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‘I will chal­lenge, I will chal­lenge, I will chal­lenge’

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Asma¯ori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi­made­his waythrough the House to swear his al­le­giance to the Queen he promised to chal­lenge the author­ity which be­lit­tled the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

“Ka tohe au! Ka tohe au! Ka tohe au,” he said dur­ing the waerea which trans­lates to “I will chal­lenge, I will chal­lenge, I will chal­lenge”.

Waititi, wear­ing his trade­mark cow­boy hat, took with him fel­low coleader Deb­bie Ngarewa-packer’s pouna­mumere be­fore swear­ing the oath in te reo on a copy of Te Tir­iti and a Rin­gatu¯ bi­ble.

Of the 120 Mp­swho were sworn in to be the 53rd Par­lia­ment, 77 gave the oath or af­fir­ma­tion in English and 44 opted for te reo.

Anum­ber ofmp­salso re­cited it a sec­ond time in an­other lan­guage, in­clud­ingnew Actm­p­james Mc­dowall­whospoke Chi­nese, Green Mp­gol­riz Ghahra­man­whospoke Farsi and­new Labourmp­sanahila Kanon­gata’a-su­isuiki and In­grid Leary whospoke Ton­gan and Ro­tu­man re­spec­tively.

Many­opted to swear the oath on the bi­ble while oth­ers swore on other pieces of writ­ing which were im­por­tant to them.

New­green­m­peliz­a­beth Kerekere used a copy of a treaty her ances­tors signed in Tairawhiti and Greens colea­d­er­mara­ma­david­son used a book ofma¯ori proverbs.

Due to Covid-19, thempss­wore their oaths ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or in pairs, which led to­some­com­i­cal mo­ments­dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Na­tionalmp­todd Mc­clay and Labourmp­kieran Mcan­ulty raced each other dur­ing their oaths, with Mcan­ulty fin­ish­ing his well af­ter Mc­clay.

Later, Waititi ex­plained the waerea he gave be­fore be­ing sworn in was a “push back” against the oati (the oath) which “keepsma¯ori on bended knee” to a sovereign­whothey never gave sovereignt­y to.

Ngarewa-packer also swore on Te

Tir­iti wear­ing a ko­rowaimade­from Par­i­haka feather and a top hat to rep­re­sent the ones her kuia wore be­fore the sign­ing of the Treaty.

Waititi said this term he would put for­ward amem­ber’s Bill seek­ing to change the oath to in­clude the Treaty and nga¯ Hapu¯ o Aotearoa.

“It’s very un­fair at this par­tic­u­lar time to be swear­ing an oath to one part­ner of that treaty.”

Speaker Trevor Mal­lard, who was re-elected un­op­posed, said there was lots of­room to mod­ernise the oath but as long as the Queen was­new Zealand’s head of state it would con­tinue to pledge al­le­giance to her.

— Nzher­ald

 ?? Photo / Mark Mitchell ?? Maori Party co-lead­ers Deb­bie Ngarewa-packer and Rawiri Waititi be­fore the open­ing of Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.
Photo / Mark Mitchell Maori Party co-lead­ers Deb­bie Ngarewa-packer and Rawiri Waititi be­fore the open­ing of Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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