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As the 365th day of 2014 flicked into the early hours of 2015, for many locals throughout the eastern and southern suburbs it was a time to reflect on the year gone by. In 2014 exactly 50 editions of the Cook Strait News were published, 300 locals were asked their opinion for ‘word on the street’, one reporter left another reporter started, and countless stories were printed about successes, tragedies and everything in between. In this issue we take a look back at what made the headlines in the past twelve months. January The year kicked off with youngsters from throughout the region nervously awaiting their NCEA results. Two Seatoun girls, Carolyn Macaulay and Waverly Saindon, showed us what community spirit is all about

as they spent their holidays fundraising for the Wellington Children’s Hospital. Wellingtonians got a taste of Greece when the Greek food fair came to town, nóstima!

ebrated its 19th year. Strathmore resident and musician Terry Shore dusted off his guitar as he released his second album, Poly Rhythm Two.

February Island Bay locals launched into February with a good old fashioned party as the suburb held their 30th annual Island Bay Festival. Meanwhile, nearby the future of the historic Island Bay seawall was up for discussion as the council made plans for consulting the public. Wellington Zoo showed what great neighbours they are as they flung open their doors and invited 1000 locals for a barbeque.

April Smoke blanketed Wellington in early April as about 100 fire fighters battled to put out a fire at the Kiwi Self Storage Facility near Wellington Airport. The controversy surrounding the proposed Basin Reserve flyover motorway continued as group Save the Basin claimed car noise would ruin cricket matches. Excitement raged in the capital and union jacks were waved as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their royal visit.

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inbriefnews Wellingtonian appointed as cardinal Wellington Catholic Archbishop John Dew has been named as one of 20 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis. Archbishop Dew will be the first voting cardinal New Zealand has had in decades. He says he is honoured to receive this new task in his priestly vocation and in representing the people of New Zealand. “This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family.”

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A year of highs and lows July The month of July was a very sober one for Mount Victoria resident Evan Bayly who took on the challenge of not drinking for Dry July. It was all smiles in the Cook Strait News office as the newspaper picked up several awards at the New Zealand Community Newspaper Awards. Newtown and Berhampore were given a wee sparkle when local artist Xoe Hall spruced-up a bus shelter with bright colours. August After 25 years at Lyall Bay School, principal Dennis Thompson waved goodbye to the school he loved. Holy Cross School in Miramar learnt they would receive brand new bikes and bike tracks through Wellington City Council’s Bikes in Schools programme. Big Brother was watching a group of South Welling-

ton Intermediate School students that donned cameras for a research project. It was time to reflect as Wellingtonians marked 100 years since New Zealand’s entry into World War One. September Big frocks and outlandish get-ups took to the catwalk as the annual World of Wearable Arts show was held in Wellington. Newtown four year old Edison Robinson impressed readers with her community spirit. The little-one paints pictures which are auctioned off to raise funds for orphaned children in Thailand and Burma. Hataitai author Jill Trevelyan’s love of art led to her book winning the top prize at the New Zealand Post Book Awards. As another general election was held throughout the country in the Rongotai Electorate Annette King was once again elected the local MP.

October Wellington City Council announced it would cost about $500,000 to fix the Evans Bay wind needle that had been hit by lightning earlier in the year. Rongotai resident Jacinta Krefft, who has spent years organising volunteers for the Boys and Girls Institute Challenge for Change programme, was presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Wellington High School band HeadChef rocked their way to victory at the annual New Zealand Smokefree Rockquest. November An uproar about the closing of playgrounds in Berhampore and Seatoun rattled Wellington City Council. Debate surrounded whether the council should have allowed a Miramar property developer to cut into an historic local brick wall. Former top cop Ted Lines,

from Island Bay, won the individual award at the Annual New Zealand Plant Conser vation Network Awards for his work on the Oku Reserve. December Island Bay resident Andrew Little became a household name overnight after being elected the new Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. T h e r e wa s a nge r i n Strathmore Park as the doors were closed on a popular local op shop. Wellington City Council caused upset in Kilbirnie as the crèche at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre was closed – just before Christmas.  What was your highlight of 2014? Which local hot topic hit a nerve? What are you looking forward to in 2015? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

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inbriefnews Hundreds of books gifted The Altrusa Club of Wellington, a local businesswomen’s network, collected 304 books to donate to the children of women staying at the women’s refuge during the holiday season. Books were collected at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie before Christmas. Patricia O’Donnell says the club’s thanks go to all those people in the community who purchased books and placed them under the tree. “These books will bring happiness to children in a sad situation,” she says.

Marshall Courts nearly finished Work on Wellington City Council’s new $8.7 million Marshall Court Apartments in Miramar is almost complete. The new four story social housing complex, on Tahi Street, is replacing the old housing block which was demolished in October 2013. Tenants will occupy the building from January 20 and the council says all tenants will be moved-in by the end of February. The complex, designed to cater for people on low incomes who have limited mobility, will provide 27 one-bedroom apartments. Features will include easy-access showers, wider doorways suitable for people using walking aids and cupboards and power points positioned so they are easily accessible. There will also be a tenant’s community room and communal outdoor space with allotment gardens, seats, washing lines and a barbeque area. Marshall Court Apartments is part of the $400 million upgrade of social housing – funded by the Council and the Government over 20 years.

Top gongs - New Year’s Honours list 2015 The Cook Strait News takes a look at which locals were given a nod from her majesty in the New Year’s honours list. ONZM Robyn Jane Baker, Mount Victoria, for services to education.

Fleur Una Maude Beale, Island Bay, for services to literature. Bryan Ewart Johnson, Oriental Bay, for services to business and philanthropy. QSO Judge Anthony David Ford, Brooklyn, for services to

Tonga and the judiciary. Brian Edward Hayes, Oriental Bay, for services to the land tenure system. QSM Reverend Tom Et uat a , Mount Cook, for services to the pacific community. Paddianne Wallace Neely,

Hataitai, for services as an archivist. NZAM Lewis Vernon Sanson, Seatoun, for services to Antarctic science and conservation.

Fleur joins the order By Sam Duff Fleur Beale says she was teaching at a secondary school in Hamilton when she became tired of trying to interest her students in reading. There was just not enough New Zealand literature that her students could relate to, says Fleur, speaking from her Island Bay home. More than 30 books later and Fleur Beale has made a name for herself in the teenage

fiction genre and was recently made an officer of the New Zealand order of merit in the New Year’s Honours list. “It’s a really great honour,” Fleur says. “You get a letter asking if you accept it. I looked at the crest on the envelope and thought I had been invited to a fancy book launch at Government House.” One of Fleur’s best known works is her psychological thriller, I am not Esther, which

was shortlisted for the senior fiction section at the 1999 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Fleur, who was born in Inglewood, says writing was just a hobby for a long time until 2000 when she decided to quit teaching full-time and move to Wellington. “Writing is a really lovely thing to be able to do,” she says. “You can immerse yourself in a world that you have created.”

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Asked which of her own stories is her favourite Fleur says she always says it is her first published novel, Slide the Corner. It was written after her late husband spent a few seasons rally driving and still has a special place in her heart because of the role he played in creating the book. “It’s often used for kids struggling to read,” she says. After moving to Wellington, Fleur says she lived in Houghton Bay before moving to Island Bay in 2007. “It’s a really nice community and I really enjoy being able to walk down to the supermarket, the library and the sea.” Though Fleur does not yet know when she will receive her QSM, she knows who she would like to attend the ceremony – her sister and two daughters, who both live in London. Fleur says she has no intention of giving up writing any time soon. “What is not to enjoy about writing?” she says. “Once a story starts to flow you get into the zone and time just vanishes.”  Who in our community deserves to be recognised with a Queen’s service medal? Email and let us know what you think.

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Decades of passion pays off for Lou By Sarah Wilson Seatoun resident Lou Sanson had his heart set on Antarctica from a very early age. Now, the former Antarctica New Zealand boss has been honored with the New Zealand Antarctic Medal for 2015. “I’ve always had a passion for the world’s wildest places, and Antarctica is the wildest of them all,” Lou says. The medal is part of the 2015 New Year’s honours list and recognizes an outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental pro-

tection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region. Antarctica has been in the blood for Lou from an early age. He says he grew up hearing about the adventures of Scott and Shackleton from his father, who also visited the icy continent. For Lou, the medal is a reflection of the strong team he built at Antarctica NZ. “We built Antarctica’s biggest wind farm with Meridian energy, which virtually took Scott base to 100% renewables for energy,” he says. “We also had a real focus on safety and in the last year we came close

to zero harm in a programme of 400 people.” Lou says the work he is most proud of is on the international front and in environmental leadership. “Personally, one of the most satisfying things was working with 29 other countries in managing the largest protected and untouched area in the world.” Lou says this proves what is achievable in terms of science, peace and the environment. “The sense of international contribution and the role that New Zealand plays in that is extremely satisfying.” For anyone aspiring to a career in

Antarctica, Lou says it is important to be a jack-of-all-trades. “The wider experience you can get in natural resource management the better, and for an Antarctic programme you have to be able to fill a wide range of roles on an international stage.” Coming into 2015, Lou says he is very much focused on his new role as the Director-General of the Department of Conservation. “There hasn’t ever been a more exciting time to work in conservation in New Zealand. People genuinely want to help protect our natural landscapes, and I just think its fabulous being at the core of it.”

CHUFFED: Lou Sanson, from Seatoun, is very pleased with his medal for services to Antarctica.

Kilmarnock Heights Home fills void for English woman If you don’t have grandparents of your own, why not adopt some? Volunteering at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home has filled a void for 27 year-old English woman Jodi Barraclough-Coates, who says walking into the home is like walking into her grandparent’s house. Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, where Jodi was the marketing and communications coordinator for two years. When she left she knew she would miss the staff and residents, so she decided to volunteer. “My favourite part of working

at Presbyterian Support Central was going out to the rest homes and the Family Works centres. When I decided to leave I thought I wouldn’t get to see anyone at the homes anymore, but I realised I could volunteer and give something back.” Jodi says she chose Kilmarnock Heights Home because she spent a lot of time sourcing news stories and helping with the marketing there and she became fond of the homely environment. “It’s like walking into your grandparents’ home. I used to come for stories, but now I can just come in and spend more oneon-one time with the residents and

talk to them about what they want to talk about for a change.” Jodi leads a busy life working part time and is in the process of starting her own e-commerce business, yet she still finds time to volunteer. “It’s a nice change from work. I come fortnightly to visit the residents and they’re always accommodating to what I can do, if I can’t make it for whatever reason they understand. If anyone is looking for a new hobby this year I definitely recommend volunteering.” Jodi says she does different things each time she visits, from doing crafts to taking a few resi-

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Island Bay residents will continue to see the same view of the seawall that they have had for many years after a decision by Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee last month. Five options had been put forth to the public for consultation after the seawall was partially destroyed in the July 2013 storm. A temporary rock barrier was installed at the broken section of the wall to protect the nearby footpath and road, but now the Environment committee has chosen a permanent solution – to rebuild the wall. However, the committee has left the door open for possible changes at a later date, but not for several years. Southern ward Councillor Paul Eagle, who lives 50 metres from the seawall on the Esplanade, says the outcome is a victory for community engagement following the ‘horror’ process used for the cycleways which

left the community divided. “The key to the engagement was to ensure we didn’t get winners and losers like the cycleway,” he says. All up the council received 437 submissions on the seawall plan. He says the council will look towards a longer term solution for the wall which could one day see part of the Esplanade being closed and Shorland Park being connected to the beach. Connecting the park to the beach could cost between $10 million and $12 million, Councillor Eagle says. “There’s a reality check on the funding and timing for this too. “There’s no money in the budget for that option, and it’ll take time, at least to 2018, possibly 2025, to get anything sorted.”  Did Wellington City Council make the right or wrong decision on the Island Bay seawall? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

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Besides my parents, I was inspired by football coach John Swafford.

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From the Reporter’s desk Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.

As 2014 slowly came to an end and the New Year approached I, like many others, began to think about the highs and lows of the year gone by. Every year I dig out my little brown notebook and scribble down a list of goals for the year ahead. This year has been no different. It is always a nice opportunity to reflect and at the same time look forward to the coming year. I normally try to avoid the cliché goals – exercise more, read more, save more, eat less – and go for solid achievements

Newtown streets disgraceful – resident By Sam Duff Drains full of rubbish and overgrown weeds – a Newtown resident says Wellington City Council is falling short in its responsibility to undertake general maintenance. Evelyn Hopkins, who has lived on Wilson Street for about ten years, says she pounds the pavements of Newtown every day and the streets are getting worse and worse. “It’s just getting worse and worse as far as I’m concerned,” she says. “It’s never been this bad. It’s disgraceful. “I have just been on holiday to Europe and I have seen nothing like this.” One problem Evelyn says she has identified is council leaving weeds too long before spraying them with poison. They die and are not taken away, she says. “I have told them repeatedly,” Evelyn says. “It beggars belief that they have the audacity to tell me it’s clean. “I just don’t think it’s acceptable. It used to be a lot cleaner.” Evelyn says she is determined to do something about the problem. “We pay our rates so surely there’s a responsibility back from them as well.” Wellington City Council spokes-

person Richard MacLean says council are in regular contact with Evelyn. “She is very passionate about the state of Newtown,” Richard says. “We have had hundreds of complaints from her in recent years. “We agree that on some occasions her complaints are justified, but on others they could be seen by observers as being unreasonable.” Richard says the Council are

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that I can work towards. For the first time in a long time this list does not include graduating from anything or passing any tests or exams. This has raised a few questions for me. Do I just work now? Is this it until I retire? The answer for me is definitely no. So what do I do now? I plan trips, explore the world, eat great food, get married, enjoy the quiet moments, have fun and do not worry about the little things. So 2015 should be an interesting year…

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Question: What is your New Year’s resolution and why?

Liam Francis, Wainuiomata

Karyn Hall, Newtown

Parker Skagen, Lyall Bay

Richard Marshall, Newtown

David Kirikino, Evans Bay

Lyell Riordan, Newtown

“I want to quit smoking so I can study at the New Zealand Institute of Sport.”

“To read the book The Secret every day so I can have positive thoughts and send light around the world.”

“I don’t have one really because its just a ridiculous thing people made up. People don’t follow through with it and then they just feel bad about it.”

“Help clean up Newtown. I am on the Community Patrol and there’s been an upsurge in graffiti and it’s not very pleasant.”

“No such thing because you never do it. You say you will do it but you never do.”

“Probably to save more, just to pay for bills and things.”


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Saddened by op-shop closure Dear Ed, I am saddened more than shocked upon the closure of the Strathmore op shop. Over the years I have seen people dropping or donating goods and other stuff to the shop for they know that it is for a very good reason and a very good cause. A lot of local people and those from

out of Strathmore love to come to the shop as it caters to what they need for a reasonable price. The people behind the counter have always been kind and helpful. This is an organisation ‘that help people helping the community.’ It’s a shame really that this has come to an end with no logical

reason. I wish that the crowd responsible for the closure will make every effort to reopen the shop as soon as possible and make the community happy again. Dessa Masters, Miramar

From the Council chamber - Looking back at 2014 Sarah Free, Eastern Ward

After a year of seawalls, cycleways, playgrounds and rate hikes we decided to check-in with the Mayor and our five eastern and southern ward councillors on their highs and lows of 2014 and what they are looking forward to in 2015. Mayor Cel ia Wade Brown and southern ward councillors David Lee and Paul Eagle will feature in next week’s edition.

Highlight of 2014: There have been several, but in particular the advances in cycling infrastructure including the completion of the Tawa Valley Pathway and the South Coast Kids Track, the soon to be completed Leonie Gill Pathway in Kilbirnie, and better provision for cyclists included in the Victoria Street upgrade. Seeing our public housing complexes being upgraded and opened.

Planning for a new Johnsonville library. Lowlight of 2014: Frustrations around bus fares, and bus services. I would have liked GWRC to be trialling such things as reduced off-peak fares and half price youth rates immediately. However, I am pleased that they did not raise bus fares as they originally said they would. The Convention Centre debacle. I didn't vote for it, because the deal was so uncertain; however Wellington could benefit from better conference facilities, and I hope we find a good way forward.

Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Eastern Ward

Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh, Eastern Ward

Highlight of 2014: Participating in the Pike River memorial concert with Dave Dobbyn and the Orpheus Choir. Lowlight of 2014: The farcical consultation process for the proposed Island Bay cycleway. Looking forward to in 2015: For councillors and staff to work together to put Wellington back high on the list of the world’s most liveable cities.

Highlight of 2014 : Pleasing achievements from an economic perspective was the effort council put into supporting CBD retailers leading into Christmas and also the formation of two Business Improvement Districts (Miramar and Khandallah) that enable groups of business to work together more easily. Lowlight of 2014: I do not have any low points for 2014, although it would have been great to have started on the convention centre, however a site with perhaps even better potential

Looking forward to in 2015: Continuing to liaise with communities and businesses to deliver the infrastructure and services that people want, particularly in the community facilities space, which is my portfolio area. Working on measures to reduce waste and pollution on our beaches; the Houghton Valley leachate mitigation, more public drinking fountains, education of the public and industry to reduce plastic ending up on our beaches. Continuing to look for ways to develop and use our transport network more efficiently.

has been proposed. One major disappointment is that I still do not fit my wet suit. Looking forward to in 2015: For 2015 I would hope to see real progress on Council’s major economic initiatives such as the convention centre, film museum and airport extension and the jobs they will bring to the region. I will be working to help Wellington's small business owners and retailers grow their prosperity and to provide more job opportunities too. I am also looking forward to a decision on local government amalgamation, something that I expect to become a decision made by all those who live here.

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feeling to put my language skills and knowledge to use in helping people understand each other.” Interpreting is intensely rewarding – you’re the link, enabling others to communicate, even when they don’t speak the same language. This is not a job for the faint-hearted or the untrained. You need nerves of steel, and a very broad general knowledge to get the message across accurately. The interpreter often holds the health or wellbeing of the client in her hands.

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Christmas Grinch strikes Kilbirnie opshop By Sarah Wilson The SPCA opshop in Kilbirnie is proof there is no rest for the wicked after it was burgled during the holiday break. The shop was broken into on Saturday, December 20 and money from the donation box was stolen along with a pair of speakers. Shop manager Karyn Hall says it is sad that there are

people who would steal from an opshop, especially just before Christmas. “We don’t have much, but people know that we are kind and willing to help out those who need it,” she says. Karyn says the shop was not trashed and no clothes or jewellery were taken, so she feels lucky in that way. But, she says it is scary to know that someone can just smash the door and get in.

“Locking your door isn’t enough to keep you safe, and that’s frightening,” she says. The break-in was reported when a woman walking past the shop noticed broken glass from the back door. “That’s what you do when you see broken glass at a closed shop, you ring the police, and we are very grateful that this lady took the time to do just that.”


NOT IMPRESSED: Kilbirnie SPCA opshop manager Karyn Hall, right, and volunteer Niki Locker-Lampson are saddened by the Christmas break in. PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Wilson



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sons are fun for both parent and little one, the course also has an extremely serious added benefit. “Worryingly, research we commissioned this year revealed that 75% of parents are unaware drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children,” Kelly Williams explains. “In most cases it’s the shock of sudden submersion that causes children to panic. We passionately believe that by introducing babies to water as early as possible, they’ll be less likely to experience fear if they do fall in. Our research also showed that the average age children start swimming lessons is four, despite that fact they can start from birth. In fact, we’ve had pupils as young as just two days old.” “With progressive training, babies can be taught

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GOOD NEIGHBOURS: Melbourne Road in Island Bay is home to up and coming athletes Elise Forman, 15, Phoebe Edwards, 16, Ruby Leverington, 14, and Kelsey Forman, 16. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Looking back at what made sports news in 2014 From the cricket pitch to the swimming pool – 2014 proved to be another successful year for everything sports related throughout the eastern and southern suburbs.

Haven and Jackson The pair of up-and-coming young baseball players travelled to the United States with the New Zealand under 12s team. Jackson Taurarii, 12, from Miramar, and Haven Dixon, 12, from Kilbirnie, say they had a great time playing their beloved game during the trip. The boys travelled to Honolulu, New York, Washington and Maryland for the Cal Ripken World Series baseball classic. TOP PLAYERS: Young baseball up and comers Haven Dixon and Jackson Taurarii travelled to the United States with the New Zealand under 12s team. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Sam Bacon SEA SOARING: Seatoun sailor Sam Bacon took on strong competition at the World Sailing Championships in Argentina. PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia Forrester

The Seatoun 13 year old jetted-off to Argentina in October to take part in the Optimist World Sailing Championships Sam, a year nine Scots College pupil, qualified for the New Zealand optimist sailing team after placing second at the Auckland nationals in August. He says he found the sailing conditions difficult due to a lack of wind but gained invaluable experience and had a great time.

RIDING HIGH: Sam Wilkinson, 14, and George Jackson, 14, were selected for the New Zealand under-17 cycling development squad. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Sam and George The Commonwealth Games and Olympics are in sight for two local cyclists who were selected for the under-17 New Zealand development squad in October. Sam Wilkinson, 14, from Scots College and George Jackson, 14, from Rongotai College joining the 13 member team means this is the first time Wellington has had two cyclists on the squad.

Melbourne Road The Island Bay Street is home to a number of up and coming young athletes, from cross country to rowing. Phoebe Edwards, 16, Ruby Leverington, 14, Kelsey Forman, 16, and Elise Forman, 15, live in adjoining houses and all are topping their respective sports. Phoebe excels at track and field, Ruby and Kelsey are doing incredibly well at cross country, while Elise is giving athletics a go.

CELEBRATION: The Scots College 1st XV are all smiles after taking out the national secondary schools title in September.

Scots College 1st XV It was an historic occasion for the Scots College 1st XV in September when they came out on top of the national secondary schools competition. A 26 all draw against Hamilton Boys’ High in Rotorua gave the title to Scots College, the underdogs of the competition. Scots are the first Wellington side to win the national top four.

The Divas TEAM EFFORT: The Houghton Valley School under-12 Divas were chuffed with winning their competition in September. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

A Houghton Valley School netball team defied the odds and went from losing most of their games to winning their entire competition. Parent Claire Wood says that last season the girls were hammered but thanks to their coach and some good-old fashioned hard work they fought back.




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