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

Alex Harris made this Official Information Act request to Otorohanga District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Otorohanga 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
fyi.org.nz website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Anne Burdon
Otorohanga District Council


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Dear Alex

Please find attached this Council's response to your LGOIMA request.

Yours sincerely

Anne Burdon (Mrs)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Otorohanga District Council
DDI 873 4379
Fax 873 4300
0800 73 4000
Web www.otodc.govt.nz

-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Harris [mailto:[OIA #154 email]]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:54 p.m.
To: info
Subject: Local Government Official Information and Meetings request:
Does the Otorohanga District Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Dear Otorohanga 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
fyi.org.nz website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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