Rawiri Waititi ejected from parliament for haka

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Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi has again been ejected from the parliament debating chamber after performing a haka.

He started the haka as National Party leader Judith Collins was speaking. He was joined in solidarity by co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and by Green MP Teanau Tuiono.

Waititi told reporters outside the House he was “sick and tired of Māori being used as a political football”.

National and the Act Party have been attacking the Government in recent weeks. They have been asking questions about the new Māori Health Authority, the document He Puapua which advises on Māori realising self-determination, and reform at the Department of Conservation.

Waititi had objected to the questions from National for the last couple of weeks.

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