20 Oct 2014

MP decides against Treaty pledge

6:33 pm on 20 October 2014

Maori Party MP Marama Fox says she decided not to make an allegiance to the Treaty of Waitangi while being sworn in at Parliament because it would just be a stunt.

Marama Fox.

Marama Fox. Photo: SUPPLIED

MPs today had to swear allegiance to the Queen and had the option of swearing allegiance to God or making a non-religious affirmation.

Ms Fox said she gave careful consideration as to whether she would pledge allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi instead, as she strongly believes that it should be an option.

However, she said she was not going to get kicked out of the House, as that would be a stunt, and she couldn't be an MP until she took the oath.

Ms Fox said she would submit the Oaths and Declarations Amendment Bill - which includes upholding the Treaty, in the ballot when she gets a chance.

Former Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is the only MP to have sworn allegiance to te Tiriti o Waitangi in Te Reo at Parliament in 1996.

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