Feb 11, 2021 - World

New Zealand Parliament drops tie rule after Māori lawmaker ejected

Maori Party Co-leader Rawiri Waititi talks to reporters at Parliament after being told to leave the debating chamber on February 09, 2021 in Wellington

Māori Party Co-leader Rawiri Waititi in New Zealand's Parliament in Wellington after being told to leave on Tuesday, wearing a traditional taonga pendanti. Photo: Lynn Grieveso/Newsroom via Getty Images

A long-held New Zealand requirement for male Members of Parliament to wear ties has been changed after an indigenous leader was ejected from the chamber for refusing to wear one.

Why it matters: Māori Party Co-leader Rawiri Waititi said after Tuesday's incident that wearing a tie, which he likened to a "colonial noose," breached indigenous people's rights. Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard said Wednesday most of the standing orders committee voted to remove the rule.

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