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

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Whangarei District Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Whangarei 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: Call Centre Representatives
Whangarei District Council

Thank you for your enquiry.
Your email to Whangarei District Council has been received and referred to the Corporate department for a response.
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From: Kathryn Candy
Whangarei District Council

Dear Alex,

I refer to your email below asking whether the Whangarei District Council opens its meetings with a prayer. I can advise that currently the Council does not open its meetings with a prayer.


Kathryn Candy
Legal Counsel| Whangarei District Council
Private Bag 9023 | Whangarei 0148 |
P: 09 470 3011| M: 0274 529 902 E: [email address]

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