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Does the Hauraki District Council open its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
11 April 2012
Dear Hauraki 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: Mark Buttimore
Hauraki District Council
12 April 2012
The Hauraki District Council does not commence its meetings with a prayer.
Mark Buttimore | Strategic Planning Projects Manager
mob: 021 851 970 | email: [email address]
Hauraki District Council | William Street Paeroa 3600 | PO Box 17 Paeroa 3640 | NZ
ph: (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district) | fax: (07) 862 8607
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