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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Whakatane District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Whakatane 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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Whakatane District Council

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Good Morning Alex
The information you seek is as follows and see attached prayer /  karakia.
Kind Regards

Sheryl Thomson  |  Customer Services Officer
WHAKATANE DISTRICT COUNCIL   |   Private Bag 1002   |   Whakatane 3158
Phone 07 306 0500 Ext 7403   |   Fax 07 307 0718
Email [1][email address]   |  
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From: Nicoll Young On Behalf Of CSC Shared Calendar
Sent: Friday, 27 April 2012 2:56 p.m.
To: Janie Storey; Coral Hair; Charis Henton; Rebecca Hart
Subject: FW: Local Government Official Information and Meetings request:
Does the Whakatane District Council open its meetings with a prayer?


FYI, im not sure how council meetings are run, are you able to help?





Nicoll Young

Customer Services Officer



Private Bag 1002

Whakatane 3158


phone 07 306 0500

ext 7408

fax 07 307 0718

e-mail [email address]


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