Taumarunui bassed councilor Adie Doyle of the Ruapehu district council refused to stay in the room for a 12-second karakia to open a council meeting last week.

Doyle said he was uncomfortable with opening a public meeting with any formal system of belief, whether it was “a karakia, a Hail Mary or an Our Father”.

While he said he respected everybody’s right to a belief system, he asked the mayor to respect his right not to be present for the karakia and excused himself from the room.

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