Wellington Council prayer

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Wellington City Council

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Wellington 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 fyi.org.nz website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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Dear Alex,
Thank you for your email on Monday 26 March with your Official Information
Request regarding the prayers at the beginning of meetings.

We have forwarded your enquiry onto our Issues Resolution Team for their
attention as they are best suited to follow up on your request. We expect
they will contact you directly in due course.

For more information about the Issues Resolution Team please click on the
following link:

*       [1]www.wellington.govt.nz/services/pubadvte

If we can be of further assistance, or you have any questions about the
Wellington City Council and our services please call our 24 hour Customer
Contact Centre on (04) 499 4444 or email: [2][email address].

Kind regards,

Kathleen Borrows
Online Information Co-ordinator
Customer Contact Centre
Citizen Engagement Directorate
Wellington City Council
101 Wakefield St
New Zealand

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Dear Alex,
Please find attached the Council's formal response to your request for
Ian Hunter
Issues Resolution Office
Wellington City Council.

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