Introducing Campaign Hub 2008

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, September 11th, 2008 - 69 comments
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Helena Catt, head of the Electoral Commission, says the EFA has had a ‘chilling effect’ on democratic participation. I’m convinced that that is a foolish position based on a belief that ‘democratic participation’ is rich lobby groups paying for ads and billboards, trying to market to us. What the EFA has actually done is democratise participation in democracy. No longer are ordinary people drowned out by the rich organisations. Now, people have the opportunity to be heard in whichever way they choose, they just need to get out there and do it. Anybody can be a third party if they choose, you just have to have the decency to tell the people who you’re trying to influence who you are.

One measure of the health of democratic participation is the vibrancy of the blogosphere. Since we installed our stats package in March, our pageviews have tripled. During the first nine days of this month, Kiwis spent over 125,000 minutes on this blog alone, making over 2500 comments. If that’s not healthy democratic participation, I don’t know what is.

In my darker moments, however, I fear that the blogosphere has become a substitute for real-world action for some. On the one hand, its fantastic to be able to discuss issues with some many intelligent thoughtful people and the blogosphere is a source of quality information and debate in a way that the mainstream media simply is not. On the other hand, spending time trying to convince some libertarian that we shouldn’t just let the poor starve is not as productive as getting out there and trying to show ordinary Kiwis that we’re better off with a left-wing government than National.

I would encourage each one of you to spend time in the next eight and a half weeks contributing to keeping the Left in power. That could be by assisting a political party or a third party campaign, or you do something off your own bat. I really encourage the latter. Don’t wait to be led; lead yourself. Get a few mates together, plan and carry out some political theatre. Make up some posters, leaflets, banners and get them out around your community. There is nothing to stop you doing this, nothing. And its great fun too. We had a ball at the ‘Great New Zealand Sell-off’ protest outside the National party conference. The other day me and a mate spent a couple of hours dropping some leaflets in mailboxes – nice walk in the sun, had some laughs, spread the good word. Easy.

To help out, we’re launching the Campaign Hub 2008 page on The Standard which is twinned with a Campaign Hub Facebook group. The campaign hub will carry info on how you can help out and tips for getting active. Best of all, you can send us your poster and leaflet ideas, and we’ll put them up so people around the country can print them off.

Have a gander, sign up, use the resources at the Campaign Hub, or just get into it. It’s only 58 days until the election, make it count.

Remember, voting should not be the pinnacle of your participation in democracy. It should be only the beginning.

69 comments on “Introducing Campaign Hub 2008 ”

  1. I hope the Vote With Both Eyes Open group are cool with me linking to their posters, which are available for download already on botheyesopen.org.nz… and stealing a little bit of their text for the ‘tips’ section

    looking forward to seeing the designs you send in

  2. higherstandard 2

    Can I turn the hose on you if you come knocking at my door ?

    🙂

  3. randal 3

    rock on dude…i’ll check back to hip.hq for some really COOL t-shirts!

  4. you’re a real ad for toryism HS.

  5. Vanilla Eis 5

    Not just the left SP – I’d like to see the right get involved as well. Despite my leanings, I encourage all of my friends to vote regardless because I’d much rather they voted for a party that I personally dislike than stay at home out of apathy on election day. I also try and tell them why I’m voting the way I will, but some won’t hear a word of it.

    So I’d also like to invite any dirty tories out there to also make up some fliers, do some street theatre and generally get into the spirit of things.

    Widespread participation is the best way to make our democracy stronger, and that requires all sides to come to the table.

  6. Vanilla. Agree with the sentiments, especially about voting. The Hub is designed for the Left only but I’m sure they can organise themselves

  7. “…and the blogosphere is a source of quality information and debate…”

    (cough) er…as any good public librarian or information science teacher/tutor/lecturer will tell you: it sure as hell isn’t.

    As for your comment in regard to Helena Catt- well frankly I trust the judgment of a paid, professional ,highly qualified ,specialized and impartial public servant in regard to the EFA more than I would any member of this govt or Labour party activists. But hey, perhaps you’ll tell me the public service are all a bunch of lazy know nothing rotters?
    Now there would be a flip flop of titanic proportions.

    Well, I’m off to stuff some mailboxes for National.
    P.S remember to put your name and address on any home made material advocating people to vote for Labour etc.

    Cheers 😉

  8. BeShakey 8

    “(cough) er as any good public librarian or information science teacher/tutor/lecturer will tell you: it sure as hell isn’t.”

    I suspect they would tell you it isn’t a UNIFORM source of quality information and debate. But I would be surprised if they said there was absolutely nothing of value.

    With regard to Helena Catt, a paid, professional, highly qualified, specialised and impartial public servant, wouldn’t enter into political debates in their professional role. I haven’t seen the context for her comment, but I’d hope it changes the effect of it significantly.

  9. Vanilla Eis 9

    SP: Oh, of course I expect them to organise themselves – lord knows some of them have the funding! I found out the other day that one of my more prominent right-wing classmates was sponsored by Bob Jones while at Vic Uni. Not for anything in particular, just for being right wing and promising!

    Anyway, I digress.

    The tories can organise themselves to vote and campaign, but I very much hope they do.

  10. “As for your comment in regard to Helena Catt- well frankly I trust the judgment of a paid, professional ,highly qualified ,specialized and impartial public servant in regard to the EFA”

    Actually no, you only trust her judgement becuase shes saying what you want to hear, anything else and she woudl be another labour lacky with her snout in the trough.

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    I would encourage each one of you to spend time in the next eight and a half weeks contributing to keeping the Left in power. That could be by assisting a political party or a third party campaign, or you do something off your own bat. I really encourage the latter.

    I thought that said ‘assassinating’. Bit extreme, even for you, SP.

    I agree somewhat with getting mired in the blogosphere too. It’s not hard to feel you’re really contributing but it is a niche, albeit an expanding one, and you can also forget about the rest of the world out there, one that doesn’t pay as much attention to politics as those in this sphere.

    No substitute for getting out there.

  12. Well, I’m off to stuff some mailboxes for National.

    But Ricky – you told me you were not a National Party activist:

    Robinsod: sorry old boy/old girl I’m not one of the party faithful of either National or Labour

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2081#comment-54504

    Someone from the Nats lying??? Say it ain’t so ricky. Say it aint so.

  13. Oh yeah – and my follow up comment from way back then:

    Richard – I know you are a National party activist. Why are you (and so many other tories) ashamed to admit it?

    The first step to fixing the problem is acknowledging it Ricky…

  14. Totally agree, people should get out there and campaign for the party of their choice, grass roots politicians I think they call it.

    I don’t think bloggers have that much impact though, take a look at 2006 in the USA with Lieberman .

    Anyway, glad your doing your bit, by putting leaflets in people’s mailboxes, even though its for a party I don’t support, who knows a national party supporter by put National leaflets in your letterbox. Or have a group of National supports marching and chanting down your street.

    I hope the left now realizes free speech applies to everybody.

    Oh I would appreciate any tips you could give me.

  15. Its only 58 days till the election?????

  16. Brett. Based on Nov 8 (19 days left in Sept, 31 in Oct, 8 in Nov).

    If Nats want to chant down Highbury Rd, they’re more than welcome.. bit hilly though and not too many jokers about.

    Richard. You’re right, materials should be authorised, there’s info on that on the Campaign Hub page http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?page_id=2984

  17. Patrick 17

    Brett – good luck! I’m sure many people on the left would love to have National’s ‘policies’ distributed to homes.

    I do agree with you about the political impact bloggers can have though, Ron Paul is probably a more recent example of a huge political savvy online following that simply did not exist offline.

    I’ve had a friend describe blogging as talk back radio for young people, and sadly I think it’s a pretty accurate description, as much as I enjoy it!

    Hehe, recaptcha: persuade on

  18. Daveski 18

    I don’t see any publicity about the election date unless the Standard/SP does have a direct line to the 9th floor
    [self-moderation: read the about pages and repent and the BOFH will get you!]

    Likewise, I have difficulty with the way in which you simply dismiss negative views of the EFA from impartial and non-political qangos. I can only imagine the outrage if any National-govt legislation had the same result.

  19. Daveski. Like everyone else, I’ve worked out the election will almost certainly be on Nov 8 by simple process of elimination. Do you really think that if I did have a direct line to the 9th floor I would be revealing it through indirect references?

    I don’t ‘simply dismiss’ Catt’s comments, I argue they are wrong by referring to evidence that contradicts her comments. She is neither automatically right, nor automatically wrong. And I would note that you and the rest of the Kiwiblog Right have repeatedly attacked Catt for the ECs decisions this year when National, Farrar etc have tried to abuse the EFA to prevent unions and others from having their voice and have failed miserably.

  20. Daveski 20

    SP – attempt at humour C-

    It does raise the question (no begging allowed) as to why the date hasn’t been formalised.

    And while I can’t accuse you of being joined to the 9th floor hip, you can’t paint me with the Kiwiblog brush.

  21. Patrick. I think there’s more to blogging than that, especially in NZ with its shallow pool of professional media. The major blogs undoubtedly influence reporting and flows on into the discourse. Indeed, that was one reason The Standard was set up, because journos were just running National’s lines received via Farrar without question. I think there’s also an important informative role. Remember when people always used to talk about benefit numbers exploding under Labour? That’s a view you could hold if you just read the mainstream media but leftwing blogs have destroyed arguments like that so comprehensively time and again that you rarely see even the most rabid Kiwiblog Right types making them anymore.

    But, yeah, mostly it’s good fun and an opportunity to talk politics.

  22. Patrick 22

    Oh that’s certainly true, and we’ve seen several examples already this year of blogs breaking major news stories, and it’s great to see. Another, unfortunate side effect is seeing Farrar labeled a “political commentator”.

    But for the most part it’s just people talking to the wind, but boy is it fun hehe.

  23. Tane 23

    SP, I’d recommend doing an email list too. Not everyone uses facebook.

  24. Daveski 24

    Both Kiwiblog and the Standard add considerably to the political landscape. Both are partisan, undoubtedly, and both discount the merits of the other.

    I don’t think anyone would go to either to look for balanced analysis but there is undoubtedly passionate discussion on both sites.

    Whether the blogosphere will make any different to the election remains to be seen.

  25. I would suggest that membership of political parties and organisations was a better proxy for democratic involvement than how many hits The Standard gets 😉

  26. Ari 26

    Both Kiwiblog and the Standard add considerably to the political landscape. Both are partisan, undoubtedly, and both discount the merits of the other.

    I don’t think anyone would go to either to look for balanced analysis but there is undoubtedly passionate discussion on both sites.

    Whether the blogosphere will make any different to the election remains to be seen.

    A lot of sentiments being expressed in the blogosphere have made their way into the general election discourse. Whether that means it’s influential is a different matter, but it suggests the possibility at least.

    As for partisanship- it would certainly be nice to have a site that’s either non-partisan or multi-partisan, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

  27. lprent 27

    Daveski:

    It does raise the question (no begging allowed) as to why the date hasn’t been formalised.

    It is formalised.

    An election must be no more than 38? months from the date of the previous one. Our previous one was Sept 17 2005. So this one is no later than Nov 17 2008.

    It must have at least 6 weeks notice from the time that the election is called to when it is performed.

    The GG can call the election, but in practice it is usually triggered by the PM resigning the government, and staying on in a caretaking role (or something daft like that is the convention).

    These sites aren’t there for balanced analysis. They’re there for prying around anything related to politics on a partisan basis and disseminating it.

    If you have a look at the About for this site, you’ll find that it is quite explicit about being there to support the labour movement activists. It does this by providing a discussion area and a way of distributing ideas. The mere fact of having debate running across the political divides is just a bonus (and largely due to the moderators and myself not wanting to look at the same old tropes over and over again).

    For me the best thing about the site is when I hear people repeating points to me and referencing the site as being where they came from. That is why it is here.

    SP: Also 7.8GB of data transferred in 10.7 days. This after I’ve spent days tweaking things to minimize data transfers. My bloody swap is running at about 50MB which means that soon I’ll have to start thinking about upping the RAM again.

    Currently the lurker to commentator ratio is creeping close to 50:1. Most of the readers don’t go into comments – they read the posts up on the front page.

    I’m pretty politically active outside the blogs, but not in street theatre, etc.

  28. r0b 28

    Excellent post – one of the best. And what a good idea to set up Campaign Hub. Outstanding!

    I’m up to my shapely ass in real world campaigning, and can only encourage others (of all political persuasions, but hmm maybe especially you Greens and lefties!) to get out there and get involved. As Vanilla Eis said so cogently above, it’s all about strengthening democracy.

    And on that unusually hopeful note, toodle pip!

  29. Phil 29

    Re; printing leaflets about John Key

    I don’t mean to be picky, but “climate change is a hoax” wasn’t the direct quote

  30. Still raining but spring is in the air 30

    I will go up into my attic and get down some of my eighties badges supporting labour and unions and will wear them even though I will look a complete gonk! (-:

    I already volunteer as a literacy tutor and between working full-time and being a full-time mum, that is all I can manage without everything turning to complete crap.

  31. IrishBill 31

    “I’m up to my shapely ass”

    I had no idea you and ‘sod were an item.

  32. Billy 32

    I’ve never heard anyone describe ‘sod as “shapely”. And he’s a donkey.

  33. r0b 33

    I had no idea you and ‘sod were an item.

    Alas, ‘sod is already taken, I can only dream of what might have been.

  34. forget it.. 3 strikes and all that!!!

  35. Cecil 35

    Great idea get active punch a politician. Clever Trevor did.

  36. explanation: I lost the first two comments without any effort whatsoever.. maybe some improvement to the encryption thing is in order.. increases receptivity.. etc

  37. randal 37

    in the mentime please send donations or sign up to donate to the party that has done more for new zealand in the last nine years than national has ever done in this century!

  38. Cecil 38

    RANDAL – never in New Zealand’s history have so many Labour MP’s been caught up in sordid corruption. Labour are history, nobody in their right mind would vote for the deceptive, despicable creeps!!

  39. r0b 39

    RANDAL – never in New Zealand’s history have any Labour MP’s been caught up in sordid corruption.

    Fixed that for you.

  40. Cecil 40

    r0b – when does Fatty Field appear in the criminal dock?
    Will he use the standard lying Labour lawyer?
    Who will Trevor punch out election night?
    Will Peter kiss another man election night?

  41. r0b 41

    Ahh Cecil that didn’t take long did it. Plonk.

  42. Quoth the Raven 42

    Who will Trevor punch out election night?

    Whenever I read anything about Mallard like the above, I can’t help but mention Gerry two tonne Brownlee, who actually got convicted of assault.

  43. Robinsod, I didn’t know my comments have meant so much to you that you cling on to them. I don’t know if I should be flattered or creeped out.
    With the future of NZ at stake in this election I am defiantly a Nat activist now. I hope that will keep you warm at night, I doubt much else does 😉
    (Sorry with that last comment, I’m descending to your level, I ‘ll stop that.)

    Killinginthenameof (that’s a hell of a tag!) You assume too much and I would turn your comment around and say the judgment of Dr Catt is being called ‘foolish’ here because she implies criticism of Labours EFA. If she was saying everything is fine and dandy then people here would be saying she is a trusted, respected, professional and impartial civil servant whose judgment is far better than the oppositions and so on.

    Here is the context of Dr Catts comments which came from a recent speech she gave in her professional capacity:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10530509
    Judge them as you wish. If you find the nzherald an unacceptable source then email her office for a copy of the transcript of her speech. I’m sure her office would be happy to supply it.
    Steve: Your right, we found a leaflet drop walk round the block very enjoyable, even if it was a bit chilly J

  44. higherstandard 44

    QTR

    There is a very good and humorous look at the biff in NZ politics over the years here if you want a chuckle.

    http://nzquest.blogspot.com/2008/02/rumble-in-bumble-violence-in-nz.html

  45. tothetight 45

    For posters why not use some of the Russian ones in WW2 showing JK in a German uniform and HC as a solider saving the motherland by slaying JK.

  46. higherstandard 46

    Tothelight

    I’m not sure which is the more absurd comparing John Key to a Nazi or Helen Clark to a Stalinist.

  47. higherstandard 47

    Eh moderation, which word’s in the naughty list ?

  48. mike 48

    Nice graphics SP, it looks like you are recruiting for the mongrel mob.

    Mind you I think you will need any help you can get if the next poll figures are anything to go by…

  49. Quoth the Raven 49

    Good article, thanks HS. I wish people wouldn’t get so hung up about a bit of biff in parliament.

  50. Cecil 50

    Parliament is the highest court in the land. I must tell the judge the next time that a “bit of biff” is ok mate !!

  51. T-Rex 51

    Note to those distributing National party policy – Don’t bother hitting any of the cafes, they’ve already been covered.

    Great initiative, go hard! I’m ill placed for leaflet dropping, but I’ll try and come up with something posterworthy.

  52. “Killinginthenameof (that’s a hell of a tag!)”

    Cheers!

    “Here is the context of Dr Catts comments which came from a recent speech she gave in her professional capacity:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10530509

    My main thing is does she mean chilling like putting something in the freezer, cools it down a bit, not quite so active. Or does she mean chilling like security cameras on every lamp post and people dissapearing in the dark of night. I’m hopeless at english, and can’t really pick which. I’d like to think she means the former, but Farrar and co are certainly presenting it as the latter. I honestly don’t know.

  53. Dean 53

    “Ahh Cecil that didn’t take long did it.”

    Field was only guilty of trying to help his constituents, right r0b?

  54. r0b 54

    Nah Dean Fields was guilty of a whole lot more than that from the sound of it.

  55. Cecil 55

    More expensive state funded litigation caused by unsavoury Labour MP’S . It’s bloody disgusting and now the Winston saga. When will it end Gladys?

  56. Quoth the Raven 56

    Cecil – A troll aren’t you. Let’s have a think about the unsavoury National MPs. Gerry Brownless done for assault, Nick Carter done for drunk driving, Shane Arden got charged with disorderly behaviour. Who was the last party to be investigated by the SFO. That’s right it was National in 1998. Didn’t national “miscalculate its GST” at the last election. What party did Winston Peters used to belong to?

  57. Dean 57

    r0b:

    “Nah Dean Fields was guilty of a whole lot more than that from the sound of it.”

    Now there’s an ex Labour MP we don’t hear much about these days. I wonder what adjectives Helen could find to describe such an individual?

  58. Razorlight 58

    “Anybody can be a third party if they choose, you just have to have the decency to tell the people who you?re trying to influence who you are.”

    I don’t think many authors from The Standard or contibutors, myself included, would agree with you there SP.

    Other than yourself there are not to many on here saying who they are in their attempt to influence.

  59. Robinsod, I didn’t know my comments have meant so much to you that you cling on to them. I don’t know if I should be flattered or creeped out.

    Sorry to disappoint you ricky but you’re not that special – I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text. It’s very useful for calling idiots to account and cross-referencing all sorts of information but the downside is I’m cursed to carry every retarded blog comment I’ve ever read around in my head for the rest of my friggin life.

    Talk about a Faustian pact…

  60. randal 60

    In the westminster system of government it is the prime minister who calls the election and nobody else. that is why he/she is the prime minister,it is her prerogative. (john key note spelling and try the correct pronunciation). anyway please donate your time and cash to the party who does more for new zealand than running round whingeing and crying haRD DONE BY AS THE NATS DO.

  61. Razor, well blogs have an exemption but I don’t see the harm in having to put your name to real world political action.

  62. Phil 62

    I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text

    Oxymoron?

  63. I guess this video kinda relates to our election, its Scottish Comedian Craig Ferguson telling Americans to vote.

  64. Bill 64

    Craig Ferguson’s routine on dinosaur extinction used to be a lot funnier than this. At least proselytising that T-Rex should knit woolly jumpers would have had a noticeable effect. But voting between candidates of corporate america?

    Maybe you lose your edge when you become an American.

  65. I just have a near photographic memory – especially for text

    Oxymoron?

    Like I said Phil – every retarded comment. Thanks for adding to that burden…

  66. deemac 67

    isn’t it Catt’s job to decide what the legislation means? not to say we won’t know till it’s been tested in court – that just sounds like buck passing to me. Surely her job is well paid because it involves responsibility.

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  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    4 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    4 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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