Does the Clutha District Council begin its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
Dear Clutha 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 fyi.org.nz website.
From: Alan Dickson
Clutha District Council
Hello Alex, the Clutha District Council does open its council meeting with a prayer (copy attached). The practice has been in place since amalgamation in 1989. The council has not considered whether the practice should be abolished. The council has not had any advice about the prayer's compatibility with the Human Rights Act of Bill of Rights Act.
Please contact me if you require any further information.