By Alberto Galvi –
New Zealand Parliament allowed Roeri Waititi, a Maori member of parliament, to speak in the House of Representatives the day after he was expelled for violating parliamentary dress codes for refusing to wear a tie. He was later allowed to speak in the room wearing a traditional necklace called hei-tiki instead of a classic tie.
After what happened, New Zealand abandoned its commitment to male organ bonding. Ruery Waititi, 40, said that forcing him to wear Western dress was a violation of his rights and an attempt to suppress indigenous culture. The issue sparked a debate about colonialism: indigenous Maori make up about 15 percent of New Zealand’s five million people, but they are statistically high in terms of the number of people living below the poverty line and in terms of population imprisonment, with many grievances returning Its history goes back to the days of British colonial rule. Moreover, the majority of children entrusted with state aid are Maori, as poverty and unemployment are rife within their community.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended Waititi, saying she had no objection to lawmakers not wearing ties. The current New Zealand Parliament is the most comprehensive ever elected in the country: nearly half of the 120 seats are held by women.
Waititi is one of two Maori MPs who have a sacred tattoo on the face called moku kawai. The other, Nanaya Mahuta, is the first Maori woman and second person to hold the position of foreign minister.
New Zealand Parliament is one of the most diverse parliaments in the world, with 48% female, 11% LGBTQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gay), 21% Maori, 8%, and 5 Percent from New Zealand Pacific Islands, and 7 percent. A member of Asia and New Zealand. After last October’s elections, Parliament saw the first parliamentarians of African and Sri Lankan descent.
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