National MP Andrew Bayly booted from Parliament over Ihumātao questioning

National MP Andrew Bayly has been kicked out of Parliament over his questions put to the Housing Minister about Ihumātao.

Bayly had been asking Housing Minister Megan Woods questions about the prospect of building houses on the south Auckland land. 

He asked Woods what she thought was a better use of Ihumātao: "Building affordable houses for everyone or returning the land to be used as a reserve?"

But that question was rejected by the Speaker.

He then asked if Woods had received any advice in the last 12 months on houses that were planned to be built on the land but now won't be. 

House Speaker Trevor Mallard said he had come to the conclusion that Bayly was deliberately trying to disrupt the order of the House through his questions.

"I'm now convinced that that member is being deliberately disorderly," the Speaker said.

Bayly was given one more question, and was subsequently kicked out of the house, after asking Woods if she would visit Ihumātao.

The people of Ihumātao were evicted during the Land Wars in 1863. The land was acquired by the Crown, and granted to the Wallace family, Pākehā settlers who farmed it for the next 150 years.

Five years ago it was named as a Special Housing Area and in 2016 Fletcher Building bought it with plans to build almost 500 homes.

The company agreed to return 25 percent of the land it owned in agreement with local iwi, but protesters said it wasn't good enough.

Bayly's line of questioning followed a breakthrough on Wednesday, with the Māori King, Kiingi Tuuheitia, saying the mana whenua had reached a consensus on the future of the land.

"Mana whenua agree they want their land returned, so they can make decisions about its future," he said in a statement to Newshub.

It followed the ramping up of protests at the site in July after police presented occupiers with an eviction notice.

Thousands of demonstrators flocked to the area from across New Zealand.