Does the Northland Regional Council open its meetings with a prayer?
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From: Alex Harris
Dear Northland 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 fyi.org.nz website.
From: Christine Taylor
Northland Regional Council
Good Morning Alex,
No we do not have an opening prayer before our council meetings.
Chris Taylor | Council Secretary
Northland Regional Council | Te Kaunihera A Rohe O Te Taitokerau
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