Does the Upper Hutt City Council open its meetings with a prayer?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Upper Hutt City Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Upper Hutt City 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: Kerrie Falconer
Upper Hutt City Council

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From: Rose McCardle
Upper Hutt City Council

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Hi Alex


Please see attached letter for your response.





Rose McCardle 
Legal Executive 
Legal Services
Civic Administration Building, 838-842 Fergusson Drive
Private Bag 907, Upper Hutt 5140
Phone: 527 2169 | Fax: 04 528 2652 
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Upper Hutt City – A great place to live

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