New Zealand Maori leader ejected from parliament for not wearing a necktie

A New Zealand Maori leader who was ejected from parliament this week for refusing to wear a necktie in the chamber said forcing him to a Western dress code was a breach of his rights and an attempt to suppress indigenous culture. On Tuesday, Speaker Trevor Mallard twice prevented Rawiri Waititi from asking questions in the debating chamber, insisting that MPs could only ask a question if they were wearing a tie. When Waititi continued with his question after being stopped a second time, Mallard ordered him to leave.

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