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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Hauraki District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Hauraki 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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From: Mark Buttimore
Hauraki District Council

The Hauraki District Council does not commence its meetings with a prayer.

Mark Buttimore | Strategic Planning Projects Manager
mob: 021 851 970 | email: [email address]

Hauraki District Council | William Street Paeroa 3600 | PO Box 17 Paeroa 3640 | NZ
ph: (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district) | fax: (07) 862 8607
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