It may come as surprise to some, but every council meeting is opened with a prayer to God containing the passage: "Send thy blessing upon us your servants this evening as we strive to do all things good for the betterment of the people of the Rotorua district."

Putting aside the debatable practice of starting each council meeting with a prayer to a monotheist God, the key line which seems to have been forgotten by some around the council table is; "strive to do all things good for the betterment of the people of the Rotorua District".

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