Does the Canterbury Regional Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Canterbury Regional Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Canterbury 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 website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Louise McDonald
Canterbury Regional Council

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Dear Alex,
Attached is the reply to your email of 18 April 2012.
kind regards
Louise McDonald
Senior Administration Officer
Environment Canterbury
PO Box 345, Christchurch 8140
5 Sir William Pickering Drive, Burnside, Christchurch
cell 027 549 7639
phone 03 365 3828

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