Mr Waititi has campaigned for lawmakers to swear allegiance to the Waitangi Treaty, known as Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Māori, as well as to the Queen.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an agreement signed on February 6, 1840 between the Māori people and representatives of the British Empire, which gave Māori rights as British citizens, and recognized their ownership of their land.
Mr. Waititi used his haka to swear allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi before taking the standard oath.
“That’s to make sure Tiriti o Waitangi is at the forefront of everything we do and the way we do business at this House,” Waititi told local TV station 1news.
He said that he was not against the Queen, and if that oath was a covenant then “we will have no problem”.
He added: “But it is very unfair at this point to swear on one of Tiriti’s partners.”
“We will do different things, we start to do different things and we will continue to do different things.”
He said he wanted an oath to recognize the agreement and equality that was established in New Zealand.
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