Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke performed haka, a ceremonial Maori war dance in her first appearance in New Zealand's parliament.
Recently, a video of a young MP of New Zealand went viral on Social Media performing 'Maori haka' as she delivered her first speech in parliament.
The 21-year-old Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke is New Zealand's youngest MP in 170 years. She captivated Parliament with her impassioned maiden speech, vowing, "I will lay down my life for you...but I will also dedicate my life to your betterment."
Presenting a powerful message dedicated to the tamariki Māori, Maipi-Clarke declared, "I sense I've already delivered my maiden speech last year outside Parliament for Te Petihana's 50th anniversary. That speech was dedicated to my grandparents. However, today's address is devoted to our children."
Maipi-Clarke reiterated sentiments from her prior Te Petihana anniversary speech, highlighting the significance of the Treaty and te reo Māori in legislation. "I emphasized last year that joining our cause rests with you. With or without support, we will navigate both worlds."
However, Maipi-Clarke lamented recent government policies, asserting, "This government's decisions feel deeply personal, affecting health, the environment, water, land, and Māori rights. It's hard not to take it personally when it feels directed at me."
Acknowledging her political journey, she emphasized, "Running for office wasn't my plan, but the interference in crucial matters drew me from the garden to this House."
She pledged her service to Hauraki-Waikato, affirming, "I'm committed to serving you within and beyond these walls, willing to sacrifice within these chambers and champion your cause outside." Addressing the challenges faced by tamariki Māori, she urged, "Never seek conformity; you are perfect as you are. For those yearning to embrace their native language or understand their heritage, know that your roots welcome you with open arms."
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