5 Dec 2023

MPs declare allegiance to King as Parliament opens

From Morning Report, 7:46 am on 5 December 2023

The first of two ceremonies to open Parliament takes place on Tuesday.

The MPs will declare their allegiance to the King and elect a Speaker.

But Te Pāti Māori - who have organised today's Nationwide Action Day calling for respect for tangata whenua and te Tiriti - do not want to read that oath but they must.

They say they will also pledge allegiance to "our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi".

Otago University professor Andrew Geddis spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.