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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Marlborough District Council

The request was successful.

From: Alex Harris

Dear Marlborough 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: Tony Quirk-8077
Marlborough District Council

Attachment Prayer TQu.pdf
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I refer to your email of 17 April 2012 and the request made under the
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

* Yes
* Prayer attached


* For Marlborough District Council - has been used since that Council
was established in 1989.
* No
* None received

Tony Quirk
District Secretary
Marlborough District Council
Phone: +64 3 520 7400
Fax:    03 520 7496
Email:  [email address]
15 Seymour Street, PO Box 443, Blenheim 7240, New Zealand
Web:  [1]

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