13 May 2021

Racist rhetoric towards Māori has been accumulating over last few weeks - Rawiri Waititi

From Morning Report, 7:35 am on 13 May 2021

Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi provided the flashpoint moment in a heated day in parliament yesterday - ejected from the House for taking aim at what he called "racist" rhetoric from the National Party.

He performed an impassioned haka on the floor as he exited, joined in solidarity by co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Green MP Teanau Tuiono.

The exchange sparked a debate around whether MPs should be allowed to call each other racist in the House.

Waititi spoke to Corin Dann.