Does the South Taranaki District Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information Act request to South Taranaki District Council

The request was successful.

From: Alex Harris

Dear South Taranaki 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: Shannon Cox
South Taranaki District Council

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Good morning Alex


The South Taranaki District Council does not open any of its meeting with
a prayer.


If you have any further queries kindly let me know.


Kind Regards




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