June 15, 2023
Waititi takes debate to heart of Commonwealth
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi is following the lead of Aotearoa MPs Georgina Beyer and Helen Clark taking part in a Cambridge Union presidential debate in the UK.
The union was founded in 1815 and is the oldest continuously running debating society in the world.
Mr Waititi is on the opposing team for tomorrow’s debate on the motion that the Commonwealth still serves a purpose.
He’ll debate alongside top student debater Jonty Yin and another student speaker, while British minister of state Andrew Mitchell, Conservative MP Shailesh Vara and outgoing Cambridge Union president James Appiah will support the motion.
Mr Waititi says the Commonwealth was built on the stolen wealth and blood of indigenous nations, and it’s the throne from which the Crown maintains white supremacy globally.
He says the one thing all Commonwealth nations have in common with each other is their oppressor.
Te Pāti Māori will livestream the debate across its social media platforms at 7am tomorrow.