Qantas Awards

May 10th, 2008 at 8:44 am by David Farrar

The lovely folks at the invited me to join them at their table for the Qantas Awards in Auckland last night (as I have done a couple of pieces for them), and it was definitely the place to be as they went on to win not just Best Weekly Newspaper but the coveted Best Newspaper.

Earlier in the night briefly popped into some blogger drinks and caught up with some of the old regulars, and met a few new people which was fun. Also failed to recognise Phil U due to his new look :-)

Back to the Qantas, and as I said it was a great night for the Herald on Sunday. On top of the two main newspaper awards, they also won Best General Columnist and Best All Round Columnist () and Best Portrait or Object Portfolio Photographer (Janna Dixon).

The Herald on Sunday is less than four years old, and when you start with no subscribers, it is swim or sink, and I think it shows the power of hunger and competition that such a new newspaper has done so well. The Sunday newspapers are almost the only ones which still have direct competition in the print media.

Most people didn’t give speeches, but Paul Holmes gave a hilarious speech which (one of the MCs along with ) tried to cut short. Paul just retorted “Knock it off Bill or I’ll fucking thump you” which had the desired effect. Ralston and Lambie were both very good as MCs, with Ralston making many jokes at the expense of his former bosses at TVNZ.

The winner of the most significant individual award – the Qantas Fellow to Wolfson College in Cambridge went to of the Dominion Post which was indisputably deserved. Kitchin and his editor also got an Outstanding Achievement award for the Louise Nicholas story. Few stories have ever had such an impact on a country, and as Pankhurst pointed out it was their most defamatory story ever – except for the defence of truth – so deciding to run it was pretty ballsy.

Peter Griffin picked up Best Information & Comms Technology Feature Writer and Carroll du Chateau, Best Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Feature Writer. The Herald also had a very good night winning the Best Daily Newspaper with over 25,000 circulation. I understand their major stories on the Electoral Finance Act were submitted as their portfolio.

The best IT Columnist was from the Southland Times. I have to confess I have not read her stuff,so will have to look out for it in future. was Best Politics Columnist.

Oh yes the best newspaper section went to the ODT for their world focus section. A few people joked they didn’t know the ODT had a world focus section – I have to admit when I lived in Dunedin my memories were that the Oamaru fair day would received twice as much space as the Berlin Wall coming down :-) Obviously things have improved!

won Best Newsstand Magazine which editor Pamela Stirling appreciated greatly as vindication for her decisions to make changes to . We know this, because she said so in her acceptance speech!

In the online categories the Herald won best news website, NBR won best single report on a news website and the globally popular won Best Blog. Congrats to for being a finalist.

As I mentioned the Herald on Sunday won Best Newspaper and Best Weekly Newspaper, and NZ Herald Best Large Daily. The Manawatu Standard won Best Small Daily, the Aucklander (West) Best Community Newspaper, and the NZ Herald Best Front Page (for their Democracy Under Attack  story)

The full awards list is here.

Was a very enjoyable night, meeting new people and catching up with others. Having a quiet recovery day today and then off to a play in Auckland tonight.

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44 Responses to “Qantas Awards”

  1. Frank (320 comments) says:

    In my view a hollow affair – window dressing. The media have on the whole not one investigative reporter. The whole thing is a sham – a cover-up for their complete inadequacies. They are simply news gatherers.

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  2. Portia (175 comments) says:

    Phil Kitchin’s award was definitely well-deserved. For those who haven’t already, the Louise Nicholas book is well-worth a read. It really illustrates the meticulous lengths to which Kitchin went to bring all the threads together. It also, for me, filled many of the gaps in Nicholas’ story which were not obvious from the criminal trials. Eg, the repeated rape when she was 13 by another cop (a trusted family friend) which “groomed” her for others, like Shipton, Schollum and Rickards to take over when she was still in her teens.

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  3. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Pfft, what a farce…

    Maybe they could introduce a few awards that had some connection to reality-

    – Labour Party sycophant of the year

    – Helen Klark sycophant of the year

    – Most outstanding betrayal of journalistic principles in order to promote left wing propaganda

    – Most determined to ignore the existence of any Ian Wishart book

    – Lamest socialist cronyist of the year

    – Most enthusiastic Climate Change scam propagandist

    – Most enthusiastic debaser of European culture

    – Most insane hater of George Bush

    – Most insane hater of the United States

    – Most prolific distributor of anti Iraq war propaganda

    – Most gullible megaphone for environmental bullshit

    – Biggest suckholing advocate for Nanny state

    – Most successful recipient of government “public good” advertising budget

    – Most over paid no talent left liberal bullshit artist in television and radio

    There’d be intense and real competition for all of the above. ..and on these awards, they’d probably get a lot of enthusiastic voting from the public too. I reckon the little guy with the foul mouth would be a shoe in for the last on the list.

    BTW- what blog was that?? Never heard of it… ..and No Right Turn a finalist?? What a surprise that is right folks..!!!

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  4. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    ‘most rabid/frothing blog commenter’..

    nominations..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  5. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    And did the “Green Crescent of Extreme Dhimmitude Award” go to all those New Zealand media outlets who didn’t show the Mo-toons for fear of offending a 7th century moon cult?

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  6. Alces (285 comments) says:

    Ah, the “Danish Courage Award”……

    Perhaps a list of newspapers and TV that were unable to be nominated for obvious reasons would be useful.

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  7. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Judging by this thread Phil it appears Ratbleater might face some stiff competition on that one.

    Enough hate to warm your hands by.

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  8. Alces (285 comments) says:

    Or the “Outstanding Achievement in Social Engineering Award”…… commonly known as the “Pie”.

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  9. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    With regards to the post by Philu- I presume that he was nominating himself? In which case, I second him.

    As to the ODT- it is an ongoing fascination to me how parochial it can be, but the Monday world focus supplement is very good, and does give a bit of a look to the rest of the world, although it is really sourced from only a few foreign papers.

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  10. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Indeed, imagine anyone wanting to make our society better, how evil can you get.

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  11. Alces (285 comments) says:

    And who can forget the “Trotter”, an Award for the journalist who looks most like Trotsky in his prime.

    The judges had to make this a males only Award, disappointed female journos should take their complaints higher.

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  12. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I see Alces has never seen a picture of Either

    a) Trotsky

    B) Trotter

    C) both

    They do have the same first three letters in ther name though, so perhaps thats what he/she/it means.

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  13. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Wowee.. Sonik actually turned up on the weekend. Must have felt the very urgent need to defend his media buddies. (Yawn.. once again, same old same old, attempting to label criticism of socialism as hate speech. See the danger in such Stalinist concepts readers??)

    “Best All Round Columnist” Paul Holmes…???? WTF??? Jezuz.. excuse me while I vomit.

    “Best Politics Columnist” Colin Espiner?????? Where’s Fran??

    ..and where’s that alert and aware dipshit from the BOP Times, that defender of democracy and choice and freedom who wrote the editorial in gushing praise of the EFB?? Surely they could have given him a slap on the back and a gold statue or whatever damn trinket they were handing out???

    Let’s not overlook the fact that if it hadn’t been for the blogosphere, and this blog in particular, (and the efforts of its author and John Boscowen) the EFB would have gone by right under the noses of those stalwart defenders of liberty and democracy who received all those “awards” above. Yet some pissant community style place gets the Best Blog award…?? pathetic.

    Y’know I’ve said the NZ mainstream media are mostly a bunch of hopeless incompetent losers so many times before, but the allocation of these so called “awards” is more proof that when it comes to integrity and relevance and truth, they have well and truly jumped the shark.. Rock on the blogosphere..!!

    Too hard on them? Naah, these losers stood by whilst NZ went down the socialist plug hole. The fiddled whilst we burned. Rather than bring us truth they brought us gummint/socialist/ left liberal propaganda in buckets. If they were doctors they’d be in jail for manslaughter. If they were garbage collectors they’d be locked up for littering. There’s two things I reckon are most to blame for this country’s descent into the mire of socialism- the complacency and connivance of the mainstream media and the abject ineffectiveness of the National Party as opposition. They all get the Redbaiter Award for the Most Hopeless Collection of Wankers and Pissants this side of the black stump.

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  14. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I think Ratbleater should get his own newspaper column

    Do you think Psychotic Weekly has a space?

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  15. Alces (285 comments) says:

    But wait…..there’s been a late category name change.

    What once was the “The Workers Paradise Award” for the “evil” who want to make our society better is now the “Happy Comrade Award”.

    This is open to all comers and is very special in that the nominee gets to decide what a better society is for everyone else.

    Big numbers expected, so get in early.

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  16. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Just thought of another award-

    The Taito Award for Investigative Excellence..

    To the TV One Newsroom for reporting on the Ingram Inquiry without uncovering the story that there were potentially 40 (alleged) criminal offences carried out by the MP.

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  17. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “imagine anyone wanting to make our society better”

    A commie euphemism for forcing the decrepit ideology of socialism upon us.. and any objective observer can see how “better” things are because of that. Ask the hundreds of thousands who have fucked off overseas.

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  18. Alces (285 comments) says:

    My personal favourite, though, is the “Cave Creek Award”, for the best initial obfuscation by a Govt Media Unit.

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  19. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    Yet another tax-deductible, self-congratulatory, self-promoting ego-fest.

    I’ve voiced my contempt for such awards on a regular basis, they serve no purpose other than to promote the sponsor and those who pay their “nomination fee” to participate.

    No doubt we’ll seem the same round of claims that are made every year by those who ante’d up the fee.

    Isn’t it amazing how both TVNZ and TV3 can claim to be the “best” broadcaster — by din’t of each receiving a carefully metered number of awards. Of course this ensures that both broadcasters engage in gratuitous self-promotion, all the while mentioning the sponsor’s name as well, on each occasion.

    This self-selecting, rationed awarding — all in the name of careful self and cross-promotion makes such awards meaningless when it comes to reflecting the merit of those who receive them.

    Shame.

    And no, *I*’ve never even considered stumping up the nomination fee and would refuse such snake-oil awards even if they were offered.

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  20. Manolo (13,828 comments) says:

    Knowing whoar, aka philu, was there, was it the Qantas Awards or the Department of Social Welfare Awards?

    He’d win hands down the title of ‘Most Accomplished New Zealand Bludger’. I would add….for life!

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  21. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Do you think Psychotic Weekly has a space?”

    So how long have you been a subscriber??

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  22. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “most accomplished’..

    (why..thank you manolo..(aka ratbiters’ mini-me)..

    i..i’m blushing..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  23. Alces (285 comments) says:

    This is a Kiwiblog exclusive.

    There’s a new Award next year.
    Its working name is “Sony’s Young Socialist Encouragement Award”.

    Trotts suggests we call it the “Mickey Mouse” for short.

    Anyone who thinks that’s because sony and MM both have an “o” an “s” and a “y”…please don’t apply.

    Likewise, if you believe that our sony and Mickey look alike…..well, don’t forget one’s a cartoon rodent without any pants and the other is Mickey.

    No, the outstanding characteristic our fine young rent seeker needs to win is an idealistic belief in his entitlement to the product of other people’s work.

    Please, no Maoists need apply but pickpockets welcome.

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  24. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Hello Barman, could I have a glass of whatever Alces has had, sounds like it’s pretty potent stuff!

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  25. Alces (285 comments) says:

    Hard to say whether the panel will accept sony registering for his own Award.

    Though he may get in under the pickpocket exception, unless his sparkling wit bores us to death first.

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  26. calendar girl (1,241 comments) says:

    What kind of “Media Awards” is this? By my rough count on the link, over 100 different gongs – enough to merit their own group award for trivialisation. I’m with aardvark’s comments @ 1.17pm.

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  27. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    yeah..alces is shaping up/stepping up to the plate..in his role as a (probationary) member of the kiwiblog rabidocracy..

    ..up there with ratty ..bloddy-hands-bob..and ‘little-manolo’..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  28. Alces (285 comments) says:

    phil…. I agree with your concern re poor sony….

    I understand that he’s not had a good afternoon on the Qantas Awards thread.

    In fact, between you and me, I reckon anyone who might be paying him to fly the flag will be sorely disappointed.

    Hint for sony: Tell them they’re capitalist swine captured by a merit based pay system …that should do it.

    Nothing like speaking truth to power….eh bro?

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  29. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    with the qualification he/she/it is just a tad more ‘off the planet’ than the others..

    (c.f…previous comment..)

    there seems to be a ‘serious dis-joint’ going on there..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  30. Alces (285 comments) says:

    And just to round it off we have a late entry for the “World’s Craziest Carbon Believer Award”

    Give yourselves a fairy clap, it goes to NZ, as Blair describes it…

    “ASK most people about Kyoto and they will blame her for marrying John and breaking up the Beatles.

    But if you’d asked New Zealand government officials a few years ago, they’d have told you Kyoto was going to make their country rich.

    Kiwis believed joining the Kyoto Protocol – as Australia did earlier this year – would lead to carbon earnings of $500 million. Instead, the poor little place (which only generates 0.2 per cent of the world’s human-caused CO2) faces a Kyoto bill of around $1 billion.

    The really cool part is that – under the Byzantine Kyoto protocol – most of the $1 billion will go to Russia, which generates about 6 per cent of CO2 (more than Japan and India).

    So a clean, non-polluting small country has to pay a gigantic smogtropolis. Makes sense.

    Having shaken down the Shaky Isles for all that carbon cash, are the Russians at least using it to buy solar buggies and hemp shopping bags?

    The hell they are. In fact, they’re even refusing to accept any caps on carbon emissions beyond 2012, when Kyoto II kicks in.

    “Our emerging middle class demands lots of energy,” said Russia’s Kyoto czar, Vsevolod Gavrilov, “and it is our job to ensure comfortable supply. We don’t plan to limit the use of fuel for our industries. We don’t think this would be right.” Ha! Take that, Helen Clark.”

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  31. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Having won a Qantas Award in the distant past, and currently down on the in-laws farm in Southland for duckshooting (74 today) I have to say that picking up the Sthld Times today and seeing their award winners makes me think these awards have become some PC ‘let’s give everyone a go’ lark. I go thru the Southland Times regularly (it takes about 3 minutes) and none of their writers deserve anything other than a kick up the arse and a ‘must try harder’ award.

    [DPF:deleted names of individuals named]

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  32. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “And did the “Green Crescent of Extreme Dhimmitude Award” go to all those New Zealand media outlets who didn’t show the Mo-toons for fear of offending a 7th century moon cult?”

    Yeah, good one.. reminded me of another I missed out- The Ashraf Choudhary Award for the most yellow backed Islamic appeaser, given in conjunction with the award for the most most vociferous anti-Christian bigot. ( I think its a rock, just the right size and with plenty of jagged points, for throwing at adulterous women). Stiff competition I reckon.

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  33. jafapete (757 comments) says:

    Redbaiter: ““Best All Round Columnist” Paul Holmes…???? WTF??? Jezuz.. excuse me while I vomit.”

    Hell, we agree on something at last! Always though Holmes was one of yours though.

    And in a way I agree with Reddy’s tenor. The Qantas Media Awards do little more than remind us once a year how thin the talent pool is in this country, the media being no exception.

    Note, that entering requires putting together a portfolio, etc, and therefore is like those fatuous “employer of the year”, “greenest capitalist enterprise”, etc awards, which often go to outstandingly inappropriate organisations. I know one prominent columnist who doesn’t bother entering for that reason.

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  34. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Always though Holmes was one of yours though.”

    C’mon, the guy has made a fortune by networking amongst a bunch of left wing cronyists, keeping his head down, and never saying anything controversial or ever challenging any of the left wing bullshit that has been going down in this country for so long. Worse than that- he did not merely fail to challenge, he heartily endorsed practically every facet of the racism and socialism that now characterizes NZ. ..if he had just displayed some small fragment of spine and independence he could have made a difference. Rather, he sucked up to his socialist masters and enthusiastically supported every damn politically correct piece of garbage legislation they came up with.

    Recently he made a few mistakes and uttered a few un-PC phrases, and all of a sudden to the left he’s some kind of right wing death beast. But that’s a lie. He has always been a socialist flunky and he still is. Of all the media personalities in NZ, I regard Paul Holmes with the most contempt. A no talent opportunist, his true broadcasting abilities were displayed when he went to Prime TV and nobody watched him, and if he went from ZB to another station, nobody would listen to him either. He’s taken advantage of heritage broadcasting, that’s all, the habits that people have formed over the years that make them leave the TV tuner on TV One and the radio dial on ZB.

    A wet weak intellectual coward and socialist cronyist (IMHO), he’s never goin’ to be “one of mine”.. I listen to Mark Levin. Have for years.

    http://marklevinshow.com/

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  35. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “i..i’m blushing..”

    Not with shame.. as you should be…

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  36. Alces (285 comments) says:

    Correct, Holmes was a willing and uncritical TV route for Govt Depts running agendas.

    Every social engineer in NZ wanted to use his program and he obliged.

    He was a cog in the “create a problem, solve a problem, get more power” operation.

    On a subject I know well, the DoC had the annual “1200 species near extinction, it’s an emergency” program on Holmes.

    Much of his stuff should have been flagged as an “infomercial”.
    No other voices ….ever.

    The bell rings and the dogs salivate.

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  37. jafapete (757 comments) says:

    Redbaited & Alces,
    I always though that Holmes fawned on the right just as much as the left. Fair and balanced sucking up you might say. But maybe you’re right. Saw him recently at an NZSO concert sucking up to Helen in the most sick-making manner…

    Have to correct you on one point. Every last one of my “socialist” mates held him in contempt long before his racist outbursts.

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  38. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Holmes fawned on the right just as much as the left”

    ???

    Right?? What right?? Give me an example of Holmes fawning on the “right”.

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  39. jafapete (757 comments) says:

    RedB, Sorry, I forgot. Since you include the Nats in the ranks of the “communists”, in your terms Holmes has never fawned on the Right. Give me time, I a slow learner, fo course, being on the left and all…

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  40. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “fawned on the right just as much as the left. Fair and balanced sucking up you might say”
    “Every last one of my “socialist” mates held him in contempt long before…..”

    Did you all hold him in contempt because he was toadying to each spectrum, or was it just that ‘Impartial’ media don’t fit the socialist agenda?

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  41. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Actually Jafaboy, Patrick has reminded me that its not the politics of Holmes or the rest that is the real issue, its THEIR PRETENSE TO OBJECTIVITY. They feign neutrality, when they’re always pushing the socialist barrow. One way or the other, in the most subtle manner, they’re always doing it. This deceit is the real reason I hold them in such low regard.

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  42. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    I agree that Holmes was really pushing labours barrow in his days on TV1 but I listen to him now and then on ZB and he’s noticeably different.
    I wouldn’t say that he’s moved to the right though, I feel he just doesn’t blindly back this govt anymore. Its noticeable in his weekly interviews with Clarke, he does ask a few difficult questions, (albeit he never finishes her off)

    He knows what side his bread is buttered on, his ratings would follow the polls I suspect. (rats and a sinking ship)

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  43. illuminatedtiger (51 comments) says:

    Tell me, do they have awards for journalistic integrity?

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  44. Andrew_Nichols (1 comment) says:

    You know Buggerlugs, if you’re going to make such personal attacks on people you should at least have the testicular fortitude to own up to who you are. It’s easy to target people when you’re hiding behind your own cloak of anonymity.

    Obviously a journo, since you were so keen to point out your own Qantas win, but perhaps a little bitter and twisted that you haven’t received any further recognition for you efforts? Whatever your reason, your comments say more about you than the people you had a dig at.

    And for the record, I’m not from Invers but do get to read the Southland times maybe once a year when I go fishing with an old varsity mate. I actually thought it was pretty good for a provincial paper.

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