Calls grow for Rawiri Waititi to follow parliament dress code rules

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Publish Date
Wed, 10 Feb 2021, 11:32AM
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Photo / NZ Herald

Calls grow for Rawiri Waititi to follow parliament dress code rules

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 10 Feb 2021, 11:32AM

There's support from both sides of the political aisle for enforcing dress standards in the House of Parliament.

Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was kicked out of the House yesterday, for wearing a hei-tiki around his neck instead of a tie.

The party is now in talks with Speaker Trevor Mallard about changing the rules.

Labour's Stuart Nash says Waititi is wrong, and needs to follow the rules.

National's Mark Mitchell agrees, saying if standards are allowed to slip, people will turn up to Parliament in T-shirt and shorts.

On the issue of Trevor Mallard’s behaviour, Stuart Nash says that although the Speaker's rape allegation was indefensible, it isn't enough for him to lose his job

National wants the Speaker to be punished for spending more than $300,000 dollars of taxpayer money on a legal case, after wrongly calling a Parliamentary worker a rapist.

It plans to file notices of motion through the year.

Nash says what Mallard did WAS inexcusable, but he has owned it and apologised for it.

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