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

Alex Harris made this Official Information Act 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

Thank you for contacting Tasman District Council. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate personnel for action.

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

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From: Pamela White

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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