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Does the Thames-Coromandel District Council open its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
20 April 2012
Dear Thames-Coromandel 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: Lynlee Baily
Thames-Coromandel District Council
23 April 2012
This Council does not open its Council meetings with a prayer and has
not done so in the ten years that I have been with the organisation.
Governance Support Manager