November 29, 2021

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In New Zealand, Maori MP. Begins national debate on parliamentary style and its symbols

Maori MP Raviri Waiti, in the New Zealand Parliament, Tuesday, February 9, 2021. (- / TVNZ)

In recent days there have been heated debates in the New Zealand Parliament over the question of the apparently harmless material, the dress of the delegates and especially the tie. It began on Tuesday, February 9, when a Mori MP, Ravi Waiti, was simply expelled from the hemisphere for not wearing a tie. However, the rules of procedure for parliament require members to wear appropriate attire, and the tie is part of the banophile.

This rule has always been opposed by Ravi Waiti, the co-chair of the Mori party. For this elected officer, tribal tattoos are mandatory to wear almost his entire face, tie and one on the assembly, which is more than a question of etiquette.

“This rule compels the tribal people to wear what I describe as a colonial knot”, He announces. No knot speaks David Waity He is nothing because the word he uses in English refers to strangling a hanged man.

Public opinion in New Zealand quickly took up the issue and quickly supported Ravi Waiti. The deputy did not wear a tie, on the other hand he was called a hei tiki around the neck, which he believes Mari could confirm their culture, just like a traditional Maori necklace and other minorities. Their identity, even on the benches of Parliament. Under pressure from public opinion, the Speaker of the National Assembly finally stepped inside. Parliament announced on Thursday that wearing a tie is no longer mandatory.

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Prime Minister Jacinta Ordner has been far behind in this regard. He simply felt that MPs should do better things with their time than talking about relationships. “I have no real opinion on this matter. On the other hand, I do not think members of parliament should engage in lengthy debates on an issue that is not really of interest to New Zealanders.”.

Apart from these dress code rules, which are undoubtedly slightly worn, the New Zealand Parliament has been one of the most inclusive in the world since the last election last October. It is made up of 50% women, 11% homosexuals and 21% Morris, which is more than the share they represent in the population.