New Zealand parliament says ties not mandatory after Maori MP ejected

New Zealand’s parliament has backed down in a dispute with a Maori Member of Parliament who refused to wear a tie.

Rawiri Waititi was allowed to address the chamber, a day after being ejected for breaking its dress code by wearing a traditional pendant called hei-tiki instead of a tie.

The parliament speaker later said ties would no longer be required as part of “appropriate business attire.”

Waititi said it was a “win for the many generations to come.” It means that parliament is a place that people “can freely express their cultural identity.”

He added, “This was always about the greater cause of the subjugation and assimilation that Maori have had to face for the past 181 years.”

Parliament had a rule that male MPs can only ask questions in the chamber if wearing a tie.

The MP has previously called ties “a colonial noose.” When he returned to the chamber, he was given permission to ask a supplementary question while wearing his Maori pendant.

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