The Maori MP has already had problems with parliamentary rules.

Maori Party co-chair Rori Waititi was kicked off the New Zealand parliament on Wednesday after performing a traditional Maori martial dance, a Hakka, in protest of the opposition’s “racist rhetoric and propaganda”.

National Party leader Judith Collins has spoken out against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on a regular basis for about two weeks to seek ways for indigenous peoples to better exercise their rights, which Collins said is part of a “breakaway” plan.

Tensions continued to escalate on Wednesday after Maori co-leader Debbie Ngariwa Packer asked Ardern if he considered the “continued attacks on Maori” to be racist, referring to Collins. Parliamentarian Trevor Mallard answered the question: The Prime Minister does not have to answer that. Waititi then stood up and said he had to listen to “racist propaganda” against Aboriginal people in recent weeks, and blamed Parliament for it. Mallard then asked him to sit down, and Waititi began to break through. Then Mallard Waititi was expelled from the chamber, who had criticized Parliament for “tolerating racism”.

This isn’t the first time Waititi has been evicted from the room: He was forced to leave in February because he refused to wear a tie, arguing that it was not part of traditional Maori clothing and “colonial clothing.”

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New Zealand, with a population of five million, has a population of about 850,000 people belonging to the Māori ethnic group. Most of them live in poverty, financial insecurity and social problems.



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