CCC opening prayers

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Christchurch City Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Christchurch City 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 website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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Christchurch City Council

Dear Alex

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regarding this matter.

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Customer Services Team on 941 8999.

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Customer Services Administrator
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Christchurch City Council
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch
PO Box 237, Christchurch 8140

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Further to your request- The Christchurch City Council does not open its
meetings with a prayer.

Please see comment below from the Council Secretary

Jason Roberts

Legal Services

DDI      03 941 8508
Fax      03 941 6441
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Christchurch City Council
53 Hereford Street
PO Box 73013, Christchurch 8154

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