Maori MP Hone Harawira refuses Queen allegiance

BBC News

A Maori MP has been thrown out of New Zealand’s parliament for refusing to read the oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

Hone Harawira began reading his own oath in Maori, which instead swore allegiance to the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document.

The parliamentary speaker stopped him and told him to leave the chamber.

Mr Harawira said he was disappointed to be ejected, and promised to take the oath next month.

“To have the speaker of the House deny the treaty as part of my affirmation is a signal of exactly where we are and where we go as a people,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

He said there had been “scope for the oath of affirmation to proceed”, and criticised the speaker for not letting him continue.

The Treaty of Waitangi is the agreement signed by the British government and Maori leaders in 1840.

It has been the source of controversy ever since, because the Maori and English versions appear to differ on key points.

In the English version, the Maori leaders ceded full sovereignty; but the Maori version has the word translated as “governance”.

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One Response to Maori MP Hone Harawira refuses Queen allegiance

  1. Guest says:

    For those of us who don’t understand Maori, Harawiri’s website provided this translation of the oath he gave:
    “I, Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene Harawira, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, that I will be honest and forthright in my efforts to advance the rights of the people of Tai Tokerau, that I will do my utmost to help all Maori people become full empowered citizens of this land and that I will do whatever I can to reduce inequalities in this country, so that all may one day be proud to call Aotearoa home.”

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