John does a Don

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, June 30th, 2008 - 76 comments
Categories: john key, same old national, slippery - Tags: ,

Remember Noelle McCarthy’s 95bFM interview with Brash in which she got him to admit to knowledge of the Brethren pamphlets? Student radio has done it again.

Hager’s weekend article in the Sunday Star Times detailed an ongoing advisory relationship between the National Party and political consultants Crosby Textor.

But RDU’s Kate Gorgeous asked John Key back in November 2007, “Have you got any advisors round now that are seen in The Hollow Men?”.

Here’s John Key’s reply:

And here’s the full audio from Scoop.

76 comments on “John does a Don ”

  1. T-rex 1

    What I find interesting is how quick and decisive he is in his responses when he’s answering honestly.

    Pretty solid indicator of just how often he’s obfuscating (/lying)… I don’t think I’ve ever HEARD him give a direct and clear answer before.

  2. Mr English 2

    Liar, liar, pants on fire. Can the media ever trust JK to tell them the truth?

  3. Denying that Crosby/Textor is running your campaign is another classic part of a Crosby/Textor campaign

  4. outofbed 4

    Listening to an overly angry Hooten on RNZ this morning I would say that Mr Hager has struck a very raw nerve indeed.
    Methinks there is more to come

  5. higherstandard 5

    Denying that you eat babies is another classic part of being a baby eater – could this get any more silly.

  6. Lukas 6

    SP thats a ridiculous statement to make… I believe that Labour has also denied that C/T are running their campaign…along with ACT, NZ First and even of all people The Kiwi Party!

  7. T-rex 7

    Just thought about it some more… his direct answer to “Is Peter Keenan still working for you” is actually pretty incompetent. There’s a reason people use the “I can neither confirm nor deny” line John – because if you don’t then failure to answer provides an answer.

    Q: Is Peter Keenan still working for you?
    A: No. (followed by fairly complete denial of association)

    Q: Are any of the other advisors from the 2005 election still working for you?
    A: Ummm… mumblefnck mumblefnck qualify divert (read: Yes).

    He’s not even particularly good at being a deceitful prick unless coaching is immediately on hand.

    What on earth are you National supporters voting for? Can you not SEE the parallels between Nationals campaign thus far and GW Bush’s election platforms?

    Please don’t tell me you were rooting for the Republicans… I’ll lose what little faith I have left…

  8. mmmm, ahhhh, errrrr, basically….

  9. HS. Even I wasn’t going as far as equating using Crosby/Textor to eating babies but you’re right in the general point – you hide stuff that you think people don’t want to hear.

    Incidentally, HS or anyone. Can you give me three reasons why Key would make a good PM?

  10. when? 10

    where in that clip does he deny having crosby and textor? Can someone give me a reference of how many seconds through the clip he says that?

  11. Lukas 11

    1 He is not HC
    2 He is not HC
    3 He is not HC… that would some up the general mode of the nation going on the latest polls.

  12. T-rex 12

    Oooh oooh!

    1) He’s rich.
    2) He “seems like the kind of guy you could have a beer with”.
    3) He’s not Helen Clark.

    What do I win?

    edit: jinx Lucas, but I still think I deserve the prize

  13. higherstandard 13

    T-Rex

    Regarding the US – I’m on record here as saying I wouldn’t mind McCain or Obama as long as there’s an end to the Bushs and Clintons.

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Lukas makes the point loud and clear. He’d be equally happy with Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Uncle Joe or Mao, Pinochet, or John Key as PM. Presumably so long as any one of them had some nice lines from C/T to feed him.

  15. all_your_base 15

    When? – 1:31 “any other advisors from the 2005 election?” (question presumably aimed at getting around his initial misdirection about ‘office staff’). Key: “ummmmmmmmmmmm… from the top of my head no”.

    Bloody hard to reconcile this denial with the (now known) facts, particularly given the prominence (then and now) of Crosby Texter’s involvement, both with the Party strategy and “brand Key” generally.

  16. T-rex 16

    HS: Interesting – Do you realise McCain is on record saying that that his views aligned with those of Bush on practically every significant issue of Bush’s presidency?

    He might be slightly smarter (it’s open to debate), but he wouldn’t have done anything differently as a result.

  17. Lukas. But what about you personally? Are those the three reasons why you personally think Key would make a better PM?

  18. when? He says he can’t name any of Brash’s outside advisors that he is using – yet a week into his time as Leader he personally hired Crisby/Textor, who had created National’s 2005 campaign. He had been meeting with them personally each month.

  19. Lukas 19

    MP- Wow… you could get a job in the Labour PR department with a statement like that!

    SP- no not at all. I am still in the undecided camp to be perfectly honest, though I think my chances of voting Labour are small at best due to some of the policy they have put through thus far. Also I believe that they are getting more and more dishonest… though it started in the first few months with the getting rid of the then Police Commissioner.

  20. That’s interesting. So is anyone a firm National voter (or ACT voter, that’s a vote for Key for PM too)? And can they tell us why they think Key would be a good PM?

  21. Matthew Pilott 21

    What about with your mates over the ditch, Lukas? Reckon I’ve got a shot? I mean, there was nothing untrue in it, most readers probably got the point and you weren’t able to launch a decent criticism. That’s what they’re after, right?

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    Steve, you’ve been asking that question of teh right for some time now – I don’t thnik you’ve had a nibble. I’ll have a go instead.

    Kiwisaver (wait, they’ll probably weaken it as much as possible)

    Nuclear free (wait, they’re just saying it, and would change the policy in a second, if they could. Kinda makes it worse, pretending to support it)

    WfF (wait, they’re opposed to it, but won’t remove it because, well, they have no better ideas)

    No sale of state assets (hmm. I’m sure they’d try to find a way around this, no thanks, I just don’t believe it. Not to mention the ‘first term’ caveat)

    Anti-PC (wait, “PC” is just a bullshit code to denigrate ideas that are anti-racist, and promote tolerance, not to mention decent ethics and so-on. Why would they be against that?)

    I got nothing. I’d honestly struggle to give a single reason. I suppose I’ll stand to do pretty well if his tax cuts do what National’s tax cuts generally do, but I’m not in it for me, so to speak.

  23. higherstandard 23

    OK SP I’ll play your game

    I think Key may make an interesting and successful Prime Minister for the following reasons.

    1. He has come from a modest background and succeeded in a cut throat business environment.

    2. He comes to parliament without any ideological baggage.

    3. He appears to have broad public appeal across the electorate.

  24. T-rex 24

    HS

    1) So has pretty much everyone else who’s succeeded in a cut-throat business environment I think you’ll find.

    2) Yeah, right. Because 15 years in currency trading earning a nickname reflecting complete lack of empathy doesn’t point to any ideological leanings at all.

    3) Uhhh…. have you even been reading this thread?

  25. Scribe 25

    HS said: He appears to have broad public appeal across the electorate.

    T-rex replied: Uhhh . have you even been reading this thread?

    T-rex,

    You are in la-la land if you think this blog in any way reflects the electorate. I would be equally sceptical of anything said on Kiwiblog when it’s argued that it’s representative of the electorate at large.

    Poll The Standard’s readers on their political views. Then graph them with the last 20 political polls. See how closely they correlate.

  26. mike 26

    Here’s my reasons for voting for him:

    1.Unlike Clark he has proven himself away from the public tit. He is succesfully self made.

    2. He is a family man. IMO having children qualifies him more to speak on family issues than someone who does not

    3.He is smart and engages people well. (some work to do on communication via media though)

  27. Pablo 27

    HS, perhaps you can fill in some gaps for me:

    I think Key may make an interesting and successful Prime Minister for the following reasons.

    1. He believes in _________, which is something I respect.

    2. He says he will pass legislation to _______ and I believe him.

    3. I couldn’t think up a number three.

  28. Can we take it then that this is the “neutron bomb” that you guys on the left have been promising, and if so, is an early election imminent? Even if this issue has any substance, or any capacity to damage Key, isn’t it a bit too soon, unless you guys know something about the timing of an election that we don’t?

  29. all_your_base 29

    How about one reason *not* to vote for him? As evidenced by the audio clip he seems to struggle to tell the truth. Does anyone really give a shit whether he’s a “family man” or whatever if he can’t even be straight with the voting public? Seems to me the righties are burying their heads in the sand over this one…

  30. Stephen 30

    Higherstandard’s number 3 – I think he’s good because he’s popular (eh?!)

  31. Tane 31

    Um, IV2, there is no neutron bomb. Never was as far as I know. Where was this rumour actually sourced from? The first I heard of it was Matthew “Hollow Man” Hooton.

  32. Matthew Pilott 32

    mike, do you think your number 2 was the reason he got involved with the S59 debate and ensured it would pass?

    Do you see the contradiction between 1 & 2? If he’s good because he has kids, doesn’t that also mean he’ll only be good at representing the interests of multi-millionaires? You’re not going to get all trickle-down on us are you?

  33. Really those are the reaons you would give someone the most powerful job in the country – he grew up in a state house, he’s rich, and he’s nice?

    Would any of you hire someone for you workplace on the same grounds?

  34. insider 34

    if you want truth or obfuscation, HC has hardly got an unblemished reputation over the years. So let’s not be too precious here.

  35. higherstandard 35

    Are you chaps arguing that the following wouldn’t be good things to have in a Prime Minister ?

    1. Broad appeal across the electorate.

    2. Very significant success and experience in the financial markets.

    3. Personal experience of the benefits of social welfare as a youngster.

    4. Not being linked to the to left or right ideologies.

    If you are I would be interested in your rationale.

  36. lprent 36

    hs: Were you describing Muldoon or Key?

  37. coge 37

    Well I’m waiting (with popcorn) to hear the PM in parliament,
    “John Key & Crosby Textor! Ha ha ha! He he he, HO HO HO!!
    What a riot. That’s bound to effect the gap of public opinion.

  38. Dancer 38

    One thing I find curious – despite having an editorial today saying “A Prime Minister should not depend on the public’s ability to presume what he meant or did not mean and finish his sentences for him….Verbal precision is not only vital in the job to which he aspires, it is a useful mental discipline too. Loose talk bespeaks muddled thought.”
    (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10519028) the NZ Herald does not seem to be covering this story. Seems strange given it is one of the hotest political issues running…

  39. higherstandard 39

    Lynn

    Comparing Muldoon and Key is about as valid as comparing Michael Cullen and Rodger Douglas.

    Apart from the parties having the same name Key would be closer to Clark on economic issues than he is to Muldoon.

  40. mike 40

    “If he’s good because he has kids, doesn’t that also mean he’ll only be good at representing the interests of multi-millionaires?”

    No – that’s a silly parallel. It’s like saying saying Cullen would only represent Uni lecturers.

  41. Lew 41

    HS: I think the point is that any one of thousands of New Zealanders could fulfil any except 1. which is simply a matter of exposure.

    Would you support anyone who met those criteria?

    L

  42. higherstandard 42

    Lew

    No, I wouldn’t necessarily support anyone who only met those criteria.

  43. T-rex 43

    Scribe: You are in la-la land if you think this blog in any way reflects the electorate. I would be equally sceptical of anything said on Kiwiblog when it’s argued that it’s representative of the electorate at large.

    Yes, I realise that. My point was that of COURSE he’s got broad appeal across the electorate – as this thread describes said appeal has been carefully manufactured for him by experts in the field. You’ve got no way of knowing if he’s a nice guy with broad appeal or not. All you’ve got is the persona he’s been dressed in by a group who specialise in giving people what they think they want.

    How does it feel to know you’re falling hook-line-&-sinker for the image being fed to you by a bunch of proven deceit artists? You’re not even SLIGHTLY suspicious?

  44. Lew 44

    HS: So what are the other criteria which make John Key supportable, then? I think that was the nub of the question.

    L

  45. HS.

    I would dispute the line (and it’s a classic Crosby/Textor line, they tried it with Brash too) that Key is not ideological, not from Left or Right. We’ve shown time and again that his core beliefs are of the Right, and that’s where he turns when he goes off script.

    But, moreover, I’m not sure why you think a lack of political principles (that’s all ideology is) should be a good thing.

  46. HS. I guess I’m just looking for more from a PM than he grew up in a state house and got rich and people like him (take a away the first one and you have George W, btw).

    I want a PM to believe in creating a better NZ, sustainable and just, where people have real freedom – freedom from unemployment, freedom from crappy wages that mean you have to work 60 hours a week, freedom from big businesses being allowed to pollute our water, our land, our air, freedom from the fear that getting sick will mean you need to borrow to pay for treatment, freedom from the social pressures that see the fate of those at the bottom of the heap repeated by their children. And I want a PM with real policies to move us towards that never-quite-reachable utopia. Clark has that, Key doesn’t.

    I’m not saying those attributes of Key’s you list aren’t nice. They’re just insufficent.

    captcha: ‘improve voter’, no ‘improve candidates, please’

  47. Scribe 47

    T-rex,

    How does it feel to know you’re falling hook-line-&-sinker for the image being fed to you by a bunch of proven deceit artists? You’re not even SLIGHTLY suspicious?

    I’m suspicious of every politician for one reason or another. And each side has its own bunch of proven deceit artists, so I’m suspicious of both sides equally on that score as well.

    I’m fortunate to have met John Key in a small-group meeting, so my opinions of him are based on that meeting (with no advisers/spin doctors with him), rather than any caricature that the Left or Right draw of him as Satan or Saviour respectively.

    captcha: Shady association’s (the apostrophe has me confused)

  48. higherstandard 48

    SP

    typo it should read

    …not to the too left or right ideologies.

    Lew I think that will come down to the policies of the National party, the question I was originally responding to was …..

    ‘Can you give me three reasons why Key would make a good PM.’

    This is a very different question from who is supportable (who will you vote for) as I’ve stated elsewhere I’ll vote for whichever party I think will be the best for the country over the next couple of terms only making my mind up closer to the election once the usual debates etc have been concluded – at present I only know who I am very unlikely to vote for.

  49. higherstandard 49

    Clinton

    I think the vast majority of those voting on election day will want those same things you describe they will only differ via their vote on the methodology and personnel to deliver them.

  50. lprent 50

    hs: I was being a bit facetious. But your description list sounded a lot like my favorite politician and how he was presented in 1975.

    You’ve got to say that the resemblance in your description was a bit uncanny. But then that was a manufactured vision as well, including the demonisation of Muldoon’s opposition.

    Perhaps the results will be better this time? History – what a wonderful teacher.

  51. Draco TB 51

    1.Unlike Clark he has proven himself away from the public tit. He is succesfully self made.

    From massive public subsidy (State housing and free education up to uni level). In fact I would say that is is no more successful than HC. You are suggesting, with no evidence whatsoever, that being successful in the private sector is harder than being successful in the public service.

    2. He is a family man. IMO having children qualifies him more to speak on family issues than someone who does not

    As PM, having children no more qualifies him to talk about family issues than HC simply because it comes down to their advisors from the relevant ministries. Believing otherwise is deluding yourself.

    3.He is smart and engages people well. (some work to do on communication via media though)

    This I would agree with.

  52. randal 52

    John Key never made anything. he made his money taking a commission on ‘turns’ with other peoples money

  53. Felix 53

    Yep randal, give him a turn.

    mike, the first word of the sentence you quoted is “If”.

    Did you not read it or do you not know what it means?

  54. johndoe 54

    My god. Y’all really don’t believe that it is more difficult to succeed in the private sector than in the public? And success – what’s it measured by in each? Getting a solid $100k + JOB? This is pathetic. Do any of you actually work by your own wits for a living?

  55. lprent 55

    Yes – been in the top few percent of earners forever. It simply isn’t that hard – really it is more a question of it you want to be bothered.

  56. Lew 56

    Lynn, you sound like an ACT member!

    L

  57. Sadly, I have to report that kiwiblogblog is dead. The rest of us on the left will just have to work just that little bit harder to make up for the loss of another independent, and slightly off-beat, team.

    And we shall!

    http://kiwiblogblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/see-ya-round/#comment-9870

  58. Anita 58

    mike said:

    2. He is a family man. IMO having children qualifies him more to speak on family issues than someone who does not

    I don’t have children. I am very much part of a family. What is your opinion of my qualification to speak on family matters?

  59. I know I would rather have a benevolent Nanny State, rather than an Authoritian Daddy State.

    I also expect any person who wishes to be Prime Minister to at least be able to speak properly without lapsing into um or ah or well you know what I mean. No John we do not, You have to tell us what you mean or shutup and go away. I am already sick of his bulldog minder, jumps up and barks for John as soon as anyone says anything John does not like.

  60. ak 60

    Despite the inane obfuscation and general misdirection from the usual suspects, only one point is pertinent here:

    According to Hager, Key signed up Crosby Textor one week after becoming leader and has had regular meetings ever since.

    If this is true (and tellingly it hasn’t been denied) then Key has just told a blatant lie in this interview.

    And despite the screaming Hooten downplay attempts, sorry, but making up the Tampa story and asking the question “Would knowing that candidate X favours abortion at the ninth month of pregnancy change your opinion of her?” really, really, really is evil – and not remotely the same as any tactics employed by other PR firms.

    In light of the surreal current polls, it begs the question: given CT’s proven willingness to sink this low, how much of this sort of disgusting message-pushing has already occurred?

  61. Dean 61

    “I also expect any person who wishes to be Prime Minister to at least be able to speak properly without lapsing into um or ah or well you know what I mean.”

    I’d expect any person who wishes to be the PM to not be such a barefaced liar, as HC was regarding the child smacking law, but then you self confessed lefties want to forget about that one don’t you?

  62. Dean 62

    “How does it feel to know you’re falling hook-line-&-sinker for the image being fed to you by a bunch of proven deceit artists? You’re not even SLIGHTLY suspicious?”

    That’s fair enough.

    But what about that glorious photoshop of HC on all the billboards at the last election? Doesn’t it bother you?

    I’d guess not, since you’re willing to overlook the same thing from people you agree with.

  63. Lew 63

    Dean: “I’d expect any person who wishes to be the PM to not be such a barefaced liar”

    So you won’t be voting for National (or ACT, since they’ll be forming a coalition with National), then? Given the audio clip at the head of this thread, I mean.

    Ruling out liars in politics means ruling out voting. I take the view that knowing one’s politicians allows one to vote for them in spite of their many and various failings. Key doesn’t give me that opportunity, by hiding his political self behind a facade created from whole cloth to do nothing but appeal to me.

    L

  64. Stephen 64

    You’ve got to be kidding Dean – what are we falling for when we see a photoshopped picture of Helen Clark? Presumably we’re meant to think “well she looks um, okay”, and then we move on. As this thread is asserting, the issue with Key is something else *entirely*.

  65. “Sadly, I have to report that kiwiblogblog is dead.”

    Hahaha good one jaffapety

  66. T-rex 66

    Dean – Generally I think “wow, advertising really is a crock of sh*t, that looks almost nothing like her”.

    Bright side for me is the fact that good looks aren’t a major pre-requisite for a prime minister I respect.

    Good point Lew. No one with an ounce of sense would judge Key based on the image presented since involvement with National. All that’s left is his history prior to National.

    At least with Clark we have a clear idea of her motivations and values (through 9 years of observation).

    I wouldn’t mind with Key so much if it was just lack of opportunity to display his true colours – it’s the fact that he’s actively concealing them that pisses me off.

  67. Illuminating. The Nats are now all about winning at all costs…..just like the US Republicans. Bugger genuine democracy and informed debate and voters knowing why they are supporting whomever they choose to support.

    It takes a principle-free party hack to argue that a “swift boat” slur campaign free of any real policy is right, proper and good practice.

  68. Andrew Bannister 68

    He is a family man. IMO having children qualifies him more to speak on family issues than someone who does not

    Mike, that is very simplistic – by that logic, you would go to Chris Kahui for parenting advice over a paediatrician who doesn’t have kids.

    By the way, Helen Clark also comes from a family, so she does have first-hand experience of family issues.

  69. lprent 69

    Lew:

    Lynn, you sound like an ACT member!

    Nope – I sound like I should be a ACT member.

    But I have a slightly longer viewpoint and an abiding interest in history. I also have a keen awareness about factors outside of family that helped my progress. Doing night shift in factories, working as a farm labourer, and being an underage barman help as well. Then of course the army makes you very aware of the consequences of political failure.

    Having a big family mean that you see all of the places people wind up and why.

    In the end you get a keen awareness of society running as a whole, with less of the self-satisfaction of the self-made person. Stops you being an ACT member.

  70. Lew 70

    The jokes, they write themselves!

    Key on Midday Report just now: “I do condone [push-polling]. Oh, no, no, I do not condone it!” (or words to this effect).

    Poor bastard.

    L

  71. Mark 71

    I just think Key is a hell of a lot more likable than Clark and clearly a large number of the public thinks this as well. Clark can really grate on you with her sour personality and arrogance. Shallow but true (un)fortunately …

  72. T-rex 72

    Mark – from public image I’m inclined to agree with you, at least as far as “associate” level likeability.

    However, I’ve already got friends. I’m looking for someone I can trust to honestly represent my country. No brainer.

  73. Lew 73

    Mark: At least you’re honest about it.

    L

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    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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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. ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 days 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. ...
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    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
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
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