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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Rangitikei District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Rangitikei 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: Nina Alexander
Rangitikei District Council

Thank you for your email. It has been forwarded on to the correct staff member for  a response.


| Rangitikei District Council | 46 High Street, Private Bag 1102, Marton 4741 |
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From: Clare Hadley
Rangitikei District Council

Greetings Alex


In response to your request for information, I confirm that this Council
does open its meetings with a prayer (copied below).  This practice has
been in place since this Council was constituted in 1989.  The Mayor is
very comfortable commencing meetings with a prayer, and Council has not
considered abolishing it. 


Almighty God, as members of the Rangitikei District Council we give thanks
for all the good things of our District and the advantages we enjoy

We pray that you will give us wisdom and guidance as we conduct the
affairs of this meeting.

We pray for all the communities and the District we represent

Help us to be fair and honest in our discussions, and help us to work
together in unity for the welfare of all your people



| Clare Hadley | Chief Executive|

| Rangitikei District Council | 46 High Street, Private Bag 1102, Marton
4741 |

| DDI 06 327 0086 | P 06 327 0099 | F 06 327 6970 | M 0274 358 615 |
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