Ravi Waiti, a traditional Mori tattooist across the face, called the tie “a colonial knot.” He defended himself by claiming to wear traditional Mori attire for this type of activity.
The New Zealand parliament backed down on Wednesday, the day after a Maori legislator who refused to wear a tie was expelled, finally allowing him to speak without this deputy, known as the “colonial knot”.
Expelled from the hemisphere
The issue arose on Tuesday when the co-chair of the Maori party was kicked out of the room for not wearing the required clothing during question time.
Wearing a traditional Mori or Da Moko tattoo all over his face and wearing a black cowboy hat, Raviri Waiti defended himself by claiming to wear traditional Mori attire for this type of activity.
“This is not a bond, it is a cultural identity,” the MP said, leaving the hemisphere to see this subset as “a colonial knot”.
“This is a violation of the rights of the tribal people.”
Mori population is 15% of New Zealand’s five million population. The rates of poverty, unemployment and imprisonment are far behind the average population in the country. For many Morris, these injustices meant that New Zealand was a British colony.
Raviri Waiti said the issue of wearing a tie signifies racial ties that still need to be improved in this South Pacific country.
“This is a violation of the rights of the tribal people and we (should) have the freedom to express our cultural identity in such a place,” he said.
Change in expected terms
Prime Minister Jacinta Artern said there was no objection to MPs not wearing ties. “We all have very important issues,” he said.
After strictly enforcing the dress code on Tuesday, Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard was at a low ebb during Rourie Waitey’s speech this Wednesday, saying he was not yet wearing a tie. Instead of expelling him, Trevor Mallard allowed him to ask a question and then said a change in the rules would be considered.
Raviri Waiti has been elected to Parliament since last year. In his first speech, he described how the British were wrongly executed for killing one of his ancestors.