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Does the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council open its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
18 April 2012
Dear Manawatu-Wanganui Regional 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: Kay Booth
Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council
20 April 2012
No, Horizons Regional Council does not open its Council meetings with a prayer.
KAY BOOTH | Governance Coordinator
DDI 06 952 2814 | E kay[email address]