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Does the Buller District Council open its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
3 April 2012
Dear Buller District Council,
As you may have read recently, the Whanganui District Council
abolished its opening prayer after a complaint was made to the
Human Rights Commission. I'm interested in learning how widespread
this practice is, so I'd like to request the following information
under the LGOIMA:
* Does the Council open its meetings with a prayer?
* If the answer to the above is "yes", then I'd like a copy of that
prayer (or examples, if more than one is used), when the practice
was first established, whether the council has considered
abolishing it in the wake of the Whanganui decision, and any advice
the council may hold on the prayer's compatibility with both the
Human Rights Act 1993 and Bill of Rights Act 1990.
I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about
this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the
From: FYI Requests
15 April 2012
Hopefully the attached report to Council in January 2011 is
self-explanatory. If you have any further questions please do not
hesitate to contact me.
PA Chief Executive/HR Officer
Buller District Council
PO Box 21
DDI: 03 788 9642
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