Does the Porirua City Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Porirua City Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Porirua City 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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Thank you for your written request received on 3rd April regarding Porirua
City Council opening its meetings with a prayer?

Your request has been assigned to the appropriate officer and you can
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Yours sincerely

Arlene Colwell
Team Leader Records
DDI: 04 2371410 | MOB: 0275135083

"Porirua enjoys 54km of coastline, including a harbour, inlet and a
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Attachment PCC 760848 Official Opening of Council Meetings.pdf
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Please find attached response to official information request from Alex Harris.

Allie Dunn
Team Leader Democratic Services
DDI: 04 2371419

Porirua City Council
PO Box 50-218, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua 5240, New Zealand
24hr Phone: +64 4 237 5089 Email: [Porirua City Council request email] Fax: +64 4 237 6384

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