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New Zealand MP Hana-Rawhiti gave a traditional Māori haka.

New Zealand MP Hana-Rawhiti gave a traditional Māori haka.
New Zealand MP Hana-Rawhiti gave a traditional Māori haka.

New Zealand, MP Hana-Rawhiti gave a traditional Māori haka,or war cry.

The youngest Member of Parliament (MP) in New Zealand, Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke, gave a traditional “Māori haka,” or “war cry,” during her first address to parliament. Her address, which she gave in December of last year, has since gained widespread attention on social media.

The New Zealand Herald reports that Maipi-Clarke promised her voters, “I will die for you… but I will also live for you,” during the performance, which was included in her address.

In October 2022, the 21-year-old Member of Parliament was elected. She had defeated Nanaia Mahuta, the sitting member for Hauraki-Waikato, since 2008.

The Māori people of New Zealand have a ceremonial battle dance known as the “Māori haka.” It was also customarily performed to honor noteworthy accomplishments, celebrations, or funerals, as well as to greet honored guests.

According to The Guardian, Maipi-Clarke views herself as a protector of the Maori language rather than a politician.

The chant reverberates throughout the legislative chamber as Māori MPs participate in the haka in the unearthed footage.

After that, Maipi-Clarke declares, “I will die for you… but I will also live for you,” saying some of her words in Te Reo Māori, the indigenous language.

Fears for Māori rights have been raised by Maipi-Clarke’s inaugural address following the election of a new government in October led by the conservative National Party.

What is the significance of this occasion, and what does New Zealand’s youngest MP stand for?

New Zealand, MP Hana-Rawhiti gave a traditional Māori haka,or war cry.

 

Who is Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke?

The youthful politician aspires to represent a new generation of young voters in New Zealand and sees herself as a protector of the Māori language.

In October, she took over the Hauraki-Wakaito seat from the seasoned Māori politician Nanaia Mahuta, representing the Indigenous rights-focused Te Pāti Māori party.

Representing the Indigenous rights-focused Te Pāti Māori party, she succeeded veteran Māori politician Nanaia Mahuta in the Hauraki-Wakaito electorate in October.

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