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New Zealand First (Aotearoa Tuatahi) is a nationalist populist party currently in government with the Labour Party. NZ First was formed in 1993 after Winston Peters resigned from the National Party. The party has been in government twice, once with National and once with Labour as part of the current government. It also had a confidence and supply agreement with Labour after the 2005 election. With the exception of two terms, leader Winston Peters has been in parliament since 1979.

Winston Peters

Leader

Fletcher Tabuteau

Deputy leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1993
  • Times in government 3
  • Current MPs 9
  • Electorate seats held0
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $1,003,478
  • 2020 polling average
    2.4%
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Winston Peters
Winston Peters
List MPList only candidate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
1978
2017 Result
2nd in Northland

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Fletcher Tabuteau
Fletcher Tabuteau
NZ First
My local priorities
Continue to invest in infrastructure and shovel ready projects to create jobs, jobs, jobs. Make sure private developers can build more homes, whilst making the resourcing consent side easier and cheaper. Support our local industries, particularly value add, such as wood processing.
Why I’m running
I ran for parliament to help address inequality in NZ. I am running again because despite having achieved so much there is more to do. I joined New Zealand First in order to do this because we are not driven by ideology, rather we focus on common sense solutions.
About me
I was born and raised in Rotorua and it is where I choose to raise my children. I was a high school teacher in Rotorua for ten years and then head of faculty at the business school at Waiariki. I taught and lectured in business, marketing and economics. I have had many leadership roles in different types of business and was proudly a NZ business mentor for over a decade. In the last term I was the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Regional Economic Development.
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Head of faculty – business
Place of residence
Hamurana
Age
44
2017 Result
3rd in Rotorua
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Tracey Martin
Tracey Martin
NZ First
My local priorities
Open an electorate office to fulfil the main purpose of an MP which is to assist constituents. Work with local government representatives ensuring the consequences from Covid for Ōhāriu are known and addressed. Address Johnsonville Mall and Newlands Fire Station with local government and central government partnerships.
Why I’m running
Giving back to the community was the social contract I was raised with – as a nation and community we support our neighbours when they need it. This notion of helping each other is what shone through during the recent lockdown. I hold a particular passion for education and families, and for the health and well-being of those at each end of the age spectrum, children and seniors. I believe in strong policy created from the ground up to ensure practical delivery.
About me
I moved into Ōhāriu earlier this year and spend most of my weeks in Ngaio. Married to winemaker Ben, with three adult children, I am a Minister in the coalition Government and List MP for New Zealand First. I have had a diverse range of spokesperson responsibilities such as youth, women and family issues, research, science and technology, education, communications and IT, broadcasting, arts, culture and heritage, community and volunteer, disability issues and ethnic affairs.
Party list rank
3
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Stay-at-home parent
Place of residence
Ngaio
Age
56
2017 Result
3rd in Rodney
4
Shane Jones
Shane Jones
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
2005
2017 Result
3rd in Whangarei

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Ron Mark
Ron Mark
NZ First
My local priorities
The challenges Wairarapa face centre on what I refer to as our 'spinal Infrastructure'. Growth and jobs depend on this. That is, roading, rail, airports, digital connectivity, electricity, and water. That is why NZ First established the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund as a requisite to any coalition agreement.
Why I’m running
Now more than ever, Wairarapa needs a credible representative, who is experienced, influential, and successful. Our Wairarapa representatives over the last 21 years have not served us well. As Minister of Defence, I have rebuilt the New Zealand Air Force, the New Zealand Navy and have modernised the New Zealand Army. Now I want to rebuild Wairarapa. Wairarapa's poor 'spinal infrastructure' has to be addressed urgently in order for us to grow. Give me the mandate to do this.
About me
I was born in Wairarapa, and from the age of three was put into a variety of different foster homes. I was not overly academic and left school at 16 years old to join the army. My military career saw me deployed to many parts of the world over the years, and I officially retired from the military as a Major. Once home I was a successful private businessman, and held roles in the corporate world, before entering politics. I have four surviving children (I lost a daughter) and 14 grandchildren.
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
1996
Before politics
Self-employed businessman
Place of residence
Carterton
Age
66
2017 Result
3rd in Wairarapa
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Darroch Ball
Darroch Ball
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
2014
2017 Result
3rd in Palmerston North

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Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
2017
2017 Result
3rd in Clutha-Southland

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Talani Meikle
Talani Meikle
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Remutaka electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Advocate for business-led, government-enabled solutions to infrastructure projects like the NZCIS. Upper Hutt needs more reliable train services for the thousands who commute to Wellington everyday. Ensure there is the right amount and type of mental health services for the community.
Why I’m running
I am running for election, for a second time, because of my strong belief in the common sense and practical approach New Zealand First bring to central government. New Zealand First have proven to be a stable and constructive coalition partner when New Zealand has needed stability more than ever. I believe that I have the aptitude, experience and skills required to be a productive and effective member of parliament for New Zealand First and look forward to this opportunity.
About me
As the former owner of one of Remutaka's most well-loved cafes, my connection to the electorate goes well beyond just living here. Being in business is hard but rewarding work that takes strong and stable leadership. Being the eldest of a large family meant my leadership abilities developed at a very young age and have meant that I have never shied away from a challenge. I am a keen gardener who is passionate about my family and making a valuable contribution to my country.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Ministerial advisor
Place of residence
Wallaceville, Upper Hutt
Age
39
2017 Result
4th in Rimutaka
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David Wilson
David Wilson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangārei electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
3rd in Te Atatū

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Denis O'Rourke
Denis O'Rourke
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Banks Peninsula electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Environmental sustainability, especially water, waste and recycling. I promoted practical consensus based climate change policies in the 51st parliament – still an urgent priority. Assist first home buyers and second chancers into home ownership by reintroducing state loan funding on easy terms.
Why I’m running
My vision for NZ: clean, healthy and supportive environment; disciplined, fair, and caring community; prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy. Priorities: environment, especially water, waste and recycling; practical climate change policies; state loan funding for first home buyers on easy terms; government investment in the arts, film, entertainment, and new technology based industries; stronger regional economies through New Zealand First's regional development policies.
About me
New Zealand First Candidate, Banks Peninsula. Resident of 35 years. Raised in Waltham, having seen the effects of poverty, inadequate education opportunities and sub-standard health facilities on poor households, I have always fought for a fairer more egalitarian society. 30 years a barrister and solicitor, 15 years a Christchurch City councillor, 6 years a New Zealand First MP, and many former directorships in commercial companies and crown agencies.
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Lawyer
Place of residence
Banks Peninsula
Age
74
2017 Result
4th in Port Hills

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Erika Harvey
Erika Harvey
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tauranga electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Empower small businesses to be self-resourced post-Covid, enabling them to navigate uncertainty. Improve transparency and accountability within local government, to better represent Tauranga. Advocate for those with additional living or learning requirements, ensuring people have equitable access to resources
Why I’m running
I am running to promote transparency and accountability in both local and central government, by putting communities and small businesses at the very forefront of our policy making. I was challenged by issues in our community that desperately needed attention, but were not being addressed. I represent 25+ businesses in the marine industry negatively impacted by council decisions, and am actively involved in education, advocating for schools and families requiring additional resources to thrive.
About me
My husband and I have lived in Tauranga since 2009, and our daughter was born here in 2011. We are partners in a longline fishing company (with cameras ;) ), I'm the director of a business advisory company, and the board chairperson for Greerton Village School. The first-hand experience I have in both a personal and professional capacity, gives me the skills needed to constructively listen, build strong relationships, and solve problems practically, with common sense.
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business strategist
Place of residence
Bethlehem
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Mahesh Bindra
Mahesh Bindra
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hutt South electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
4th in Mt Roskill

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Jamie Arbuckle
Jamie Arbuckle
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kaikōura electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Use the Provincial Growth Fund to grow our local economy to create and retain sustainable jobs. Fund key infrastructure projects including the ferry terminal upgrades, Combined College rebuild, rail and road. Establish and maintain strong representation of Kaikōura's primary industries.
Why I’m running
The Kaikōura Electorate needs central government support and recognition for the key role that we play in the New Zealand economy. The resilience and growth of primary industries helped with favourable government policies and the right investments into key strategic assets will help our post-Covid recovery. With ten years' experience in local government and a cross-the-board understanding of our region, I understand this. I want to be your effective representation for our electorate.
About me
I am a hard worker, a good listener, a communicator and an active member of the community. A family man with a horticulture background, I am a qualified Hearings Commissioner with an understanding of the tensions between environmental issues and sustainable economic business. I will advocate and lobby hard for the Kaikōura Electorate. I will ask the tough questions. I have the experience and belief in our region to be effective. Support me to be your voice.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Marlborough District councillor
Place of residence
Renwick, Marlborough
Age
40
2017 Result
3rd in Kaikōura
14
Mark Arneil
Mark Arneil
NZ First
My local priorities
A more egalitarian, inclusive and just society with well-paying jobs and affordable housing. More government investment in infrastructure needs, research and development and in job rich sustainable industries. NZ's environmental, economic and sovereign rights are protected and we are responsible Pacific leaders and protectors.
Why I’m running
On my return after working overseas five years ago, I was struck by the inequality and a new class of working poor finding it hard to make ends meet let alone owning a home, the deterioration of public services, and a lack of investment in infrastructure to keep pace with unfettered population growth. I was also appalled by National's obsession with a low-wage workforce instead of training young people and their relentless sale of land, state houses, and primary businesses to foreign interests.
About me
I'm an accomplished hospitality and recreation and events manager, with global experience running large complex operations in the private, corporate and public sectors. I was also the owner of a successful hospitality and leisure consulting business.
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Recreation and sports manager
Place of residence
St Albans
Age
58
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Joshua Gunn
Joshua Gunn
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Invercargill electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Facilitate a 20-year electricity supply agreement for Tiwai, based on cost plus reasonable margin. Support the overhaul of the Resource Management and Building Acts to speed up housing crisis recovery. Reduce housing demand by reducing immigration from over 60,000 to 15,000 new immigrants per year.
Why I’m running
Here in the Invercargill electorate we enjoy a lot of what makes this country great. However, one thing that has increasingly disappointed me is the poor representation of the Invercargill electorate's interests in Wellington; with the abandonment of Tiwai Smelter by all other major political parties only the most recent example. NZ First values the regions, in the good times and bad. I'm proud to represent the party that gives the regions a voice and delivers investment through the PGF.
About me
Skin in the game', I am a small business owner, I invest my profits into the electorate, I am proud to call the electorate home. If the electorate does well then I do well, it's that simple. Too many electorates are represented by career public servants, who have never backed themselves in business and risked their own resources to contribute to and grow the economy. Our economic recovery needs leadership from those who have experience in growing prosperity not administering bureaucracy.
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Aircraft maintenance engineer
Place of residence
Glengarry
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Stu Husband
Stu Husband
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hamilton East electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Jenny Marcroft
Jenny Marcroft
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
2017
2017 Result
4th in Tāmaki

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Tricia Lawrence
Tricia Lawrence
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Bay of Plenty electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Continue to invest in our regional assets and people, ensuring we grow opportunities for people and our industries. Making sure we have infrastructure which services the growing population in Bay of Plenty. Continue to look after our elderly, providing education opportunities to help them utilise technology, and address ageism.
Why I’m running
As New Zealand enters a once in a lifetime event and a post-Covid world, I want to contribute to making New Zealand better for the majority, not just a few. New Zealand First has already been working towards these goals with initiatives that invest in our assets and people. I want to be part of our team in government continuing this important work that makes a meaningful change for New Zealanders, and where opportunities and prosperity are accessible to everyone.
About me
I have a broad professional range of skills, knowledge, and experience gathered from small businesses, global organisations, and government. Highlights include a 10-year career with Air New Zealand in leadership and management roles while working offshore and at home. More recently, my work has been in digital marketing and international trade for Tourism New Zealand. Currently, I am completing a secondary school teaching diploma.
Party list rank
18
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Training secondary school teacher
Place of residence
Papamoa
Age
47
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Lynn electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Stop using immigration as an excuse not to train, up skill or employ young people. Retain local ownership of vital domestic export industries and strategic assets like water or forestry. Enlightened and proactive social interventions based on evidence that end the cycle of welfare dependency.
Why I’m running
I am standing for New Zealand First because our country and our community needs smarter and more sustainable levels of immigration, protection of vital industries and strategic assets from foreign ownership and a government that keeps it Kiwi when deciding the future direction of this country.
About me
Political activism has deep roots within my family. My father was active in the campaign for nuclear disarmament, and the demonstrations against the 1981 Springbok tour. I chaired Young NZF for three years, active in both fundraising efforts and organization at university campuses. Our greatest feat was challenging the stance taken by caucus on the issue of drug pill testing at our party. Outside of politics I work at Tyson Roofing in Morningside.
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Roofer
Place of residence
Titirangi
Age
24
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Robert Griffith
Robert Griffith
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Dunedin electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Revitalise Dunedin rail. Oppose any increase to the tax on petrol. Ensure a genuine and enforceable standard of healthy housing.
Why I’m running
I am running to change the decades of neoliberal neglect New Zealand has seen since the fourth Labour Government, and bring back honest and open discussion into politics. I am passionate about reformation of our health system, particularly mental health and suicide. I highly value education and strongly support our party's position of a focus on early childhood, and self-directed learning from secondary onwards. We need to ensure politicians put New Zealand and New Zealanders first.
About me
I was raised in a large family from the suburbs in Rotorua, and have worked various minimum wage jobs to get myself to where I am. I have also graduated from Otago University in politics, philosophy and economics. As well as spending time as a trustee and volunteer for a suicide prevention trust, my time living in Dunedin has meant I have seen and met the wide range of people within our community.
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Trustee
Place of residence
Dunedin North
Age
21
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Jackie Farrelly
Jackie Farrelly
NZ First
My local priorities
Encourage regional investment for infrastructure and business. Reduce the imposition of costly requirements and impractical rules onto local government, and therefore ratepayers. Revisit the decision on the Waitaha Power Scheme.
Why I’m running
Our regions are facing an attack from extreme ideology which does not understand the reality of how regional work, i.e. farming, mining, forestry, etc., are essential to the social fabric and economy of the country. The regions understand and love the environment so need to be listened to with regard to the best way to manage these essential production services while also protecting our environment. I believe I would be a good representative and voice of reason from the people.
About me
I have run a small business and am involved in various voluntary roles from advocacy to church management so I understand the challenges and the hopes of my region. I can bring the ability of being able to both listen and present reasoned views from varying aspects of society as well as being passionate about the wellbeing of communities and the future success of the country as a whole.
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
I ran a small business locally
Place of residence
Grey District, West Coast.
Age
56
2017 Result
4th in West Coast-Tasman
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Anthony Odering
Anthony Odering
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waitaki electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Taylor Arneil
Taylor Arneil
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rongotai electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Ensure the construction of a second tunnel is properly investigated, costed and undertaken with Rongotai's full support. Ensure that infrastructure is developed and maintained to meet future growth and residential demands in the electorate. Oppose any form of 'wealth tax' that will effect the asset rich but cash poor such as the middle class and elderly.
Why I’m running
I am standing for election because this is a election that will determine how we all fair in the coming decade. Before Covid-19 we were starting to fix some of the problems in society and now it threatens to undo all of our hard work. One side wants to implement crippling austerity, while the other wants to spend. I believe we need to put New Zealand first and ensure that we achieve equitable results across all levels of society and we not leave people in need and New Zealand First will do that.
About me
I have lived across three countries in my life. The UK, Australia and here in New Zealand. I had the privilege of being able to travel early in life where I witnessed many hardships, attitudes and cultures. Witnessing the treatment of and attitudes towards certain segments of society in those nations had a profound impact on me. My masters taught me to always research, listen to the other side, look at the consequences of policy and ensure that what you do, you do to benefit everyone in society.
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Research assistant at Parliament
Place of residence
Thorndon
Age
25
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Anne Degia-Pala
Anne Degia-Pala
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kelston electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Better living conditions by increasing housing affordability and reduce overcrowding. Seek trades training and free learning towards good employment and skills development. Advocate for public health and wellness programs to improve physical, social and emotional status.
Why I’m running
I am motivated to advance the wellbeing of all people in NZ. I believe strategic leadership is core to being a candidate. I am an experienced businesswoman and a community consultant. I align my values to the principles and policies of the party. I believe in better democracy in this critical global economic uncertainty. I am seeking your party vote to ensure the economy, employment, housing, health, and transport remain high on our agenda for safer and secure communities.
About me
I am committed to West Auckland, its diversity and the electorate of Kelston as my place of residence and employment. My political aspirations are for the people of the electorate. My values underpin my efforts as a strategic leader in the community, a company director and a member of several not-for-profit boards. I am qualified and skilled in governance, policy development and people management. People's wellbeing is top priority for me as I know we all want security for self and others.
Party list rank
24
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Company director/consultant
Place of residence
Glendene
Age
64
2017 Result
4th in Kelston
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John Hall
John Hall
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Manurewa electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Education for all youth. Free education till 18. Healthy safe homes. Job security. These matter today for all residence. Support our first responders so they can enable a stable future in Manurewa. Making sure the outcomes are achieved. Support all community groups to allow our residence families the ability to have a healthy active life style.
Why I’m running
I believe our NZ First policies will enhance the future of Manurewa and all of NZ. Our education, health, family wellbeing policies will work. Jobs, health, housing, general family wellbeing. A safer community. Looking after our senior citizens. We are the stability that is needed for our future. We are ready to go. We know what is needed to achieve and work through all the coming changes. We know there will be walls in the way. NZ First will lead the way and together we will back your future.
About me
I was born and bred in Manurewa since 1957. My children are now grown and live in Manurewa, I have 10 moko and want them and their friends and families to be able to grow in the future as we did. My 15 years on board of trustees at James Cook High School and other positions held at primary and intermediate schools. Currently board management Man. Cosi Club, Man. Rugby Club, Patron Counties Rugby, President Softball Umpires. Fleet manager of Taxis United, been with company for 35 years.
Party list rank
25
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Fleet manager, Taxis United
Place of residence
Manurewa
Age
63
2017 Result
3rd in Manurewa

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Brenda Steele
Brenda Steele
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
26
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Robert Monds
Robert Monds
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Papakura electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Retraining of those affected by Covid-19 to find new employment, i.e. construction. Increase levels of home ownership as a means of family security. Provide better transport access, including availability and affordability.
Why I’m running
I would like to see a more cohesive planning for New Zealand and Auckland's large infrastructure projects, with value to the entire region not just select areas. I think there needs to be a greater push for education that has a work and employment focus, both at school and to retrain adults, especially as Covid-19 affects the job market.
About me
I have seen first-hand the difference of expectations for students from South Auckland, and believe it is not right in New Zealand. The power of education is a great investment in the people of this country, as a way to unlock their greatest potential, not as a cost.
Party list rank
27
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Landscaping
Place of residence
Manukau
Age
30
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Antony Woolams
Antony Woolams
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitīkei electorate
NZ First
My local priorities
Party list rank
28
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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