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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Tasman District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Tasman 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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Tasman District Council

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Tasman District Council Customer Support
Email: [email address]
Phone: +64-3-5438400
Fax: +64-3-5439524

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From: Pamela White
Tasman District Council

Thank you for your request.


We do not open meetings of council with a prayer


Kind Regards



Pamela White

Executive Assistant to the CEO & Mayor

Tasman District Council

189 Queen Street, Private Bag 4, Richmond, Nelson 7050

P: 03 543 8405

F: 03 543 8560

E: [email address]




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