WATCH: Rawiri Waititi delivers haka for Te Tiriti before being sworn in to Parliament

Headlines 26/11/2020

Aotearoa got its first look a fresh new Parliament yesterday as MPs were sworn into their roles, with newly elected Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi being among them.

Before swearing the standard allegiances in his oath, Waititi performed a haka in relation to the oath raising Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The current oath requires MPs to swear allegiance to the Queen, but Waititi has been calling for the inclusion of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in those allegiances.

He said vocalising his allegiances to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ngā hapū o Aotearoa prior to making the oath was "what I needed to get out first".

"That is to ensure Tiriti o Waitangi is at the forefront of everything we do and the way we will conduct our business in this House."

Waititi says that he is not against the Queen, and if the oath included Tiriti o Waitangi and ngā hapū o Aotearoa, "we would have no problem".

"But it's very unfair at this particular time to be swearing an oath to one partner of that Tiriti."

"We're going to do things different, we've started to do things different and we will continue to do things different."

"We don't mind having Queen Elizabeth in there but there's no equality, no mention of the Treaty. And that's what the country was founded on, through consent," Waititi told AAP last week. 

"It silences our true oath, which is to our people."

Check the video out up top, footage courtesy of Te Karere.