The current New Zealand government, which has always been proud of “diversity”, was expelled from the council hall because he was not dressed Western enough.
According to The Guardian, on February 9 local time, Rawiri Waititi, the leader of the Maori United Party, was not wearing a tie by New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard. Ask to leave Parliament.
On the same day, Waititi wore a green stone pendant. When he spoke in the New Zealand Parliament Debate Hall, he was blocked by Malad twice.
The speaker said that male politicians present in Parliament could only ask questions and debate in the debate room if they wear ties, and asked Waititi to leave the venue.
“Personally, the tie seems to be outdated, and I support the amendment of the mandatory wearing of ties, but in the past few months of consultations, we have consulted members of Congress, and the vast majority of them have expressed support for maintaining this tradition,” Mallard added at the meeting.
“So, in reference to a series of After my opinion, I decided not to change the current standard.
Men’s suit jackets and tie remain the standard requirements for business wear.”
Although Maori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer wore a tie to defend her colleagues, it did nothing.
When leaving, Waititi stressed that “it’s not just a matter of whether to wear a tie, but a lack of cultural identity.”
In the interview, he said that he was wearing “Maori business clothes” and he felt that Mallard’s treatment of him was “unreasonable”.
Forcing him to abide by Western dress codes is a violation of his rights, and on the other hand, he is trying to suppress their native culture, contrary to the so-called “pluralism” advocated by the new parliament.
Late last year, Waititi proposed to remove the wearing of ties in his first speech to Parliament, according to the New Zealand Herald. That day, he held up his tie and said, “This is the shackles of colonization.
Untie it so that I can ‘sing loudly’.” He said that the tie was a symbol of continued colonization, which strangled and suppressed Maori rights.
But the proposal was quickly rejected by Parliament and was told that he would be expelled from Parliament if he did not wear a tie.
Simon Bridges, the former leader of the New Zealand National Party, has stepped forward to defend the refusal to relax the dress. He tweeted: “This may not be the biggest problem facing the world, but men who come to Parliament should wear ties.
You’re not going to bars, clubs, or businesses, but national parliaments.”
The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also said that she personally did not object to members of Congress not wearing ties, but she believed that there were more important issues to pay attention to and discuss in the debate, such as how to solve the housing crisis.
The New Zealand government has been advocating pluralism and boasts that the new parliament is also the most pluralistic and inclusive parliament ever: including 48% of women, 11% of sexual minorities, 21% of Maori parliamentarian parliament, 8.3% of Pacific parliamentarians and 7% of Asian parliamentarians.
Therefore, there is a growing call for members to wear formal clothing with cultural significance in addition to allowing men to take off their ties.