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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Taupo District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Taupo 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: TDC Customer Services
Taupo District Council

Good Morning Alex,
I have forwarded your e/mail to the appropriate person for their response.

Regards Kathy

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From: Sheryll Crawford
Taupo District Council

Good afternoon Alex,


Thank you for the above request.


Taupō District Council does not open its Council Meetings with a prayer. 
This has been the case for many years.





Sheryll Crawford, Personal Assistant to the Mayor

Taupō District Council • 72 Lake Terrace, Taupō

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