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Children from Arakura Kindergarten donned their onesies to support Wellington Free Ambulance. The Wainuiomata-based children managed to raise $65 as part of Onesie Day this year. Head teacher Debbie Henderson said a lot of fundraisers done throughout the year for the kindergarten however it was nice to do something for the community. Onesie Day is designed to celebrate Wellington Free Ambulance being the only emergency ambulance service in Greater Wellington and Wairarapa and the only service in the country that’s free. Continued on page 2. Arush Prasad and Michael Kea modelling their onesies last Thursday. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
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A Wainuiomata resident is appalled at the amount of rubbish that is being dumped around the area of Hine Rd. Ailsa Rawhiti said that she hadn’t seen the area as bad as it had been recently. Household rubbish, bags containing dog poo was among the rubbish that Ailsa had seen dumped in the area, including by and in Wainuiomata River. Plastic bags hanging in the branches of trees were also a problem. Ailsa said she goes for a walk quite a bit and that the amount of rubbish had become particularly bad recently. “You do get some rubbish sometimes but not like this. It’s upsetting to see this when it’s so easy to put it in the bin,” Ailsa said.
“We’re supposed to have the cleanest rivers but it’s far from it. It’s not acceptable. I’m disgusted by it.” Rubbish in Wainuiomata is collected on Fridays and there is a landfill for Hutt City residents in Silverstream. According to Hutt City Council website, households in Lower Hutt produce on average enough waste to fill 230 black rubbish bags every year. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace said there are from time to time episodes of illegal dumping. “People who do this is letting our community down badly. Council will do everything it can to identify the culprit responsible by going through the rubbish,” Wallace said. “If proof is found, the person will face a $400 fine. As a
community, if residents see suspicious activity like this they should report it to council and try and get a car registration number. We take polluting our environment very seriously.” One thing Ailsa could not understand was why people were dumping rubbish around the area when there are rubbish bins in the area. “I’m just so angry about it. It’s more the domestic rubbish; I just don’t know why people are dumping it there.” Ailsa said she’s often asked why there is so much rubbish by her grandson when they go for walks near Richard Prowse Park. “There’s nothing you can really say. It’s not acceptable and I’m disgusted by it.” The Wainuiomata News was also alerted to the amount of
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Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel ready to go Hutt City Council’s call for qualified and capable people to represent the disability community on city issues has attracted some valuable talent. The seven Lower Hutt people, recently chosen to serve on Hutt City Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel, bring with them an impressive depth and breadth of experience of disability and community work. Members are Stewart Sexton,
Genevieve MacLaughlin, Paul Gruschow, Alexa Masina, Jenna Maguren, Jim Shiels and Lois Ledingham. The panel will advise councillors on issues that directly affect the disability community, such as the accessibility and usability of council services and facilities, access to public transport and outdoor spaces and how to make getting around the city easier for those with a disability.
The panel will be central to implementing and meeting the objectives of council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan 2017-2027. Council divisional manager strategy and planning Wendy Moore said given that an estimated 24,400 Lower Hutt residents have a disability, the panel provides an especially relevant and important perspective on designing and implementing services,
facilities and infrastructure. The group’s collective experience covers a range of impairments including visual, motor function and mobility, intellectual and developmental. Some members have worked on several community and disability groups and one panel member provided accessibility advice to council on the design of the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub.
Community patrollers love what they do By Dan Whitfield
Paul K nox a nd Tracey Mansfield are two faithful and dedicated members of the Wainuiomata Community Patrol who love what they do. The duo have been part of the community patrol for a number of years and admit what keeps them going is being part of a group of people who want to help their community. Wainuiomata Community Patrol currently has 14 active members who volunteer and help keep Wainuiomata safe throughout the year. That said additional members are always needed. A fundraising event has been organised for this weekend at Expressions Hair and Beauty, and both Paul and Tracey are confident they can raise enough money to cover operational costs as well as drum up a few more volunteers. Tracey said it was about keeping Wainuiomata safe
however they also needed support from the community to continue doing what they do. “All our members have a passion for Wainuiomata,” Tracey said. Community Patrol members spend hundreds of hours monitoring the streets and patrolling areas of Lower Hutt’s largest suburb. They also assist the police with community issues and would be heavily involved in the event of a civil emergency. On average, the community patrol drives about 14,000 kilometres a year. For Tracey, a satisfying part of the job is working closely with the New Zealand Police to catch d r in k drivers and get them off the road. Everything the patrol does only happens through support from the community it supports – as well as community grants. “It’s rewarding because the community respect us.”
inbrief news Maori Language Week begins Maori Language Week started on Monday, September 11 and runs until Sunday, September 17. It has been celebrated since 1975 and this year moved to September from mid-year to increase the chance of good weather and to renew the link with Maori Language Day. Maori Language Day has been marked on September 14 since the famous Maori language petition was delivered on that day in 1972. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission) promotes the week but most celebrations happen without our direct involvement as people increasingly take up the cause of revitalising te reo Maori.
Meet the candidates Another meet the candidates event will be held on Tuesday, September 19 from 7pm, at The Fitzroy Tavern. There have already been several similar events including one at the Wainuiomata Business Breakfast last month.
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Tracey Mansfield and Paul Knox are encouraging people to come along to a Wainuiomata Community Patrol annual fundraiser being held this weekend at Expressions Hair and Beauty. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
The Wainuiomata Community Patrol fundraiser is on this Sunday, September 17 from 10am to 2pm. There will be a sausage sizzle and raff le, as well as $5 haircuts and eyebrow shaping.
If people would like to know more about joining the community patrol, contact Community Patrols of New Zealand national office administrator Lisa McGuire on 04 817 0228. Otherwise, see Paul or Tracey this Saturday.
Wainuiomata has three finalists in the national Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence set to be held on September. Sonia Keepa is a finalist in the DHL Volunteer of the Year category, Matt Sutton is a finalist in the TSB Bank Coach of the Year category and John Minogue is a finalist in the DHL Instructor of the Year category. The awards will celebrate Surf Life Saving members’ successes over the 2016/17 patrol season. Lifeguards carried out 612 rescues around the country and assisted another 1184 swimmers back to safety. There were zero drownings between the flags.
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inbrief news Rimutaka Hill Road construction restrictions The NZ Transport Agency is advising that there will be restrictions on overdimension vehicles and some truck configurations on the Rimutaka Hill Road, State Highway 2, while two significant construction projects are underway. The first project is the construction of a reinforced concrete half bridge and the installation of a new safety barrier on a curve located on the Featherston side of the hill, approximately 3.5km north of the summit. The second project will widen one of the narrowest corners on the road, by removing rock and soil from the hillside and repositioning a new guardrail. Loads wider than 2.8 metres and ‘quad/ quad truck and semi-trailer’ units will not be able to get through the work sites due to constraints associated with the construction works. Trials on the road have shown that neither of these units will be able to travel over the Rimutaka Hill Road from Sunday September 10 until Labour Weekend.
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Greater Wellington figures show it sure has rained a lot lately Have you got the feeling the rain never stopped this winter? Well, you’re right and Greater Wellington Regional Council has released the figures to prove it. According to council data, rainfall totals across the Greater Wellington region have been breaking records in many areas between January and August this year. Nigel Corry, Greater Wellington’s general manager environment management group, said during winter, June was relatively dry but July and August sure made up for it. The regional council monitors rainfall at over 50 sites across the region. Information collected is vital for flood-warning, water management
during drought, and detecting long-term trends in climate. Lower Hutt received twice its monthly rainfall in the month of July. “During a storm in the middle of July our flood protection team was nervously watching river levels rise in the Wairarapa and Wainuiomata River. Thankfully the rain eased off before the rivers burst their banks but we had our regional emergency management teams on stand-by ready for the worst,” Nigel said. According to NIWA’s seasonal forecast, the same weather patterns that have brought the Wellington region all this wet weather will most likely be sticking around until November.
Labour delivers seniors policy with bite Labour says it is proud to support a better quality of life for seniors in Wainuiomata. Few, however, would have expected Labour MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard’s teeth to make a guest appearance. Over 70 people attended a community event in Wainuiomata last week hosted by Ginny Andersen, Labour candidate for Hutt South and attended by Hon. Annette King, Labour MP for Rongotai and Spokesperson for State Services. The event was opened and closed with a blessing from Francis McGregor. ‘I’ve had a vision that Labour will win the election,’ Francis said. The group of mostly elderly people listened keenly to Labour’s policies for improved mental health services and subsidised dental care. “Annette has done a fantastic job leading the debate on health and social services in this
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‘During the debate Trevor’s dental plate shot out of his mouth and landed on my shoulder. He whipped it up and popped it back in while he was still talking.’
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Wainuiomata Spring Flower Show 2017 By Dan Taylor
Despite local gardens taking a battering from the weather over the last few weeks, the annual Wainuiomata Spring Flower Show took place on Sunday. Organisers of the show said they were surprised with the number of entries, and thought turnout would be much lower because of recent weather. Many of the winner’s names were well known to judges, but there were many up-and-coming youngsters in the trophy haul too. The show was held on September 10 at the Wainuiomata Primary School hall.
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inbrief news Children and Maori Language Week Several Wainuiomata kindergartens have special activities planned next week to celebrate Maori Language Week. Parkway Kindergarten will be learning Kapa Haka, making fry bread and teaching children how to weave. Pencarrow Kindergarten will visit the library for a story telling session, learn about their pepeha, and also learn Kapa Haka.
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Barry Renshaw, Wainuiomata “The community spirit and friendship.”
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Litter causes distress Dear editor, There’s always a certain amount of litter in the streets and parks of Wainuiomata. However recently, after a few particularly stormy days, I was shocked to see a large amount of plastic debris strewn along the banks of Black Creek and amongst the shrubs along the river itself. I’m presuming most of it washed down through the valley via storm water drains
Anti-euthanasia stance Dear editor, As one of the majority who submitted to the select committee against euthanasia, I challenge Jacinda to read some of the submissions and talk to some of us. I cannot vote for someone who not only will be voting something I find abhorrent, but is prepared to fly in the face of true democracy. The select committee took submissions and to test the waters and the majority were against. In light of that, should she not be pushing for a referendum on the subject where the
true majority will have their say? I am prepared to debate this issue any time anywhere. In my submission, I warned of the dangers of the state having control of life and death of our citizens in this way. Does not Jacinda understand that they are giving rights of euthanasia to children in at least one country? Imagine how many young cancer patients would take that option even though the chance of beating the cancer is realistic. David Smith Wainuiomata
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during the bad weather. It’s a difficult area to access, regarding a clean-up and although a lot has since been swept into the river, the remaining rubbish remains of real concern - aesthetically and environmentally. I think public awareness really needs to be raised in this instance. I think many local people would be very concerned if they were made aware of the amount of household rubbish which
ends up in our waterways - it’s not just a farming issue. Neither is it just a matter of a single clean-up. It’s a long term, ongoing issue - more a matter of how much plastic we use, how we dispose of it how it ends up in the environment, and the long term effect. The problem will only worsen as the population in Wainuiomata increases. It’s very sad and a real eyesore. A concerned local resident
On-line petition nothing but a ploy Dear editor, Today I received an email from Winston Peters asking me to fill in an online petition calling for the abolishment of Section 70. This is the Act whereby the NZ Government confiscate overseas retirement savings/pensions stating that ordinary New Zealanders would be disadvantaged if those affected were allowed both NS Super and their overseas self-funded pensions. On the New Zealand First website Mr Peters states they will: Abolish Section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964 ensuring all NZS applicants will retain their overseas pensions without any deduction from their NZS or from their spouse’s NZS; and End the labyrinth of bureaucratic complexities and unfairness caused by existing reciprocal pension agreements with other countries. Overseas pensions
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1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
Andy Parkins Act Party Candidate for Hutt South List number: 17
Education is the foundation for everyone’s future, and is one of ACTs biggest priorities. One of the reasons for overcrowding in schools is that funding is tied to a ‘Zone’. ACT will remove zoning on current schools and tie funding to roll size. Overcrowding identifies a school that people want to be at, and since we all agree our kids should go to schools that have an environment in which they are best suited, a school must have the funding to accommodate them. ACT is currently providing further choice, through the introduction of partnership schools, proven here and around the world. ACT has introduced 10 successful partnership schools so far with more on the 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
We would need to shift emergency temporary classrooms (prefabs) onto schools to lower the immediate pressures and then do a complete mapping of need. Now that the “leaky building” crisis is coming to an end we need to keep that property money in the system to build more teaching spaces to lower over-crowding. Alok Gupta NZ First Candidate for Hutt South List number: 52
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New Zealand First has an economic policy that will improve the lives of ordinary Kiwis and put New Zealand on a pathway to prosperity. New Zealand First will:
way, which have shown significant gains in achievement, particularly for Maori and Pacifica. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?
Supporting small business is one of ACTs core values, government must encourage them to thrive. Small business owners shouldn’t be expected to spend 5-10 hours a week filling out government paperwork, and then have more than third of the profit earnt during productive time taken too. A party vote for ACT and allow all businesses to grow on their own merits, keeping more of what they earn by ensuring National does not get to choose winners with corporate welfare, and always putting the pressure on excessive and outdated bureaucracy. All ACT policies have Introduce a lower (20 per cent) business tax rate for exporters; have a capital guarantee scheme for small to medium enterprises; provide accelerated depreciation for plant and equipment; ensure the regional fund could contribute to local projects and developments upon advice from local authorities, interest groups and iwi; and provide assistance in the marketing of new or innovative products. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?
NZ First intends to solve this problem in Hutt South electorate by, establishing a new state agency to acquire land where special housing areas have been designated under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013, for sus-
With the General Election on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Wainuiomata News will introduce the candidates running for Hutt South. We will ask them all the same four questions.
gains to be had for small business. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?
That’s a big question to answer with a word limit! Briefly, housing is a supply issue, and the crown does not own enough residential land to meet National’s housing target, let alone Labours promise of three times that. ACT will scrap the RMA and allow owners of land to build. ACT will also give half the GST collected on construction to local council, which will both significantly decrease the wait time for consents, and pay for the infrastructure requirements of the new home ACT will price roads correctly, and will reduce fuel excise tax. In combination, public transport at tainable residential development. New Zealand First will: Provide government assistance for first home buyers; sell residential sections under long term agreements for sale and purchase (up to 25 years) to first home buyers, on a cost recovery basis; interest at 2 per cent p.a. for at least 5 years, then rising to lowest market rates; encourage smaller and more affordable houses on smaller sections; encourage private investment in upgrading rental housing through the taxation system; ensure that New Zealand’s housing stock is restricted to New Zealanders. For transport issues, New Zealand First seeks to encourage the greatest possible use of public transport, especially at peak times. Public transport vehicles and services will also be prioritised in favour of comfortable vehicles
peak times is far more attractive with significant savings, while those that public transport just isn’t an option will be no worse off than they are now. It is a system used successfully right around the world. 4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?
ACTs two main focuses are education and housing, and are equally important, but I will say ACT’s Housing policy. Currently, the bottom 20 per cent of income earners are spending over half of their income on housing. Only in an environment where kids are fed and live in a warm stable home instead of moving every six months can they get value from an education system, whatever form it takes. National and Labour focus on the symptoms, ACT focuses on fixing the problems. and high-frequency services at peak times. Personally, I also fully endorse the concept of getting the Cross Valley Link road built joining Whites Line east to Wakefield Street onto the SH2. This will not only immensely reduce the traffic burden on the Petone Esplanade but also on the Melling intersection, which being a single lane has grown out of proportion and is getting worse each passing day. 4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?
I will try to get all stakeholders involved in the process needed to get Wainuiomata shopping mall up and running to its full glory and potential as early as possible. I think it is critically important for the economy of the suburb.
‘Darkroom photography is alive and well’ By Julia Czerwonatis
Photographer Fred Wotton called it “dinosaur technology”, yet blackand-white photographs taken with analogue cameras can have a nostalgic, sometimes even magic appeal. A group of Wellingtonians have now dedicated an entire exhibition towards black-and-white photography and display their art from midSeptember at the Odlin Gallery. Monochrome 2017 is open to the public from September 13-24 at the Hutt Art Gallery, 9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt; 10am-4pm daily; admission is free. Wellingtonian Fred Wotton has been a member of the Monochrome Film Group for over 12 years. His speciality is capturing panoramic scenes with his 35 millimetre Leica rangefinder camera, which he has been using for the
past 56 years. “We are a very varied group from Wellington and the wider region,” Fred explained. “We’re all focussing on different themes with our photography. Brian Smith for instance mostly takes woods and forestry photos, and Mike Martin takes photos of, what I like to call, industrial machinery,” Fred explained. The Monochrome Film Group was formed some 17 years ago when a competition judge suggested that the Waikanae Camera Club (now the Kapiti Coast Photographic Society) should look at preserving traditional film photography. “The aim of the group is to encourage the art and science of black and white photography. We meet monthly, usually in Raumati South, and meetings run to a formal agenda of technical and artistic topics,” Fred said.
Technical discussion covers cameras, darkroom equipment, developing and printing techniques, and print mounting and preservation. Members bring technical problems to meetings and invariably receive advice on how they might be resolved. Constructive critiquing of negatives and prints - from both technical and aesthetic perspectives is a regular feature, and members are encouraged to expose their work to the group’s supportive scrutiny. “Darkroom photography is alive and well, and the club promotes it through exhibitions and presentations to local camera clubs,” Fred added Monochrome 2017 will be the group's third exhibition, the first of which set attendance records for the Odlin Gallery. Seven members will each present about eight images.
Bijin Bayashi – the photo was taken in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan in 2016. Photo: Brian Smith
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Wednesday September 13, 2017
Chess players ready to win By Dan Whitfield
Two Pukeatua School students are taking their chess skills to Hamilton for the Chess Power Champions Trophy competition. Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna took part in the Wellington Regionals Chess Power Tournament and were outstanding in their age groups – taking out top spots. The duo both placed first and said that they were proud with their results. They are excited about their next opportunity to play. The Champions Trophy competition is an annual event aimed to find the best individual junior chess player in New
Zealand. It set to be held on October 28 at Hillcrest High School in Hamilton. As part of the competition, Angus and Kahukura will get a chance to play seniors as well as their players their own age. Angus, 12, has been playing chess for around five years and was introduced to the activity at his old school. Kahukura, 11, has been playing for three years and thanks his mum for introducing him to checkers and then chess. They said that their best victories came from a four-move check-mate. “Once you know the moves, you know the tactics,” Kahukura said. “The only people I lost against were from high school,” Angus said.
Shane Richardson after a recent weekend of racing. PHOTO: Supplied By Dan Whitfield
Shane Richardson is still chasing the dream of a podium finish. The Wainuiomata rider competed in the MotoAmerica Championship of New Jersey over the weekend, finishing in 11th place after race two. Despite a disappointing weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway recently, Shane remains in the top ten, currently sitting in sixth place. He races a Kawasaki zx6 for the Palmetto Motorsports Team New Zealand in the 600cc supersport class. “This is the professional American national
championship so all the guys are the best in the country. A top three finish will be huge for us with the struggle we have had over here trying to chase the dream,” he said. Shane has competed in seven rounds of racing and has two rounds left over the next two weeks. Racing over the weekend took place on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway layout at New Jersey Motorsport Park, a track that features 12 corners and a half-mile straightaway. New Jersey Motorsports Park has proven to provide exciting finales to the AMA Superbike series on a track that both riders and fans enjoy.
Ulalei players celebrate
Angus Thompson and Kahukura Te Rauna from Pukeatua School. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
with Jacob Page
Kicking goals and taking names
Ulalei netball premier 2 team. PHOTO: Supplied
Ulalei Netball Club players have been recognised for their outstanding season. A prize giving ceremony was held on Saturday, September 4 and saw 14 players acknowledged and celebrated. Maryanne Tomokino-Geale, Alicia Tomokino-Geale, Cindy-Ray Bracken, Ruth Sopoaga, Angela Milovale, Bree Itula, Karen, and Toli Sagaga were mentioned in the Netball Hutt Valley representatives/awards. Alofa Aberdein-Tapuai was recognised for being selected for the New Zealand under 17 indoor netball team. In terms of club awards, Esther Sopoaga picked up the premier two division’s most improved player and Angela
Milovale was the most valuable player. Ulalei’s premier two team picked up the Fair Play Award. Alicia Tomokino-Geale was the premier one was the most improved player, Te Araroa Sopoaga received the Fair Play Award, and Rachel Savelio was the premier two most valuable player. Alofa Aberdein-Tapuai also picked up the Junior Cup Award, the Supporter of the Year was Talei Tomokino, and the Committee Cup Award was given to Rongo Toelupe. Ulalei Netball Club also celebrated one of the foundation Ulalei supporters Tauese Umaga, who recently passed away.
I’m an old-school sports fan - at 28 years-old I often have the cynical, yet-traditional mindset of someone swiftly approaching a Super Gold card. Saturday night’s All Black test victory proved to me that Beauden Barrett can no longer be relied upon to be the first choice goal kicker. The boy from the Taranaki seems to be getting worse off the tee and as much as coach Steve Hansen continues to show faith in him, I can’t see improvements and it will cost us close games. I believe Barrett is still our best option in the No 10 jersey for now but even his general play has been far from startling. Perhaps Jordie Barrett’s season ending shoulder injury has forced this subject to the surface. Speculation was that the younger of the Barrett duo was going to play fullback and take the shots at goal. I grew up watching rugby with my
Granddad and he always said you pick your goal kicker as your second pick after your captain and right now the All Blacks aren’t doing that for the first time since the failed Carlos Spencer experiment at the 2003 World Cup. That tournament saw fullback Leon MacDonald play centre and kick goals - something he’d never done regularly in his career. This All Black team is in a rebuilding phase but even the All conquering teams of 2011 through 2015 occasionally relied upon the laser accuracy of Dan Carter to kick key penalties and conversions. We even relied on Stephen Donald for one night. It’s all well and good scoring tries and playing running rugby but when the All Blacks get into an arm wrestle of a match - and believe you me they will, then we will need a kicker who can be relied upon. That is no longer Beauden so maybe the wait for Jordie is my only salvation.
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