Does the Gisborne District Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Gisborne District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Gisborne 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 website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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Sent request to Gisborne District Council again, using a new contact address.

From: Deane Takao
Gisborne District Council

Your email request for service / information/ advice has been entered and referred to the appropriate referral.

Your request has been assigned an ID of RFS 126496

Please quote this RFS number in any future contact with Council regarding this request

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Deane R Takao
Customer Service Officer
T: 06 867 2049 (ex: 8921)
E: [email address] W:
A: 15 Fitzherbert Street Gisborne4010
P: PO Box 747 Gisborne

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From: Eileen Cronin
Gisborne District Council

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Dear Mr Harris,
Please find attached our response to your request for official
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