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Message from Kosam Nyamdela, Past-President PMINZ

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This year has been one of the most difficult for most of us as individuals and just as much, PMINZ, as an organisation. It was essential that we continued to provide value and engagement throughout the periods when physical meetings were not possible. Of particular mention are the number of webinars which were capped with the September project management awareness month series. We also saw a refresh of our constitution, a virtual conference in conjunction with PMI Australian chapters and board elections. 2020 NZ PM Awards ceremony is planned for early next year. 

 

Our Profession

Most people among our membership, who have practiced the PM profession earlier have now since moved into senior positions and have become less engaged and less inclined to get involved to further the interest and standing of the PM profession among other professions as PMINZ members. This is in stark contrast to the global PMI body endorsing the practice at the highest levels with top-notch research, coupled with contributions from fortune 500 companies and first world government bodies. Fortunately, a few good people have remained loyal to furthering the profession and I have had the privilege of working with these individuals to create successful events like “The future of project management in NZ” and the September PM Awareness month webinar series and them being judges for the NZ PM Awards – my eternal thanks and gratitude to you all.

PMINZ is the voice of project management in New Zealand. We need to lead the way in ensuring that all reputable institutions defer to us in all matters relating to PM. We will do this by providing advice, direction and maturity indicators for individuals and organisations in a non-partisan way. In addition to being a chartered affiliate of PMI, we are in a very good position to advise NZ organisations and individuals on how to conduct the business of PM. New Zealand is a small country with demonstratable immense resources, that compete on an even keel at global level and with us coming tops comparatively. The fact that we are small makes us relatively insignificant in an economic sense, but invaluable as a test and launching pad for emerging innovative ideas. We should take advantage of this and encourage global organisations to come to us as a first resort to test any new innovations.

The PMINZ board is preparing the chapter for future challenges. Here is a snippet of what each of our portfolio leads are working on:

The MarCom team – led by Christin Yip as Vice President (VP) – already has a running weekly newsletter, social media and website member updates, including scheduled events and promos. They have also created graphics for events. This will be the mouthpiece of the chapter. Well done Marcom Team.

Academic Outreach Team – Led by Donald Cruz as VP. This team has engaged academia – both students and lectures in PM. They have run a number of webinars and will be continuing to engage with the ultimate aim of bridging the gap between academia and industry. Well done academic outreach team!

Volunteers and Membership Team – Led by Kamahl Conor as VP. This team has been instrumental in boosting the volunteer capability by recruiting suitably experienced and qualified people to fill in volunteer vacancies. They are also working on ways to retain and encourage more membership. Well done Volunteers and membership Team!

IT Team – Led by Tattianna Picoaga as VP. This team has worked hard to deliver the PMI rebranding which has also led us to refreshing the chapter logo. They have made numerous and impressive changes to the chapter website, the O365 Intranet and they are finalising work on a virtual PMO. The virtual PMO is something that can be easily projected into mainstream originations. They are also considering options which will allow members only log in. – fingers crossed! Well done IT Team!

Governance Team – Led by Nicola Faithful as VP. This team has led our constitution refresh to a more robust and enabling future focused constitution. They are currently working on the chapter governance maturity model and leading the chapter strategic planning process. The latter is a board collective. Well done governance team!

Special Events – Led by Madalin Ciubotaru. This team was tasked with creating a refresh and continuance in our annual conference delivery. The current team has only been in place since September and has already achieved realisable outcomes by appointing a capable conventions planner and deputy conventions planner. The appointments are strategically aimed at succession and continuance. The team, in conjunction with other portfolios, is also looking at other events which will provide member value. Well done Special Events Team!

Professional Development (PD) Team – Led by Matthew Percival as VP. This team is looking at ways to adapt to the ever-changing PMI exams. They are currently implementing measures to create professional continuance and standardisation of PMP and CAPM study group material. They are also working on creating professional mentoring programmes which are crucial to the profession at all levels of project management. Well done PD Team!

Branches Team – Led by Samantha Samuel as VP. This team has direct local contact to chapter members. This team has been severely impacted by Covid-19. As a chapter we have resolved to using webinars as a means to continuously engage members. Branch operations have since in some instances resumed normal operations. These operations are set to diversify from the current monthly meetings in most instances to site visits, morning teas, focus groups (like young PMs, PMOs, portfolio, programme etc) and so on in due course depending on need and capacity. Well done Branches Team!

Finance Team – Led by Kevin Jones VP. The team leads the financial budget process and has been diligent in providing the board with monthly financial analysis based on the set budget. They have also timely processed expense claims and astutely reinvested the chapter reserves into term deposits. Well done finance team!

Chapter Vice President (CVP) – Brian Belworthy. The CVP has mainly been the shadow to the present to provide emergency backup to the chapter oversight. Brian has been instrumental in organising board meetings and ensuring chapter records are properly documented and stored. The CVP has also attended a number of steering group meeting and has ensured that discussion conformed to chapter goals and objectives. Brian will be the chapter interim president from 1/1/2021 – Well done Brian!

President (P) – Kosam Nyamdela (me) – I have been responsible for the oversight of the strategic and operations of the chapter, as president and CEO. Our organisation, has seen a lot of transformation from a purely volunteer based organisation to an organisation where we had a minimal number of employees. This created several levels of complexities and challenges which we are in the process of redefining and simplifying – a PM speciality 😊. Among the many accomplishments in this role include establishing PMINZ as the voice of PM in various institutions, collaboration and engagement with tertiary institutions government departments, large business organisations> Collaboration with like minded professional institutions, involving senior leaders in the profession, creating greater PM nationwide awareness through webinars, influencing PMI Australia chapters into a joint conference and much more. I have always encouraged an open-door policy and happy to elaborate on anything that has to do with the chapter while I am still president and beyond. I am in the process of transitioning my role as President to Brian and that of CEO to Sharyn. My term as president and CEO of the chapter ends on 31/12/2020.

General Manager (GM) – Sharyn Hight. In the comparatively short time that Sharyn has been GM, she has helped to organise a series of webinars, balancing this with an onerous day to day management of chapter activities. Sharyn has initiated a chapter-wide, women in PM group, which has taken root with astounding results. She has attended all board meetings and eventually took over the onerous minute taking. Her involvement ensures that the operational arm is up to speed with strategic developments. Sharyn is tasked with delivering the 2020 NZ PM Awards and has handled this very well to date. Sharyn will be taking over the chapter operational oversight in due course. – Well Done Sharyn!

 

Looking Ahead

The elections have ushered in a couple of board members with unique expertise that the board would be happy to embrace. I have had the privilege of having a conversation with them and you should expect the following going forward

from Bushra Nur – among other allocated board duties, Bushra will be continuing negotiating partnerships with tertiary institutions realating to provision of short courses for members

from Ian Currie – among other allocated board duties, Ian will represent the PM profession in the construction industry council – notably as an alternate member at the NZCIC.

2021 NZ PM Conference

Conference/Symposium

We are considering separating the conference into symposium/seminarsworld and conference. The symposium may be held in July perhaps in Wellington and the conference in Auckland - September. This is due to the feedback from members that three consecutive days were a bit too much to commit to, at a given time. The committee as a whole will deliberate on the symposium programme which will basically be composed of masterclasses.

Conference theme is - Celebrating Diversity. The diversity part includes the usual - race, gender, age, colour, religion etc., plus project frameworks, delivery methods etc. Here is the proposed structure with names of those already committed filled in.

By-line: A project professionals management conference by project management professionals for project management professionals

 

Conference Committee Structure – “Work smart not hard. Have fun”

  • Convention Planner – Kosam Nyamdela – the strategic one
  • Deputy Convention Planner – Sandy Mandic – the creative one
  • Leads
  • Project manager - Keeps us all on track – Skye Mauch
  • Marketing comms – Creative content for website, social media, scheduled newsletters - Vacant
  • Programme – Masterclasses, key note, invited speakers, break out - Vacant
  • Event – at the conference, welcome troupe, awards ceremony, dress themes, extra curricula – for spouses – site visits etc - Vacant
  • Finance – analysis and tracking financial targets - Vacant
  • Awards – Nominations, Judging- Sharyn – the resourceful one
  • Sponsorship – Exhibiters/session sponsors/Awards night sponsor/ - Kosam, Sharyn
  • IT – Website, App, auto pdu recorder – Vacant
  • Student seminar – Antonio and Ferry – Co-leads (AUT Lecturers)

If you are interested in joining the conference committee either in a lead or support role – email your expression of interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Happy Holidays to you all!

 

2020 Project Management Awards - Finalists Announced

A Huge Congratulations to the Finalists of the 2020 Project Management Awards that have been announced today! PMINZ look forward to celebrating with them and other embers of the Project Management Profession at the Awards Ceremony which will now be held late January in Auckland ( and livestreamed to the regions)

 

The Finalists are:

The Quest Apartment Hotels: Supreme Project of the Year:

COVID-19 Response Project - Callaghan Innovation 

Waitoa Dehumidifier and Batching Project Team - Fonterra 

Go To Market Project - Pivot Software

Fertiliser Control Upgrade Project - Ravensdown Fertiliser Limited 

The Christchurch Town Hall Restoration Project - Octa Associates Ltd

Whakamaru Power Station Rehabilitation Project - Mercury NZ 

This award is proudly sponosored by Quest Apartment Hotels

 

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Millpond Project Manager of the Year:

Deep Joshi - Fonterra

Stuart Taylor - Octa Associates

Craig Tomlinson - Mercury NZ Limited

This award is proudly sponsored by Millond

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Emerging Project Manager of the Year:

Dylan Crighton - Transpower

Emma Bullivant - Auckland Council

Hannah van Niekerk - PDV Consultants

Toto Vu-duc - Auckland Council

 

Most Adaptive/ Couragous Project of the Year:

Callaghan Innovation - COVID-19 Response Project

Fonterra - Waitoa Dehumidifier and Batching Project Team

Go To Market Project - Pivot Software

 

Construction Project of the Year:

Waitoa Dehumidifier and Batching Project Team - Fonterra

The Christchurch Town Hall Restoration Project - Octa Associates Ltd

  

PMO of the Year:

Te Tupu Ngatahi (Supporting Growth Alliance) PMO Team

Eagle Technology Group - Nathan Heazlewood & PMO Team

 

 

Update to PMI Membership Process

You will be aware that PMI global have made changes to the membership process recently. There have been some technical issues that have accompanied this rollout.


PMI advise the following issues have now been resolved:

  • Members can renew their individual PMI Memberships and Chapter Memberships at the same time again. Chapter membership will now be added to cart automatically during renewals. (excluding Student Memberships) – refer to attachment ‘Renew’
  • Upon check-out, individuals purchasing PMI Membership are invited to join a PMI Chapter and are given three local Chapters, based on their location. – refer to attachment ‘ Suggestions’

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Chapter membership will now be added to the cart directly, rather than taking customers out of the cart experience.

  • When organizations purchase student chapter memberships in bulk, they are now charged the appropriate student member pricing.
  • We can more easily process refunds on an item members purchased with their auto-renew membership orders. 

Changes to PMI Membership Processes

We would like to inform you of the recent developments to Chapter membership on Auto-renewal and the purchasing restrictions that come along with it:

  1. Chapter Membership Auto Renewal Changes
  • Similar to a PMI Membership, when you complete a Chapter Membership purchase, your Chapter Membership will now be automatically opted-in for auto renew.
  • If you are a current PMI Member (and enrolled in auto renew), and you complete a purchase for a new Chapter Membership, then the Chapter Membership will automatically be enrolled in auto renew.
  • Your Chapter Membership will move onto the same cycle as your existing PMI Membership renewal cycle.
  • If you wish to opt out of the Chapter auto renewal post-purchase, you must opt out in your myPMI profile. Please be advised that opting out of Chapter Membership auto renew will cancel auto renew for Chapter Membership only.
  • Opting out of auto renew for PMI Membership will cancel auto renew for both your Chapter Membership and PMI Membership.
  • Please note that Student and Retiree PMI Memberships require manual renewal. Auto renew is not an option.
  • If you opt-out of auto renew for your PMI Membership and later return to renew manually, the system should NOT automatically opt you in for auto renew going forward. You will not be required to save your payment details to complete checkout.
  • Existing Chapter Memberships and PMI Memberships will continue to auto renew in USD only (until December 2020).
  1. Chapter Membership Purchase Restrictions

To prevent purchasing a Chapter Membership twice or purchasing a Chapter Membership for an undesired short duration, there are new rules to restrict Chapter Membership purchases and improve the Chapter Membership experience.

    • When you attempt to purchase or renew a Chapter Membership you will be restricted from purchasing/renewing a Chapter Membership if you do not hold an active PMI Membership and/or do not have a Membership product in your Cart.
    • If you are a PMI Member who is eligible for renewal (i.e. in last 3 months of your current membership), you must have a PMI Membership renewal product in the Cart in order to purchase any Chapter Membership.
    • If you purchase a Chapter Membership after purchasing a PMI Membership, its renewal cycle will automatically align to the PMI Membership auto renewal cycle.

Please let us know if you’ve further questions on these enhancements.

Extended Deadline for Nominations for Project Management Awards

Over the past two days we have received a flurry of nominations with the closing date due today. We have also had contact from multiple businesses who would have liked to submit a nomination but with recent pressures due to Covid restrictions and lockdowns impacting their operations, have been unable to find the time to complete the nomination.
 
The intention of the awards was to highlight and celebrate the hard work done by companies and their staff in project management in 2020, which for most has been a tough year. As such we want to highlight and help profile those who have managed to achieve despite this adversity. We also do not want to add further to the stress of those companies who would like to submit a nomination but do not have the time or resources to complete it in time

As such we have decided to extend the nomination closing date until the 30th of October, with the Award ceremony being delayed until the 10th of December to give those companies who need more time, the extra time they need
 
For those of you who have already submitted a nomination, we do not want you to feel disadvantaged so please contact us if you would like to amend or add to your submission. 
 
We will start profiling those nominations which we have received shortly so the sooner the nominations can be received the more publicity you can leverage for your companies
 
If you still wish to submit a nomination, we would welcome your submission. All criteria and links to the forms are in the info packs you received and also on the PMINZ website:
 

First Ever NZ AUS Combined Virtual Conference - A Brave New World!

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It is with pleasure that we present the 2020 Australia New Zealand Virtual Project Management Conference, from October 19th -22nd

2020 has been a year full of the obvious challenges. We started planning  for an Australasian conference in Christchurch, New Zealand and decided on our ‘Brave New World’ theme before the Covid 19 pandemic started to bite. The team had to rapidly change direction with our planning and we are confident our newly minted Virtual Conference will provide you with just as many highlights as the regular ‘in person’ conference would have!

The organising committee have assembled a stunning selection of keynote speakers, panels, masterclasses and entertainers. With the help of a passionate team of volunteers and the incredibly versatile Greg Ward, our ‘tamed’ MC, we’re looking forward to hosting something truly memorable this year.

Check out the Conference Website to Register and to View the Speakers and Programme in Full

https://www.pmiaustraliaconference.org.au/

2020 PMINZ Board of Directors Elections

 

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  • Call for nominations

  • Key dates

  • Candidate criteria

  • Nominations information pack

  • Submitting a nomination

  • Elections and Nominations Committee

 

Call for nominations

The 2020 Nominations Committee is calling for the nomination of candidates to join the PMINZ Board of Directors.

If you are considering becoming a candidate, please review the job description for the PMINZ Board of Directors role and nomination documents in the nominations pack.

 

Key dates

Call for nominations open

Wednesday 30 Sepember 2020

Call for nominations close

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Voting Opens

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Voting Closes

Wednesday 9 December 2020

 

Candidate Criteria 

Candidates ideally should have a background in, experience or sound knowledge of some of the seven criteria listed below. There may be other examples in addition to those listed. 

  • PROJECT, PROGRAM OR PORTFOLIO MANAGER EXPERIENCE - For example: The candidate is a subject matter expert and able to significantly participate in market perspective discussions that will contribute to strategy formation.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF PMI\PMINZ FUNCTIONING - For example: Good understanding of PMINZ’s current strategy (mission, objectives and goals), governance structure, organization, programs, products and services, which can be achieved through volunteering exposure, corporate council, or other ways of collaboration with PMINZ.
  • STRATEGIC PLANNING EXPERIENCE - For example: Professional development focused on strategic planning (courses, seminars, etc.); devised and/or contributed to strategies and policies ensuring that an organization met its goals; worked in a strategy function; or experience in a project portfolio management role.
  • SENIOR MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE - For example: Senior management position in a corporation, non- profit and/or academic institution; managing teams; responsible of day to day activities; understands and can articulate the big picture and key drivers of an organization; establishing performance targets.
  • BOARD/GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE - For example: Strategic dialogue and decision-making; fiduciary oversight; good governance practices; dealing with CEO matters; succession planning.
  • FINANCIAL LITERACY - For example: Good understanding of key financial concepts (balance sheet, profit and loss, forecasts, etc.) and financial reports, or experience in tying financial statements to programs and strategy for a comprehensive view.
  • VOLUNTEER/LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE - For example: The understanding and appreciation of working in a collaborative, collegial, respectful, and productive way with people having diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Note: The Elections and Nominating Committee Policy Section 10.0 stipulates that the Elections and Nominating Committee will use these seven criteria to assess candidates. 

See either the Candidate Nomination Acceptance & Eligibility Form or the Elections and Nominating Committee Policy for some examples of skills and experience related to the seven criteria above.

 

Nominations information pack

The downloadable 2020 Nominations Information Pack.zip file (see next section) includes the following documents to complete, job descriptions to refer to and policies to be aware of:

Documents to complete

1.     Candidate Nomination Form

2.     Candidate Nomination Acceptance & Eligibility Form

3.     Candidate Profile and Election Statement

Job descriptions

1.     Member of the Board of Directors

Policies 

 

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 PMINZ_Board_of_Directors_2020_Pack.zip

 

Submitting a nomination

  • Download the 2020 Nominations Information Pack.zip file
  • Send the following items to the Elections and Nominating Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 28 October 2020, 5 PM:

Candidate Checklist 

1.     Candidate Nomination Form completed, signed and dated by the nominator. 

2.     Candidate Nomination Acceptance & Eligibility Form (this form) completed, signed and dated. 

3.     Candidate Profile and Election Statement completed. 

4.     A heads and shoulders colour digital photo in jpeg format. 

5.     A copy of the candidate’s current CV in either pdf or Word format is included. 


Elections and Nominating Committee

The Elections and Nominating Committee was appointed by the PMINZ Board in accordance with the PMINZ Constitution.

The 2020 Elections and Nominating Committee members are:

  • Vicki Taylor (Convenor)
  • Greg Dick
  • Toni Iaseto, PMINZ Fellow

If you have any questions or require further information about serving on the PMINZ Board of Directors, then please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Iain Fraser appointed PM World Global Advisor  

PMI Fellow and Former Chair named honorary PMWJ advisor in New Zealand

Iain Fraser

17 September 2020 – Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced the appointment of Iain Fraser as an honorary global advisor for the PM World Journal and Library. A former CEO, Iain is an independent consultant, speaker and trainer based in New Zealand. He is a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and served 6 years on the global board.

Iain Fraser, Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ has over 30 years of global business, portfolio, program of work, project, and EPMO leadership experience. This from a variety of sectors such as oil & gas, telecommunications, power, banking, defence, government and technology. He is globally known for his expertise and in-sights on leveraging business value from project-based management for strategic advantage.

Considered a thought-leader by his peers, Iain has been featured on live radio, video and podcasts and has been quoted in The Times and The Telegraph of the UK.He is the author of the top-selling business book ‘The Business of Portfolio Management— Boosting Organizational Value’ (PMI, 2017) and co-author of ‘The Business of People: Leadership for the Changing World’ (Routledge, 2019) with Madeleine Taylor as well as other publications. More at www.jacobite.co.nz

To learn more, visit his advisor profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/iain-fraser/

According to PMWJ editor David Pells, “I’ve known Iain for more than 20 years, consider him a friend and colleague, and highly respect his knowledge and experience in the PM world.  Speaking of the world, Iain is truly a global citizen. Born in Scotland and living in New Zealand, he has traveled the world as PMI Chair, speaker at events, and consulting with international corporations. We are honored to have him as a global advisor.”

Iain Fraser stated, “I have followed the PM World Journal and David Pells’ activities for many years, and greatly respect them both. Contents of the journal bridge theory and practice; it’s a very useful and important resource. I am delighted and honored to join the respected advisory group of leaders that David has assembled.”

Pells added, “Iain has also been a contributor to the journal, currently authoring a series of articles based on his excellent 2017 book ‘The Business of Portfolio Management – Boosting Organizational Value’. His global experience and knowledge about project, program and portfolio management should be very useful for us, and for our readers.”

PM World engages with recognized current and former industry and professional leaders in various countries to support the organization’s dual missions of advancing knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to modern portfolio, program, and project management.  To see the current team of honorary global advisors, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/team/global-advisors-pm-profession/

Registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and other works about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced and maintained by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program, and project management.  To see the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.com  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net

ars, consider him a friend and colleague, and highly respect his knowledge and experience in the PM world.  Speaking of the world, Iain is truly a global citizen. Born in Scotland and living in New Zealand, he has traveled the world as PMI Chair, speaker at events, and consulting with international corporations. We are honored to have him as a global advisor.”

Iain Fraser stated, “I have followed the PM World Journal and David Pells’ activities for many years, and greatly respect them both. Contents of the journal bridge theory and practice; it’s a very useful and important resource. I am delighted and honored to join the respected advisory group of leaders that David has assembled.”

Pells added, “Iain has also been a contributor to the journal, currently authoring a series of articles based on his excellent 2017 book ‘The Business of Portfolio Management – Boosting Organizational Value’. His global experience and knowledge about project, program and portfolio management should be very useful for us, and for our readers.”

PM World engages with recognized current and former industry and professional leaders in various countries to support the organization’s dual missions of advancing knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to modern portfolio, program, and project management.  To see the current team of honorary global advisors, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/team/global-advisors-pm-profession/

Registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and other works about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced and maintained by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program, and project management.  To see the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.com  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net

Ballot closing soon on amended Constitution

The electronic ballot on the proposed amended constitution closes at midnight on Sunday 20th September! If you haven't already voted please take some time to cast your vote before Sunday. A reminder is due to be sent to all members on 16th September. Members will have received the invitation to vote by electronic ballot, including links to the relevant documents and the two explanatory emails sent earlier. 
 

Ballot open on amended Constitution

The electronic ballot on the proposed amended constitution has opened! Members will have received the invitation to vote by electronic ballot, including links to the relevant documents and the two explanatory emails sent earlier. The closing date to cast your vote is 20th of September so put some time in your diaries to remind yourself of the amendments and case your vote

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