Regular blessings

Why is it that any time a new building, road, exhibition is opened there is felt to be a need to hold a blessing? In New Zealand these blessings are normally carried out by a Maori elder, who I presume would be christian. Are other faith leaders invited to perform these blessings? is there a tender process to decide who does the blessing?

The latest in these ridiculous blessings is taking place in wellington, where the police will mark the start of a new road safety initiative tomorrow by blessing a car involved in a local alcohol-related crash.

What is the point???

Surely if the blessing is any good it should have been carried out before the crash!
If blessings can help with alcohol related crashes maybe all cars should be blessed when they are parked outside bars?! This could be a nice little earner for local Kaumatua.

This sort of stupidity seems to me to be more about appeasing certain groups of people than actually having any tangible benefits for the people involved. Though please let me know if you have any proof to the contrary.

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I think it's more about being

I think it's more about being seen to be fulfilling the government departments responsibilities towards the Treaty of Waitangi, more than anything else. I think it then almost ends up being done for the sake of being done, as it's going through the formalities that over-rides any reasoning as to why they would bother with adding in unnecessary rituals.
It was exactly my though regarding the car, why on earth bother when the event has already happened??