Maeby Clarke, New Zealand's youngest elected official, stuns Parliament with her fiery maiden speech

Maeby Clarke, New Zealand's youngest elected official, stuns Parliament with her fiery maiden speech

Dolly – This is an excellent treat for MPs who fall asleep in their folding chairs. In New Zealand's Parliament, a young Māori elected official caused a sensation on 12 December with a fiery speech accompanied by haka music, in the middle of a parliamentary session, which has since gone viral on social media.

During the legislative elections on 14 October, at the age of 21, Hana-Ruhiti Maeby-Clarke (Māori Party) became the youngest elected official in the history of the New Zealand Parliament. While her indigenous people denounced the “racist” policy pursued by the new Conservative government towards them, the MP performed a haka during her inauguration speech, before calling on Māori to stand up to Prime Minister Christopher Luxon. As you can see in the video at the top of the article.

The haka, made famous by the national rugby team, is a traditional Maori dance, performed during sporting competitions or ceremonies, and intended to impress an opponent.

“Ready to die for you”

“This government has attacked my world from all sides: our health, our environment, our water, our land, our natural resources, our Maori neighbourhood, our language, our children, and my right, as well as yours, to be in this country. According to our Constitution.” Hannah-My-Spirit-Maybe-Clark was launched. ” I am at your service, inside and outside this Parliament. I will die for you in this room and live for you outside
of these walls
She added to the attention of her people.

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In early December, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of New Zealand to protest the newly elected conservative government's policies towards the indigenous Maori population. The demonstrations, backed by the Māori party Te Pāti Māori, were held particularly in Auckland and Wellington, marking the first test for Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.

Maori leaders accuse the Conservative Alliance of racist policies, including threatening a treaty protecting indigenous rights. They oppose plans to change the names of some departments from Māori to English and close the Māori health authority, Te Aka y Ora.

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