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

Alex Harris made this Official Information Act request to Waikato District Council

The request was successful.

From: Alex Harris

Dear Waikato 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
fyi.org.nz website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Waikato District Council,

A response to this request was due last week and it is now late.
Will I be receiving a response anytime soon?

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: Adrian Bathgate
Waikato District Council

Hi Alex, apologies for the delay in responding to your query.

 

No, the council does not open its meetings with a prayer.

 

Regards

 

Adrian

 

 

 

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