Does the Otago Regional Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Otago Regional Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Otago 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 website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Janice Coldicott
Otago Regional Council

Thank you for your Official Information Act request dated 3 May 2012
asking if this Council opens its meetings with a prayer.


The Otago Regional Council does not open its meetings with a prayer.




Janice Coldicott

PA to Chairman, Chief Executive

& Director Corporate Services

Otago Regional Council

70 Stafford Street

Private Bag 1954


DDI:      (03) 470-7480

Fax:      (03) 477-9837




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