Review of Māori protocol in Parliament

By Wepiha Te Kanawa
  • Wellington

The Powhiri is a key part of the Māori culture which has been adopted by Parliament house for nearly 15 years.

But, when MPs Maryan Street and Annette King were asked to move to the second row during a Powhiri in the Parliament house, questions were raised about Māori protocol in a modern setting.

National party member Claudette Hauiti believes Maryan and Annette were well aware of the protocol on the Marae, and says the act was more of a statement.

It has prompted Parliament's Speaker, David Carter, to review the protocols with the help of Wellington iwi, Te Atiawa.

David Carter will discuss with Te Atiawa about the protocols in the near future.