ARCHIVE – Rawiri Waititi, co-chair of the Maori Party, poses for a picture in front of the New Zealand Parliament. Waititi had refused to wear a tie in Parliament. Now, the long-standing dress code which Waititi calls the “colonial stranglehold” is over. Photo: Nick Perry/AP/dpa
On Tuesday, Roire Waititi appeared without a tie because the dress code was from the colonial era, as the politician with traditional face tattoos wrote on Facebook: “I took off the colonial tie as proof that they continued to colonize the repressed rights of Maori.”
Instead, he showed himself with Hei-Tiki, the typical carved Maori ornament worn around the neck. Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard kicked him out for losing his tie from the room.
“It’s ridiculous when he asks me to leave Parliament because I want to wear a hei tikki as a business cultural outfit,” Waititi wrote on Twitter. “Hei-Tiki is the link I choose, it connects me to my ancestors, my country, and my people.”
He’s back on Wednesday, again with a Maori necklace. This time Mallard let him go and said a committee would deal with the case that evening. The latter finally spoke out in favor of allowing work clothes from cultures other than British traditions. Mallard said the decision was not unanimous, but was taken by a majority. Since then, a heated discussion on this topic has erupted in social networks under the hashtag # no2tie.
After Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won elections last fall, New Zealand’s parliament is more diverse than ever. Maori Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuta. Ardern showed up himself in a Maori kahu huruhuru feather coat – to dinner at Buckingham Palace in London in 2018.
Published date: 11/2/2021 at 1:35 pm مساء
Last update: February 11, 2021, 2:05 pm
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