New Zealand experienced an issue in Parliament on Feb. 8, with regards to the formal dress code. MP (member of parliament) Tawiri Waititi represents the Māori Party which is a left-center party that advocates for indigenous people’s rights. Waititi also represents the Waiariki region in the North Island of New Zealand.

According to the BBC, Parliament’s male members are only allowed to speak or ask questions in the chamber if they are wearing a tie.

Instead of a tie, Waititi was wearing a hei-tiki, a pendant known as a taonga (treasure) to the Māori people that is made of local…

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Gillian is a student journalist at Florida Atlantic University. She is passionate about human rights and mental health. Twitter: @gillianmanning_

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