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Fundraising for Connie By Sam Duff Connie the dog knows when she is working because her owner Ailsa Lipscombe puts a small blue vest onto the Labrador retriever. Ailsa, 22, was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome at the age of 14 and now relies on Connie to live a normal life. Crossing the road and manoeuvring steps and crowds are just a few of the ways Connie helps Ailsa. Connie came to live with Ailsa in her Island Bay home in March after being trained by Assistance Dogs New Zealand in Te Awamutu. “Since getting Connie it’s the first time I have been able to go into town by myself to meet friends for coffee,” Ailsa says. “I am much more confident leaving the house.” Continued on page 2


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Assistance Dogs New Zealand is a charity so Ailsa must now pay $20,000 for Connie, she has raised $7,000 from friends and family so far. “I had people empty their bank accounts for me,” she says. “That in itself is amazing because it shows their support.” Ailsa, a master’s student LIFE LONG FRIENDS: Ailsa Lipscombe at the New Zealand School of Music, says she has and Connie the Labrador retriever.

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Extra charge for Kilbirnie businesses proposed By Sam Duff A proposal for a levy on Kilbirnie commercial property owners is being met with resistance by some in the suburb. Head of the Kilbirnie Business Network Bruce Welsh says a business improvement district would mean local commercial property owners would pay an annual levy. He says the money would be collected by the council and given to the Kilbirnie Business Network to use on things such as the Kilbirnie Fair and the marketing of the area. Russell Bell from software company Fastbase, which is based in Kilbirnie, says he is opposed to the idea. “Although they can be voluntary they tend to be compulsory,” Russell says. He says that the charge could start out small but would most likely increase in time. Bruce says it is still early days for the idea and a meeting this week will begin the discussion.

UNDECIDED: Head of the Kilbirnie Business Network Bruce Welsh says he is undecided on a commercial property levy. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


inbriefnews Regional economic agency proposed Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council are proposing to set up a new economic development agency for the Wellington region. The new agency, known as Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), would combine the existing economic development, tourism, venues and major event activities carried out by both councils. Starting July 8, the two councils are seeking the public’s views on the proposal. To have your say visit wreda or email to

Enrolments open at sports centre “I still have concerns for the affordability of it for business,” he says. If there is support for the idea at the meeting then there will be further consultation by the council and a vote of local

commercial property owners. Miramar and Marsden Village are the only other areas in Wellington which have a business improvement district. The charge in Miramar is around $300 a year for an aver-

age business, Bruce says. The Kilbirnie Business Network will hold a meeting for business owners on Wednesday July 16 at 5.30 pm in the Poneke Clubrooms in Kilbirnie to discuss the idea.

Painting the town with murals BRIGHT COLOURS: Wellington City Council arts programmes advisor Katie Taylor-Duke in front of a Carrara Park mural painted by Newtown School students in 2013. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff Pink, blue, green and yellow are just a few of the bright colours that will be used to bring life to several of the areas more drab zones. Paint Up 2014 will see the council work with the Eastern Southern Youth Trust to bring several tagged areas back to life with bright murals. Wellington City Council arts programmes advisor Katie Taylor-Duke says in 2013 the programme was a pilot and two murals were painted by New-

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By Katherine Barraclough Op Shop oddities, painted in bright colours, will greet the bus commuters of Newtown Pop artist Xoe Hall, 28, says she was inspired to revamp a Rintoul Street bus stop that is around the corner from where she lives. “It was pretty boring looking with graffiti all over it,” she says. Xoe, who has been beautifying Wellington with her bright and playful murals since 2009, took a photo of the bus stop which she emailed to the council along with her plan. The council agreed to let her go ahead with the project.

STAR SPARKLE: Willa and Vita Goodwin from Houghton Bay Playcentre get into the spirit of Matariki.

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“I really like to paint big,” says Xoe. Newtown’s bus stop boutique is the second of its kind in Wellington after the first on Aro Street in Aro Valley. She says she could not recall the reason she gave the bus stops a boutique theme. The project took four days to complete after she had to take a break due to bad weather. “There was nice weather most of the time,” Xoe says. “Overall the experience was awesome, everyone was super friendly.” Xoe says she has no plans to paint any more colourful bus stops at this stage. She is currently illustrating a children’s book.

IN THE STARS: Local play centre students celebrate Matariki on June 28.

Youngsters celebrate Matariki Local play centres had a terrific time celebrating Matariki recently. On June 28 about 75 people, including 45 children, got together at the Island Bay Playcentre over an early morning bonfire with toasted marshmallows, sausages in bread, and damper. Several families from the Newtown and

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Monday July 14, 2014 HERITAGE RESCUE: Wellington SPCA CEO Iain Torrance with one of their newest little guests, Piccolo.

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Landscaping has begun for the Tangata Whenua Gardens at the National War Memorial. The gardens will celebrate the special relationship between Maori and Pakeha and will include plantings, paved areas and rock features. The pohutukawa trees that were ceremonially planted from 1935 onwards will remain an important aspect of the gardens and park. The gardens have been planned with inputs from Wellington’s Tenths Trust.

SPCA building named top dog Animal charity SPCA’s newly restored heritage premises at the old Fever Hospital in Newtown has won a national property award. The building won the accolade in the heritage and adaptive reuses category at the 2014 Property Industry Awards. Wellington SPCA CEO Iain Torrance says the national recognition is the icing on the cake for the charity's building project. “It was a great opportunity for us to reuse and restore an abandoned, earthquake-prone historic building into an animal care, education and community centre.

“The existing design of the old hospital for infectious diseases was exciting to rework with. “It drove innovation as it made us use the facilities already in place and make them work in the best way possible, while keeping its heritage intact.” Iain says many people did not think the Fever Hospital could be saved, let alone developed into a fantastic home for the animals with such a limited budget. “But our project team had a shared vision and determination to see it through for the Wellington community and its animals.” The new building, Torrance says, is a great community connection. “It's located on the southern


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you wake up, take a few minutes for an inventory of the way your body feels—specifically the minor aches and pains that may distract you from the focus of your life. Perform a few light stretches. Take just a few minutes to get your blood going, think about your breathing, and prepare yourself for your day.  Perform your morning beauty routine. Shower, wash your face and use a moisturiser, and use deodorant,

not antiperspirant – this is all key to having a beautiful day.  Have breakfast. Whether this includes eating 100% whole grains or eggs on toast, make sure you have breakfast. Don’t ever think about fast food at breakfast time, as most breakfast fast food goes agaisnt every good nutritional guideline.  Sneak in a mini-workout. Whether you’re getting to work or getting your kids to school, we know

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Going bald for charity By Emily Elliott Kilbirnie locals can treat themselves to discounted hair treatments, a candy bar, and the pleasure of seeing local woman Kelly Antipas and her son Olly shave their heads on Thursday, knowing that it’s all for the benefit of the Child Cancer Foundation. HeadStart Hair Design was sparked to do something for a charity when hairdresser Kelly Antipas came across the Everyday Hero website. She says the idea is to pick a day in July and go all out to raise money for a charity of choice. “We’ve picked July 17, and it’s an all-day thing. Our boss, Kelley Braddock, will donate 100 per cent of treatments done in salon on that day, and we’ll have a candy bar where people can fill up a bag for a donation,” Kelly says. “There will be cupcakes for sale, and we’ll have a raffle with a prize worth over

$1000.” Residents can also choose to sponsor Kelly and Olly in their head shave. “I’m not nervous to have my head shaved. It’s a great cause, and I’m lucky that mine will grow back,” she says. “My nephew’s cousin died at age 16 from Leukemia, and I’ve had a number of people I know pass away from cancer.” Kelly says the day is to give people a fun push to donate to the not-for-profit organisation. “I love the way the foundation takes care of the child and the family. It’s not all about finding a cure, but support too,” she says. The salon’s fundraising goal is $4000, and Kelly says they hope to smash it. Kelly and Olly will have their heads shaved if they meet the $3000 mark. “Olly is looking forward to it,” Kelly says. Locals can pop in on the day to be part of the fun, and to help raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

FIGHTING BACK: The Wash House co-owner Helen He says her business is back up and running after a fire last month.

Laundry back after fire By Sam Duff A local Kilbirnie Laundromat is back in action after a fire caused by greasy tea towels last month. The Wash House on Coutts Street has reopened after fire destroyed all but one of the businesses industrial washing machines. The fire was caused by the spontaneous combustion of greasy tea towels last month, co-owner Helen He says. “I thought that it wasn’t really possible because we never really thought

of spontaneous combustion,” she says. “Apparently it’s common for people dealing with greasy tea towels.” Helen says the fire was something she had never expected to happen. “We definitely have had lots of support from people around us.” Family and friends pitched in to get the Wash House back up and running, Helen says. She says they were very lucky because the insurance claim was processed quickly allowing them to re-open.

BRAVE SHAVERS: Olly Antipas (5) and Kelly Antipas are shaving their heads for the Child Cancer Foundation while Ludo Anderson (5) is helping to fundraise. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott

Buses ditch analogue The region’s buses are making the transformation to digital radio technology. NZ Bus Chief Executive Zane Fulljames says the upgrade from analogue to digital radios in Wellington’s bus fleet will make them safer. “The digital system is highly advanced, with superior geographical reach, GPS and a range of automated capabilities.” Drivers now have access to two emergency buttons, which when

activated with a live microphone allows them to seek urgent help. The buses are connected to a central radio control room, where NZ Bus staff can give advice and guidance. Valley Flyer buses also have the new technology. The transition in the Go Wellington fleet is on track to be completed this month. NZ Bus is the only public transporter in New Zealand to be equipped with the new technology.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Last week a Canterbury University researcher said a four-day work week was a thought-provoking idea worthy of debate.

Question: Cook Strait News decided to take to the streets of Kilbirnie to find out what locals think.

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I already have a four-day week once in a month or so. I like the extra time it gives me to spend with my family.

It seems like a good idea. But what about all those people who depend on working those extra hours to make ends meet?

With the current economic climate, it would not be good. People wanting to work extra hours to earn money will not be able to.

I would not welcome it. I live by myself and will find it hard to make a living in expensive Wellington if I worked just four days a week.

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What does it all mean? Dear Ed, Daily we hear or see the expression of drawing a line in the sand. What does it mean? By virtue of the texture of sand it cannot mean anything else than making a mark, setting a standard

or drawing a line that can easily be altered or eradicated as it will disappear with the next tide anyway. Why do we use this expression if we want to indicate the opposite? Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Support for bridge Dear Ed, I drive down Wellington Road every day and worry about the safety of the children passing through on their way to school. A bridge for the students of Kilbirnie School (in Hataitai) seems like a perfectly sensible

idea to me. The last thing we want is a little flattened child by one of those big buses. Come on NZTA, do it for the children! Janine Reynolds, Hataitai

Night shelter battles through winter FRONT LINE: Kathy Walton from the Wellington Night Shelter with manager Mike Leon and former client turned staff member Don O’Neill. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

By Sam Duff The Wellington Night Shelter posts a deficit every year and will struggle to stay open during the next few years, according to manager Mike Leon. The shelter has no government funding and struggles to survive financially, Mike says. “We need more money right across the board from lower cost housing to funding services such as ourselves,” he says. “We’re seeing more than our average of new entrants for this time of year.” Mike says this year the services of the Night Shelter seem to be in particular demand. “This year seems pretty bad,” he says. “This particular time of the year there’re things such as flus and pneumonia

going around.” Mike, who has worked at the Night Shelter for 19 years, says the definition of homelessness is broader than just those living rough. Homelessness includes those in temporary accommodation, shared accommodation and uninhabitable housing he says. Former client Don O’Neill now works at the Night Shelter after initially staying there 16 years ago when he was on the run from the police. “I came back to Wellington a couple of years ago because I wanted to change my life,” he says. Mike and the team at the shelter helped Don to turn his life around, he says. Don is the co-ordinator of the Soup Hub as well as working at the shelter.

Wellington Night Shelter has released their intake information for May. Manager Mike Leon says the shelter usually sees about 20 new homeless clients a month but in May this increased to 28. So what does that group look like? • 12 had been homeless for ten days or less while • 6 had been homeless for more than one year. • 13 identified as New Zealand European, 11 Maori and 3 Pacific Islanders. • 7 had no income at all while the rest relied on a form of government support. • 5 suffer from some form of mental illness.


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Holidays at Capital E kick start


The Carnival of Capital E kicked off last week as the school holidays began, beginning a two week long celebration of Capital E. The building has recently undergone a revamp, and the grand unveil entertained children and their families on Sunday, July 6. Throughout the holidays, Capital E is offering one-off workshops and activities, such as experimenting with movement, shapes and patterns to create their own wind-driven sculpture, or embarking on a dancing adventure and creating funky dance moves and trying partnered tricks. The new digital studios feature 3D printing, and the TV studios let children script, act in, film, and edit their own movies

using E-themed props. Director of Capital E, Stuart Grant, says they are happy to be launching into a new programme of activity in the new space. “We want young people in Wellington to help us shape our E Central space and future programme, so it is not only designed for them, but actually created by them.” Over the holidays families can drop in to Leave Your Mark on the new larger-than-life mural, or take to the craft table to design what Capital E means to them. At the end of the holidays, the top 20 designs will be printed onto Capital E chairs for everyone to admire in the years to come. REVEALED: The new look Capital E is unveiled last weekend.

ALL SMILES: Local children enjoy playing at the new look Capital E.

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The Wellington Fire Support Unit is calling for volunteers to build on its response capability. Volunteers with day jobs make up 80 percent of the fire service’s workforce. Those who live in the Eastern Suburbs are being targeted so the service can respond quickly. People who can get things done, engage with others and can give about two hours a week are ideal. Email for more information.

The Interislander ship Aratere has been cleared to return to service. KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says the priority for his company has been ensuring the ship is performing safely ahead of this week’s planned return to passenger services. Reidy says the Aratere was put through an intense audit schedule last week. The ship took a test run across the Cook Strait last week, and additional staff training will be completed before the ship carries passengers. “Our team has done a great job in preparing Aratere to return to service since she arrived back in Wellington last week.”

All Saints’ Church in Hataitai had a good showing last week for a service where the public were asked to bring their oldest bibles. Reverend Simon Winn wanted to find the oldest or most interesting bible in Hataitai and Kilbirnie. More than 100 people attended the service from throughout Wellington, Reverend Winn says. “It was inspiring to hear the stories and celebrate the faith represented by the variety of bibles people brought,” he says. The oldest bible brought to the service dated back to the 1740s.



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Low back pain - is it just about core strength?

The above scan shows a person who experienced low back pain for over ten years. The two bottom discs are narrowed, dehydrated and causing a reaction at the bones adjacent to the disc.

A common assumption among health professionals managing low back pain is that you need to improve your core strength and your low back pain will disappear. Let’s take a look at what we know about low back pain and where core strength may fit into this paradigm. Firstly we know the disc is the most common source of pain. The disc is a structure designed to absorb pressure and a healthy disc is mostly composed of water. Unfortunately once the disc becomes injured it loses water and loses the ability to absorb pressure. Generally the more damaged a disc the less it is able to absorb pressure. As health practitioners we know that many people develop pain with increasing disc pressure such as when sitting, bending over, heavy

lifting, twisting, coughing and sneezing. Therefore the amount of low back pain depends on the structural integrity of the disc as well as the pressure applied to the disc. Low back pain is often experienced secondary to electrical signals generated in the disc/vertebral body region and transmitted through the central nervous system to the brain. People vary in terms of how they process electrical signals in the brain. People with migraine produce more electricity in the brain due to having slight differences in electrical channels. These differences increase electrical impulses in the brain hence people with migraine are more sensitive to pain, light, touch and smell. Another factor that influences the amount

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of electricity produced in the brain is stress chemicals such as adrenaline. When released in the brain these open electrical channels producing more electricity. Pain, stress and poor sleep increase stress chemicals in the brain. Therefore the intensity of pain experienced within the brain depends on a persons’ pain sensitivity, which is driven mostly by the presence of migraine and stress chemicals. Putting the above together, the intensity of pain experienced from the low back

depends on the extent of disc damage, the pressure placed on the disc as well as factors that increase a persons’ pain sensitivity - namely migraine and stress chemicals. The fact is I see more thin people than obese people with low back pain at work and core strength is only one of five factors determining the experience of low back pain. Improving core strength by performing exercises that do not cause pain, will prevent recurrences once the other factors have been addressed.

Dr Giresh Kanji is a Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist working in Wellington. He is the chairman of the NZ Pain Foundation formed in 2013. The foundation is currently funding studies on self treatments for low back pain, neck pain, migraine and depression.

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Marinated and pan-fried pork fillets. The secret to really tasty ones is dipping them back in the marinade after frying them. It’s a favourite family recipe.

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People who ask questions they could have found the answers to themselves.

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I have traditionalist tastes with music. A lot of what is on at the moment. But I really like Emeli Sandé.

Fiji for relaxation and India for exploring.

Who would you invite to dinner? Nigella Lawson, Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain, although not together.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? My sister and I once took the day off to taste 20 date scones in Wellington. We drove around the city, bought scones, packed and numbered each of them separately, cut them into halves, photographed them and ate them all! The best one was Floyd’s in Island Bay.

SISTER ACT: Sister Sue Cosgrove stands with a portrait of Home of Compassion founder Suzanne Aubert. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff LIVING ON: The grave of Suzanne Aubert, who is in the process of potentially becoming a saint.

The making of a saint By Sam Duff Founder of the Home of Compassion in Island Bay Suzanne Aubert is in the process of being thoroughly vetted by the Catholic Church to see if she can become a saint. Suzanne, who died in 1926, set-up a home for orphans in Jerusalem on the Whanganui River before purchasing land in Wellington and starting the Home of Compassion. Sister Sue Cosgrove says Suzanne is on the verge of becoming venerable, an important step in the process of canonisation. “I am quietly hopeful it will be within my lifetime,” she says.

She says historians in Rome unanimously accepted historical evidence of her life and good works and recommended that it be passed on to a theological commission for consideration. A recommendation will then be made to the Pope who will decide if Suzanne can be given the title of venerable. Following the approval of any miracle, Suzanne will then be declared blessed. If this is successful, the next step is canonisation, for which proof will be needed that a further miracle has occurred since beatification. “It would be great for us but it would be great for New Zea-

land,” Sister Sue says. The Home of Compassion is now run by the Sisters of Compassion who also work with the Soup Kitchen in Wellington Central. The home in Island Bay was once a hospital and now offers accommodation to small groups, and visitors to Wellington. They also provide respite for caregivers and spiritual retreats. “People are welcome to come and spend time here anytime they like,” Sister Sue says. She says the public are welcome to visit the Home of Compassion’s Visitor Centre and Heritage Centre to learn more about what the sisters do.

SAD CATS: Students from Miramar Central School exhibited their art to parents at the school last week.

Art for art’s sake Proud parents graced the halls of Miramar Central School last week as they had the opportunity to see their children’s works of art. The school held an exhibition to show off pieces of art produced by students. Principal John Taylor-Smith says the event gives students a chance to show art they have made in class. The school employs a specialist art teacher who works in each class twice a term. Year six pupil Lauren McGregor from room one says she enjoyed the exhibition and the art is amazing. The students made everything from small clay figures to large paintings.

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TALENTED NERBALLERS: Clyde Quay School year eight students May Robertson, Emily Minchen and Min Er Teh tested their netball skills against their teachers last week. PHOTO: Ian Robertson.

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Marking out future Silver Ferns Budding netballers at Clyde Quay School have challenged their teachers on their newly marked-out courts. The school were the recipients of an ANZ Netball grant which was spent on re-marking the sport’s courts. Parent Pauline Ching applied for the grant on behalf of Clyde Quay and says is a real boost for the netballmad school. “The old lines had almost completely disappeared, which made it hard for the kids to play,” she says. “The new lines make it so much

easier for the kids to see where they need to be.” Pauline says the crowd really enjoyed watching the 7-all draw between the teachers and year eight students. “The whole school watched and it was pretty competitive.” “I think we will need to make it a regular tradition again.” ANZ branch manager Diana Young says she is thrilled Clyde Quay was able to update their court.


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OPERA: Opera La traviata opened in Wellington last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Darren Williams, Adelaide cast of La traviata

Glamour and intrigue The winner of two gold pass matinee performance tickets to La traviata at the St James theatre was Melody Aranyi from Miramar. We would like to give a special mention to Olive Mulcahy whose

birthday was last week and Tilda Bostwick who wanted to take her daughter to the show. Glamour, the expectations of society, true love and honor are among the themes explored in Verdi’s La traviata.

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Poneke knocked off table By Sam Duff Poneke have been knocked off the top of the Hardham Cup table by Porirua’s Northern United. Norths beat Poneke 28 – 21 at Porirua Park on Saturday July 5, with both sides getting 3 try’s each. The premier sides coach Shane McClure says he was disappointed by the loss. He says a stand out player for the local side was fullback Tauasosi Tuimavave who scored 12 points. “We were really pleased with our second half performance,” Mr McClure says. “Our goal kicking let us down a bit,”he says. Poneke has had 17 new players

this season alone, McClure says. Poneke’s Nathan Iro and Greg Foe created several chances with ball in hand. Norths dominated during forward movements providing their backline with several opportunities to challenge Poneke’s defence. Norths welcomed back two of its IRB 20 players, Samoa's Aukuso Tuitama and New Zealand's Jackson Garden-Bachop. Tuitama and Garden-Bachop scored 18 points between them. Norths shot to a 13-nil lead and maintained it fulltime. Poneke and Norths are both expected to contest the final of the Hardham Cup following round five’s recent match up.

STAND TALL: Poneke players make a play with the ball in their loss against Northern United.

Loss for Wellington basketball team By Sam Duff

FACE OFF: Two teams take part in the North Island Wheelchair Basketball. PHOTO: Catriona McBean

Wellington missed out on a trophy at the North Island Wheelchair Basketball Champs last week.

Catriona McBean from Parafed Wellington says the competition was a success despite the host teams placing. Wellington lost to Canterbury 28 - 36 in the semi-final.

Auckland was the winner of the trophy on the day beating Canterbury 55 - 29 in the final. Catriona says she is looking forward to next year’s event.








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