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Glory restored: Sir Miles Warren in front of the historic homestead at Ohinetahi which, while looking slightly different, is back to its former glory. Photo: Chris Tobin

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SIR Miles Warren describes his magnificent Ohinetahi homestead at Governors Bay as a strange building but after serious earthquake damage it has now been fully restored. “It was three storeys with a stone block in the middle,” he said of the building, which dates back to the 1860s. But that changed after the September 4, 2010 earthquake when one of four gables at the top collapsed onto timber wings. “This would have been restorable but the whole northern wall on the stone block cracked and moved 100mm,” Sir Miles said. “The main beam in the drawing room rested precariously on the stone. There was rubble and dust.” After the quake, Andrew McGregor of building contractors C. Lund & Son contacted Sir Miles and asked if he needed any help. He did.

“Eventually the Christchurch City Council gave approval for the demolition of the top floor and we brought the building down to the sill level of the first floor and took off 160 tonnes of stone. “We then proceeded to strengthen all the walls with reinforced concrete and then rebuild a new first floor. “If we had not gone on with it, by the time of the February 22 earthquake the whole lot would have come down. The June 13 quake knocked another wall down. “We kept ahead of it once we got the first floor off and started again. The sad thing is I’d hoped to hang onto one corner up to full height. However, the home is now completely strengthened and rebuilt.” The spectacular garden did not go unscathed either. Sir Miles said stone walls fell down

“left right and centre”. “That was quite costly but the plants are fine. It has been a great year for growth.” The restoration work was completed a year after the September 4, 2010 earthquake. “We raised a flag on the roof in September and moved back into the building in November.” Sir Miles said it was fortunate that he had the knowledge to speed up the rebuild process. “Being an architect I knew the processes of getting approval and dealing with engineers and contractors.” Oninetahi was first developed in 1865 by T.H. Potts, New Zealand’s first botanist, and the gardens are well-known to gardening enthusiasts around the country. Tours to the gardens will be held during the Ellerslie International Flower Show in early March.


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Wall work: A contractor dismantles part of the retaining wall in Sumner Road, Lyttelton.

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Repair starts on retaining walls THE four-stage rebuilding of earthquake-damaged retaining walls in Lyttelton started in mid-January with work on the Sumner Road walls. Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) has been asked to rebuild walls that are on, or that support, public land. Assessments showed that around 150 Wrecking ball: Lyttelton youngsters Heath Carswell, 8, Lewis Carswell, 5, needed repair, ranging from slight to severe damages. and Noah Lewis, 9, watch as the tallest grain silo at the old malt works in Heathcote is brought down. The 40-year-old malt works structures, including The first stage of the work, undertaken by Fulton Hogan, the huge concrete grain silo, have been a distinctive landmark in Heathcote, is the 100-metre stretch between the former police station though the four-hectare site had lain idle for more than a decade. It was and the intersection with St Davids Street and Sumner purchased in October 2010 by developers Property Lifestyle Concepts, Road. Priority was given to this stretch of retaining wall who plan to build a lifestyle village for over-55s on the site. They have three as it supports St Davids St and other right of ways. similar villages elsewhere in Canterbury. Developer Jedd Pearce said they The steep topography in Lyttelton makes rebuilding secured a demolition permit for the malt works tower from Cera a few weeks ago. The demolition work is due for completion within the next few days. particularly challenging. Contributing to the challenges Photo: Samantha Early is the age of many of the walls, which do not meet modern design standards, and the need to maintain services to private properties throughout construction. Each retaining wall is unique, with many being decorative only. The design solution for walls may • Barks, Composts & Aggregates • Peastraw differ, depending on the level of • DRY SCRE ENED SOIL • Pavers & Schist products • Marble & Stone sculptures damage, ground conditions, and • Decorative Stones & Landscaping Rocks

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THE idea for a co-operative in Lyttelton was kicked off with a public event on Tuesday, January 24. Hosted by Project Lyttelton, Cooperatives Talk: Building an Understanding of Cooperatives for a More Resilient Future featured speakers Ramsey Margolis of the New Zealand Co-operatives Association and Brian Rick from Project Lyttelton. The aim was to help build a better understanding of the nature, opportunities, distinctions, and potential of co-operatives, especially with the momentum building to start a local co-op in the harbour basin. Mr Margolis shared the reasons why certain co-op models offer an attractive economic opportunity for communities seeking to become more self-reliant and resilient. One of the most relevant characteristics of community co-ops is that they help to keep and grow wealth and resources within communities by providing employment,

affordable high-quality services, and building social and ecological awareness and greater connections. The idea of a local co-op came from similar lines of thought. It is currently being formed with a dedicated steering committee meeting weekly. Initially, the aim is to purchase Lyttel Piko from the Piko Trust and for it to be owned by the community. In the long run, the co-op’s activities could include local food production, renewable energy, improved transport options, and more. Some 30 people attended the talk and the two presentations stirred up a lot of interest and vibrant discussions. The initiative coincided with the UN International Year of Co-operatives, an acknowledgement by the international community that co-ops offer an alternative economic model that can be both financially viable and socially responsible.

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DECONSTRUCTION of the severely earthquake-damaged Cholmondeley property in Governors Bay started last week, but not all the materials were headed for the dump; some materials and items will be salvaged. “We wanted to preserve many of the more iconic items, so that they could be incorporated into the design of the new house or replicated elsewhere on the property,� general manager Shane Murdoch said. They included the original front entrance, which later became the home’s reception room, wood panelling, and a memorial plaque to Margaret Cholmondeley, wife of Hugh Heber Cholmondeley, who gifted the land and funding to build the home in memory of her. “There is a huge amount of heart rimu, which can be recycled. One of the ideas for this is to build new banquet-style tables for the new dining room,� Mr Murdoch said. Architect Perry Royal, who designed the new marae at Rapaki, will design the new Cholmondeley home. “It is crucial to have the children involved in this and let them have their say in the design. From our point of view, they’re the most important people in this whole process. This will be balanced with the perspective of

the staff who will work within the home. The home needs to be safe and child-friendly, fit for purpose, functional, and practical.� Creating an environment that captures a child’s imagination and excitement was another aspect that needed to be taken into account in the design, Mr Murdoch said. “We want a way to alleviate the natural anxiety of the children when they arrive, by providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere. “Accessibility to short-term and emergency respite care service for Canterbury children will remain a priority for Cholmondeley in the new building,� he said. Since Cholmondeley was closed due to earthquake damage, the children have been accommodated at the nearby Living Springs, where they enjoyed adventure-based learning activities. “We have been very fortunate to have Living Springs available to us. It’s been mutually beneficial. And now that we’ve seen the resources at Living Springs, we’re keen to build adventure-based learning resources on the Cholmondeley site.� Mr Murdoch said the rebuild of Cholmondeley was a “one-off opportunity to get it right for the foreseeable future

Salvaged: Displaying a sign that was saved from demolition are, from left, general manager Shane Murdoch, Adventure-Based Learning co-ordinator Eamonn Ford, Care Services manager Edwina Poynton, Shane Stewart, and former staff member Sam Sword, who is developing a photo record of the deconstruction and rebuild of Cholmondeley.

and set new standards for child-centred environments�. “It’s not just the bricks and mortar of the home itself. It’s important to look at the whole site,� he said. The construction is to be overseen by a committee from Cholmondeley’s board, chaired by John Garside, a board member, and the building is expected to be ready for the children to move into by the end of this year. If the public wishes to financially contribute to the rebuilding of Cholmondeley, they should get in touch with Sarah Barrer (fundraising manager) on 027 544 9977.

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SPECULATION that the Diamond Harbour ferry service would be cut back this month has been quashed by Environment Canterbury (ECan). Bay Harbour News recently became aware that rumours of potential cuts to the number of ferry runs due to low passenger numbers were circulating in the Diamond Harbour community. However, ECan acting manager of passenger services David Stenhouse said there was no intention to cut the service back and it would continue on its current timetable for the foreseeable future. Black Cat Cruises managing director Paul Bingham said he had been unaware of any talk about cutbacks. He said such matters are for ECan to decide, but he suspected that if there had been any truth to the rumours, he would have been the first to know. Ferry numbers were lower than before the earthquakes started, but that was true for the entire public transport network, he said. “We’re well down on pre-September 2010 numbers when people were commuting to work in the central city and we had Godley House.â€? He had hoped that the temporary bus interchange in Lichfield Street, which opened in October, would help boost ferry passenger numbers by making it easier for people to get to work, but he wasn’t yet sure how much of a difference it had made. “We will be working with ECan to try and build the numbers back up to the pre-quake levels,â€? he said. “There’s a new cafĂŠ and coffee shop starting up over there and whatever gives visitors a reason to jump on the ferry, it’s always a Business as usual: There are no plans to cut back on the Diamond good thing.â€? Harbour ferry service. Photo: Tom Doudney

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MORE of Lyttelton’s public facilities and commercial buildings could yet be closed as more detailed engineering evaluations (DEE) are completed over the coming months. The Lyttelton Recreation Centre was closed in December when a DEE revealed that the older section of the building did not meet Christchurch City Council’s standard of being earthquake strengthened to at least 35 per cent of the building code. Initial inspections after major shakes had previously allowed it to remain open. Lyttelton-Mt Herbert Community Board chairperson Paula Smith said that the council is now working through a “huge list” of DEEs to be completed on its own facilities and the community should be prepared for the possibility of more closures. “When the DEEs are done on some of the other community facilities, we might be looking at some other community facilities pending repairs and that’s probably true of some commercial buildings as well. We’ll hope for the best, but it’s a possibility.” The closure of community facilities due

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Dear sir, Surely in a very historically significant town like Lyttelton, a fine old building like the prominent and sturdy looking police station should be preserved as a reminder of how the settlement had much to do with the development of the Canterbury region as a vast working and living area. Several other beautiful old buildings in Lyttelton have recently been demolished and the need to retain a few should be obvious. Having withstood the ravages of recent earthquakes with very little external damage showing, it is likely that the building could continue to remain in such a state without risk of collapse for some considerable time. Even if it could only be viewed from the footpath on the opposite side of the roadway, it is likely that the existence of such a beautiful looking old structure would be appreciated more as time goes on. With many other empty sites in Lyttelton, it may not be necessary to rebuild where the existing station is situated. Expensive interior repairs would not be needed if the 1880 structure was retained without full restoration. Needless to say, I do not sit comfortably with the proposal to flatten this gem of an old building. B.F. Walklin, Phillipstown (I am a descendant of some old Lyttelton families. My grandfather was a long-serving volunteer fireman in Lyttelton and deputy Fire Chief. He was killed in a wharf accident in 1926 – T. F. Walkin. My mother’s family – Sinclairs – were prominent boatbuilders and sailors, etc.)

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to quake damage, particularly the recreation centre and the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, had already taken its toll on the community, she said. Without access to the recreation centre or the council’s Lyttelton service centre, the board had been forced to schedule its next meeting at Living Springs, an arrangement that was far from ideal. Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board chairperson Bob Todd said he preferred not to speculate at this stage on the possibility of further closure of public facilities in his ward, but he was in the process of trying to ascertain information from council on the subject. Ms Smith said the council was now having regular earthquake meetings where there would be monthly updates on work on council facilities and that it would be possible to track the progress of certain buildings through that. The meetings are intended to address various earthquake issues and if people have concerns about these issues, they could schedule a deputation at the meeting by contacting the council secretary.

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INVESTOR Alasdair Cassels believes that even before the quakes, the eastern side of Christchurch was deprived of retail outlets, a situation he plans to remedy. Mr Cassels, his son Zak, and sonin-law Joe Shanks, who all live in the BUSKING for their lunch and bay harbour area, are the co-owners entertaining passers-by in Ferry of the old Woolston tannery building Road on a hot January day were on the corner of Cumnor Terrace and the Garden City Trio. Pianist Garlands Road. The building currently Nanako Sato, bass player Seta houses a brewery, bar, and café. Timo, and veteran saxophonist They recently obtained resource Stu Buchanan played up a consent to develop a fashion and artstorm in the midday sun. The focused retail complex on the 20,000 impromptu concert drew an square-metre site, an idea which had appreciative audience and been in the pipeline for the last five created a cheerful interlude in years, Mr Cassels said. earthquake-damaged Woolston. “It will have fashion design, home The piano is one of three that wares, businesses like that; anything Redevelopment: Alasdair Cassels, left, and Zak Cassels in the doorway of their have been installed in Sydenham, soon-to-be-developed Gastronomy restaurant and wine bar. that involves creative thought.” While High Street was previously one of the city’s main fashion retail areas and He and Zak said they were committed the arts centre a focal point for art lovers, the to retaining the heritage character of the quakes have “shuffled the deck of cards,” he Victorian-age brick buildings. All the bricks Picture Framing said. would be removed, the structures strengthened  Standard to full conservaon There would be 27 to 30 shops available in with steel and timber framing, and the bricks  Expert framing of all types of the new complex, and to date, 10 people had then tied to the frames. art, needlework, cerficates, committed to taking space, he said. They believed the development would be maps, medals etc A restaurant and wine bar, to be called beneficial not just to Woolston but also to the the Gastronomy, is also part of the site’s Heathcote River. redevelopment. A theatre, which will be used “It will create interest in this part of the river, for fashion shows, live gigs, and plays, will which has been neglected. We see the river also be included. as quite an important aspect of the Woolston 1063 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead Mr Cassels likened the redevelopment of the area,” Mr Cassels said. Ph/Fax 384-3484 Woolston industrial site to Canary Wharf in Work on the development is expected to start Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5.30pm London, The Rocks in Sydney, and the wharf by late February or early March, with some Sat 10am-2pm area in Melbourne. businesses likely to be open by June or July.

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Heathcote artist Paul Deans profiles the local baristas. I FIRST met Justin Good and Megan Geels when they were setting up their coffee-roasting business. They confessed they had stumbled upon Heathcote Valley by accident. In their search for an affordable house, they found a little cottage in Flavel Street, moved in, and soon fell in love with the valley. Having learned his trade as a coffee roaster, Justin decided it was time to have a go at setting up his own business. They spied the old butcher’s shop, which had been empty for years, bought the machinery, and worked hard to get the business up and running (dangerously close to my sculpture studio in the old malt works buildings). Upshot Coffee opened on January 5, 2005. I watched with interest, while enjoying their wares, as they steadily gained a reputation for producing good coffee. They built up a loyal

clientèle and, inadvertently, became a hub for the residents of Heathcote. After much planning and some setbacks, on April 21, 2010 they opened Café Rhombus in the building next door. After February’s quake 10 months later, the other end of the building collapsed and they were forced to close. Undaunted, they carried on, outside in all weathers, in front of the old butchery, then set up on the deck of the café until they were evicted last October. Loyal customers from the Heathcote Riding School stepped in and offered them a corner by their car park on Bridle Path Road and so Justin and Megan have been working hard to have Upshot Coffee back in business by the beginning of this month. I see Justin and Megan as an Determination: Megan Geels and Justin Good inspiration and an example of haven’t let adversity stop them carrying on their dogged determination in adversity business. for whom giving up was never an option.

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Overgrown vegetation a fire risk A new year and new challenges Tony Dowell

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WITH the summer now in full swing, it is time to remind residents to ensure that vegetation around their properties is kept under control. It is important to keep trees cut back away from houses, particularly in the hill areas, and to also keep grass cut to a reasonable level. The mixed weather through the early summer has encouraged grass growth in many areas, which contributes to the fuel loading of the areas. There are numerous properties throughout the city that have been abandoned for residential purposes, but which still need to be maintained for this reason. If you have sections

near you that are becoming overgrown, please encourage the owners to tend to them to reduce the fire risk. If a direct approach is unsuccessful, a call to the city council could be warranted. Recent calls for the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade: December 20 – alarm activation; December 23 – investigate rockfall; December 23 – investigate building hazard; December 23 – chimney collapse; December 24 – bonfire; January 6 – bonfire; January 17 – house fire; January 21 – alarm activation; and January 22 – roof leak.

Celebrating a century of country shows THE 100th A&P show to be held on Banks Peninsula took place at Little River on January 21. The centennial show drew a larger crowd than usual, estimated at between four and five thousand people. Attractions included arts and crafts, canine agility and jumping, stock judging, dog trials, and wood chopping. The equestrian competitions proved to be as popular as ever, with horses and riders prominent in the grand parade. A celebratory dinner in the evening concluded the event. Photos: Gilbert Wealleans Seen among the farm animals and candy floss were…

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ON behalf of St John, I’d like to wish everyone a fantastic 2012. Hopefully, you managed to spend some time with your family and friends. People are going back to work, children are going back to school, and everyone is getting down to business. So the time is right to think of the year ahead. There are a few things we hope that people in the community keep top of mind this year. Last year showed how important it is to be prepared for emergencies, and not just earthquakes, especially in places like Sumner and settlements on Banks Peninsula. Floods, fires, power outages, severe storms, even a tornado or two: New Zealand has had busy weather and geology! We strongly encourage every home and business in New Zealand to make sure their emergency kits are up to date, including first aid supplies. If you or your family members require medications, make sure you have enough to last several days. We also think everyone should learn first aid. Maybe you learned first aid tips many years ago and need a refresher or maybe you’ve never learned these important skills. Make 2012 your year to become first aid fit and learn skills that you may one day have to use on family, friends, or even a complete stranger. These skills may even help you save someone’s life. Finally, look after your family. Whatever ‘family’ means to you, let’s all make our family a reason to celebrate, and the centre of caring. Take the time this year to look out for each other. I hope everyone has a great 2012 and that together, we can overcome the challenges ahead. Tony Dowell is district operations manager of Christchurch St John Ambulance.

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Lyttelton’s garage sales gaining momentum Wendy Everingham

Tranquillity: Ducks enjoying the serenity of the Charlesworth Reserve wetland.

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Celebrating World Wetlands Day Tanya Jenkins

TOMORROW is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies and various NGOs can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. We invite you for a walk to learn about Charlesworth Wetland Reserve. Christchurch City Council park ranger Andrew Crossland will discuss its bird and plant life and its ecological value. Bill Simpson, Ihutai trustee, will provide great stories on its social history. You may opt for the daytime walk from

10am to 11.30am and/or the evening walk from 7pm to 8pm. Much has happened since the earthquake in September 2010 and this is your chance to learn more about the effect of quakes on wetlands. Numbers are limited, so secure your place and find out where we will meet. Phone Victoria on 669 2077 and leave your name, number of people, contact number, or email Sorry, we cannot allow dogs. Children are welcome as long they are supervised. Tanya Jenkins is a member of the AvonHeathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust (Ihutai) Community Engagement Group.


LYTTELTON’S community garage sale is proving a huge success. When the garage doors open at 54a Oxford Street on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, a treasure trove is revealed to the world. Volunteers arrive, donated goodies are brought out and arranged, and customers visit, browse, chat, laugh, and shop. The garage sale runs from 2pm to 4pm on Thursdays and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. As a fundraising initiative, it donates all the money from the sales to support community groups in the Lyttelton Harbour region. On January 28, for example, the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre ran its first sale to raise money for its various publications. Any group from the Lyttelton Harbour region can book the garage, or sales area, to use for fundraising. The group is required to manage the site, provide volunteers, and open and close the site for the morning or afternoon, but will get to keep all the proceeds for their cause. Takings on a Saturday usually average between $200 and $500. Since the garage sales began last year, $8500 for nine different community initiatives has been raised. Groups that have run sales include

the Lyttelton Sea Scouts, the Community Garden, the Time bank, Lyttelton Community House, Volcano Radio, the eARThquake Art Therapy Initiative, The Lyttelton Petanque Club, and Lyttelton Main School camp. Donations of quality, second-hand items (sorry, no electrical or large items) are always gratefully accepted and can be dropped at the Portal any time. The Portal is located at 54a Oxford Street, up the driveway behind the swimming pool. Donations can be placed in the silver shed next to the steps. If you’re having a sort out, please help your community to help itself by donating to the Lyttelton garage sale. Pick-ups can be arranged on request. If you are a member of a community group or club and are interested in booking a sale for your group, contact the Project Lyttelton office on 328 9243. The garage sale volunteer team also needs more volunteers to help sort donations and run the sale on Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. If you could do a shift occasionally or take a regular slot and are keen to be involved, please contact us. Wendy Everingham is the treasurer, Project Lyttelton

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HAPPY New Year to everyone from the members of the Lyttelton Lions Club. We all hope this year will be a kinder and less shaky one. January is the month when Lions have a rest and think about the year ahead. However, we did manage to front up at Living Springs on Friday, January 20, where Camp Quality was holding a camp for children with cancer. We set tables, served breakfast and cleaned up afterwards. This is an annual event for us and we get a lot of satisfaction from it. The kids are amazing and inspiring. Our club has been given some food vouchers

so if you know of a family who could benefit from one please contact our president, Arnold, on 960 9747. We still have funds available to help in other ways too so please let us know how we can help in the Lyttelton community. We are holding a barbecue for our members next month when we will be planning fundraising events for 2012. So far we are looking at a trivia night and a beer tasting. Lions are fun and if you would like more information on joining a club please ring Arnold and he will be happy to talk to you. Take care.

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House of Travel Ferrymead 1005 Ferry Road, Ferrymead Village 376 4022 | CONDITIONS APPLY. * Sales until 29 Feb 2012 or until sold out. Fares are cruise only, per person, share twin/double and subject to currency ďŹ&#x201A;uctuations. Price above based on departure with Seabourn Sojourn, 31st March. All saving amounts are included in the fares shown. Signature savings on Select sailings. Cruise only, for new bookings only, per guest, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Some suite categories may not be available. Fares are not combinable with any other offer, may vary by sailing date, are capacity controlled, and are subject to change without notice. Government fees and taxes are included. Complimentary upgrades are up to two categories on select voyages in ocean-view, balcony & veranda categories only and are subject to availability at time of booking. Upgrade will be reďŹ&#x201A;ected in fare paid for selected suite category. Shipboard credit offer of $1,000 per suite ($500/ person) on select voyages available in PH, CS, OW, SS, WG and GR suite categories only. Complimentary pre or post-cruise hotel stay available on select voyages, include transportation to or from ship to hotel of Seabournâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choosing, valid only for guests one and two and is subject to availability at time of booking. Combination cruise savings of up to 15% apply when combining consecutive cruises on the same ship and are subject to availability. Certain restrictions apply. Call House of Travel Ferrymead for more details. Information herein is accurate at time of printing. Seabourn reserves the right to correct errors. 002539

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