Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi booted from Parliament after protesting against 'racist' views

Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi has been kicked out of Parliament after protesting against what he described as "racist" views being discussed.

Waititi's protesting came as Opposition leader Judith Collins put questions to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about the controversial He Puapua report, which outlines options for co-governance between Māori and the Crown.

The discussion was initially interrupted by Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, who asked the Prime Minister in Parliament if she thought Collins' line of questioning was racist.

"Can you please give your view on whether the leader of the Opposition's continued attack on Māori is racist?"

House Speaker Trevor Mallard ruled the matter was "well outside" the Prime Minister's responsibilities.

As Collins resumed her line of questioning about "separate sovereignty", Waititi interrupted her and asked the Speaker to step in. Collins could be heard scoffing as she was forced to sit down again.

"Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance and advice," Waititi said. "Over the past two weeks there has been racist propaganda and rhetoric towards tangata whenua. That not only is insulting to tangata whenua, but diminishes the mana of this House."

The Speaker said he didn't feel the dialogue was bad enough to intervene.

"We are a House of Representatives, there are a broad range of views within the House, and part of my responsibility is to allow those views to be aired," Mallard said.

"Many things, in the time I've been a Member of Parliament, resulted in discomfort to other members, because the views are very different, and there are almost certainly some views that were expressed earlier in my career that would now be regarded as out of order for the reasons the member has expressed.

"In my view, we are not at that point now."

Collins stood to resume her questioning, but Waititi interrupted again.

Mallard warned Waititi that his continued interruptions would be considered disorderly. He said Waititi could be kicked out of the House if he continued to interrupt without something fresh to discuss.

"Fresh and different point of order, Mr Speaker," Waititi said.

"When it comes to views of indigenous rights and indigenous peoples, those views must be from those indigenous peoples for the indigenous rights of our people. That can't be determined by people who aren't indigenous.

"If we find this attitude acceptable in this House, the constant barrage of insults to tangata whenua, then I find this House in disrepute."

Mallard turned Waititi's microphone off and asked him to sit down. But Waititi refused to resume his seat and performed rousing a haka in protest.

Mallard ordered Waititi to leave the Chamber.

Waititi lashed out in Parliament last week over similar grievances