “I know nuffink about it – behind a Trust wall” vineyard every Xmas for the next 20 years?

      • Tiger Mountain 7.2.2

        very few world leaders sitting in a comfortable position like Key have left to “spend more time with the missus”

        there are many rumours and it will take some time perhaps for the truth to emerge, there was allegedly some unpleasantness in Northland relating to his personal team that would not look good, but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

        but some will say take him at his word, it is the simplest explanation, except that Mr Key was talking mere weeks before in the media about a 4th term!

        • Anne 7.2.2.1

          …but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

          Ahaa!!! Thank-you T.M. for that timely bit of information. And what about the hush hush dinner date with Warner Bros. – and others – in Los Angeles in 2012? You know, the one wot caused him to skip the funeral service for the three fallen soldiers. I wonder if Peter Thiel was also a guest?

    • Tiger Mountain (7)

      Was the slimy little shit pushed or did he jump?

  7. SpaceMonkey 8

    Finally! These tears I’m crying are from the years of frustration that it took so long!! Good job he’s going. It is obscene he will still qualify for $50K+ a year.

    • Its obscene we do not have impeachment laws or we could have had gotten rid of the creep years ago. Only problem being… he still would have been the bludging 1% er sponging off the tax payers dollar every year in Mt Eden.

      Maybe the little shithead could have payed for his stay inside like any good ‘ personal responsibility ‘ neo liberal by indulging in a few fight club activity’s himself . With him as one of the champ fighters.

      Cant see him being that effective in paying his way using that method though…. like any bully… he would only be any good against people who cant fight back.

      • SpaceMonkey 8.1.1

        Impeachment laws and economic treason as a crime… that would’ve been enough. But then we’d have to clean out the entire NZ banking and insurance sectors for consistency…

  8. McFlock 9

    Much as I dislike him, John Key must be credited with having a skill unique amongst all preceding Prime Ministers, including Helen Clark.
    How else can you describe someone who was in a job for 8 years and still looks like a fucking petulant dilettante?

    • SpaceMonkey 9.1

      I agree he was a slick salesman… but that doesn’t mean he was good for NZ and he will never be a statesman.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        😉
        I didn’t say he was a slick salesman (would you have bought a car off him?)

        I said he had a unique skill. That skill was to sit in a job for longer than most people do these days, and still look like he wasn’t trying, wasn’t interested, didn’t really care, and would piss off as soon as something more interesting or with a longer pony tail came along.

        It takes a special fuckwit to manage that these days, let alone in one of the top jobs in the country.

  9. Tophat 10

    He’s playing absolute havoc with my KDS recovery. I get a couple of months of derangeless behavior and the prick rears his ugly boat race once again!
    Could he just fuck off already! :))

  10. AB 11

    Never heard of him. What did he do?

  11. Cinny 12

    Your children need parenting John, they are screaming out for attention, your son wants to be Bieber and your daughter seems to be obsessed with porn.

    Kids come first John and I’m thrilled mine will never ever have your hands fondling their hair.

    Pig of a man, resigning for family reasons? SPOTLIGHT? Nuff said.

    • John Key ponytail pulling bully: New Zealand Prime … – YouTube
      Video for video of john key pulling ponytails you tube▶ 1:42

    • mary_a 12.2

      @ Cinny (12) … it was only a couple of weeks ago the NZH had an article that the porn obsessed daughter was asking for crowdfunding to fund a movie she wants to make in the US!! WTF!!!!!

      Surely daddykins could have coughed up with a few million or so to help girly out to get her name in lights on his beloved Hollywood circuit!

  12. Greg 13

    It’s been truly a lost decade he hasn’t left New Zealand in a better condition so many promises turned out to be total lies at least the captain of the titanic went down with the ship not key . He has abandoned his government /people to the mercy of the mob

    • Rats DO have an innate sense of personal survival at the expense of all else.

      Hence the term…. ‘ like rats off a sinking ship ‘ .

    • whateva next? 15.1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the IMF job, even though he couldn’t possibly say that .

  13. Whispering Kate 16

    As for the $51,725, a car and domestic travel for life, my partner has just said the entire parliament is just a racketeering institution, all as bad as each other who collude to keep their perks so who needs a government, we may as well just do it for ourselves for the use they are. I would be interested also to know what Helen Clarke enjoys per annum gratis the NZ taxpayer – what a lot of fools we are to expect our Parliament to be there for what it should be – civil society, all the institutions that hold a society together, health, defence, policing, welfare for the needy, what a hollow sham that is – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.

    We have lost our courage and respect, once upon a time there would be rebellion and people fighting for the love of their country, now we just sit back, watch crap on TV or social media and couldn’t give a shit what happens. We may as well build motorways over our returned servicemen’s cemeteries for all we care, nobody has learned from their sacrifices – its heartbreaking how venal and shallow we have all become.

    • – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.
      ————————————————————————————————————————-

      “While Australia had the better approach, consistent and steady reform over time, it stopped 10 years ago,” English said.”They were better at it. Now they are not, while we are getting better at it.”

      English also cited New Zealand’s “more coherent” political system as an advantage. It avoids the complications of federalism.

      – Bill English.

      2011.

      It’s time to take on the Aussies, says English – The New Zealand Herald
      m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10718151

      Finance Minister Bill English has come under fire for saying low wages in New Zealand help it compete with neighbouring Australia.

      “Well, it’s a way of competing, isn’t it? I mean, if we want to grow this economy, we need the capital – more capital per worker – and we’re competing for people as well,” he said.

      Low wages ‘advantage’ for NZ – English | Stuff.co.nz
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4869938/Low-wages-advantage-for-NZ-English

      (Nice housing crisis and cheap immigrant labour source you got there , Bill – we love the low wages , slave conditions and family’s sleeping in cars while working two jobs as well… hell ! – it took you since 2011 to get it just how you wanted it , but hey ! – good things take time , right? )

      And though this is a post about the odious Key leaving, both Bill and John worked the relay team that has made us a lesser country for it.

  14. Red Hand 17

    Filmed in their Wellington house with the expansive uninterrupted view, other people remotely distant.

    Bronagh says to the camera, and John home from a squash game after a hard day’s currency trading, “did you win”.

    Yes he had and has and will always win and win and win, always.

  15. Tanz 18

    The MSM make him sound like he’s fantastic. They are not balanced,he’s always had an easy run. Why don’t they ask the tough questions of him? Money talks…and houses have never ever cost so much…

  16. infused 19

    I like how the 51k was put in there. lprent post this?

    im sure labour will get into govt some day

  17. ropata 20

    https://jobloggz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/has-nz-been-left-with-a-financial-t-rex/

    So what has John Key done in the three terms he’s been in?

    He raised GST to 15%, turned NZ into a tax haven for the one percent, sold NZ land to overseas investors thereby pricing our children out of the domestic housing market, signed NZ up to the TPP, sold state houses – which forced vulnerable NZ families into living in cars, and under his watch New Zealand’s gross debt has soared to a whopping half trillion dollars.

    That’s what we know he’s done. So what’s happening behind the scenes that we don’t know about?

    How about New Zealand’s exposure to derivatives? Does the average Kiwi know the country’s balance sheet now has a derivatives exposure of $180b? That is rather a lot of those “financial weapons of mass destruction”.

    That’s what you get when you elect a banker for Prime Minister. He’s done really well for the one percent.

    • greywarshark 20.1

      You are so restrained ropata. You resisted putting wanker and have raised the tone of the bog thereby. I have just lowered it again, sorry. It was irresistible after reading your concise pile of crimes against NZ. What an indictment on Gnashonall and all who sail in the plonker party.

  18. mosa 21

    “Bye John”

    No….he will always be with us as an example of what happens when a PM who had such huge political capital , popularity and influence and could have achieved real positive change for kiwis , a real lasting meaningful legacy that when asked people would remember because it has a direct positive influence on their lives, but no there is nothing of note at all….nothing.

    It was always about the money and control and the fear of what he did and what he had to hide that he just could not stop once to tell the truth.

    So fearful of losing that control that he would personally authorise the destruction of his opponents from his very own office and a huge army of willing volunteers to help with the deception, the NZ media who obliged fearful of the release of dirt that he had on a lot of them and many others.

    The New Zealanders ( the man and woman on the street ) who voted for this man on the promise of a brighter future three times in a row are still waiting and always will be because he was never going to deliver something better…that’s not what John Key ever intended, all he wanted was a blank cheque and they gave him one.. postdated.

  19. Once was Tim now no longer 22

    Bye John is right!
    Even the overseas ‘3rd World’ main stream media is monitoring our former Dear Leader and his minions – ours just clutch their pearls and balls and can’t seem to cope (going forward).

    I’m not a betting person – but I’ll make an exception:
    Any revelations about Bye Bye John won’t come from NZ journalistic endeavour, but from overseas interests that have been allowed to do the leg work (and believe me! they’re busily at it)

    How embarrasssing! This nation that punches above its weight, this nation of egalitarian values that regularly ranks amongst the Whurl’s least corrupt, this 100% pure nation with now 3rd World water (shift the goal posts if you wish), ……

    Even the 3rd World’s main stream media now has renewed interest in things (such as the Panama Papers)
    The Ken Whitneys
    Blackstones
    SO SO many others

    Meanwhile … The Block, The Batchelor, The bullshit.
    How fucking suphustikaydid.
    Michelle Boag and the arch protector of the left Broin and darling wife Judy, worse still their enabler – Jum ‘The Panel’ Mora and delightful subway woif.

    Christ we’ve become a comfy, selfish, bubble-infected little nation-state ripping off its subjects whilst riding on a wave of history

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    3 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    3 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    4 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    7 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    7 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
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