Je­sus, Queen Dropped From Par­lia­ment Prayer

Fiji Sun - - Aust/Nz News -

Ref­er­ences to the Queen and Je­sus Christ have been dropped from the par­lia­men­tary prayer de­liv­ered in Te Reo by the new Speaker of the House.

And some op­po­si­tion MPs are con­cerned that while the pe­riod of con­sul­ta­tion has not yet fin­ished, Trevor Mal­lard has al­ready started us­ing the new ver­sion.

Mr Mal­lard said he was still get­ting feed­back from MPs and would take their views into ac­count be­fore any fi­nal de­ci­sion about chang­ing the prayer was made.

The prayer is said by the Speaker at the start of ev­ery sit­ting ses­sion.

It’s un­der­stood a more rad­i­cal change to the prayer had been pre­sented to MPs, re­mov­ing any re­li­gious ref­er­ences, in­stead re­fer­ring to Te Tir­iti O Wai­tangi and Te Ati Awa - the Taranaki and Welling­ton based iwi. How­ever, that was re­jected, and the lat­est ver­sion has since been put for­ward by the Speaker. There were some con­cerns within the Na­tional Party cau­cus, both about the prayer al­ready be­ing in use, and the re­moval of the ref­er­ence to the Queen.

It said its cau­cus would dis­cuss it.

Orig­i­nal ver­sion:

Almighty God, humbly ac­knowl­edg­ing our need for Thy guid­ance in all things, and lay­ing aside all pri­vate and per­sonal in­ter­ests, we be­seech Thee to grant that we may con­duct the af­fairs of this House and of our coun­try to the glory of Thy holy name, the main­te­nance of true re­li­gion and justice, the hon­our of the Queen, and the pub­lic wel­fare, peace, and tran­quil­lity of New Zealand, through Je­sus Christ our Lord. Amen

Pro­posed new ver­sion:

Almighty God, we give thanks for the bless­ings which have been be­stowed on New Zealand.

Lay­ing aside all per­sonal in­ter­ests, we pray for guid­ance in our de­lib­er­a­tions, that we may con­duct the af­fairs of this House with wis­dom and hu­mil­ity, for the pub­lic wel­fare and peace of New Zealand.


E Te Atua Kaha Rawa, Ka tuku whakamoemiti atu ma­tou, mo nga karakia kua wai­ho­tia mai ki runga o Aotearoa.

Ka waiho nei I o ma­tou panga wha­iaro

ka­toa ki te taha, nei ra enei e inoi atu ana mo To arahi­tanga, I roto i o ma­tou whakaaroaro­hanga, a, kia whaka­haere ai e ma­tou nga take o Te Whare nei, I runga i te mo­hio, me te whakaiti mo te oranga, te maun­garongo, o te tu­matanui o Aotearoa.



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Ref­er­ences to the Queen and Je­sus Christ have been dropped from the par­lia­men­tary prayer.

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