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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Taranaki Regional Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Taranaki 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: Delia Smith
Taranaki Regional Council

Dear Alex
In reply to your request under LGOIMA, I advise the Taranaki Regional
Council does not open its meetings with a prayer.

Delia Smith
Departmental Secretary

Taranaki Regional Council
47 Cloten Road, Private Bag 713
Stratford 4352, New Zealand
Phone: 06 765 7127
Fax: 06 765 5097

Working with people l caring for Taranaki



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