New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters has been ejected from parliament’s debating chamber after calling National minister Gerry Brownlee an “illiterate woodwork teacher”.
The exchange between Mr Peters and Speaker Lockwood Smith occurred after Labour’s Grant Robertson questioned Mr Brownlee on the issue of ratifying the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage after the Rena shipping disaster.
Mr Brownlee made a reference to Mr Peters during an answer and Mr Peters stood to make a point of order, saying “that sort of insult really requires an apology, particularly from some illiterate woodwork teacher”.
Mr Smith said he would not tolerate the point of order process being used to abuse a member of the house.
Mr Peters later tweeted “after the events today, I intend to talk to other parties about the way the house is run”.
Mr Peters is the first MP to be kicked out of the debating chamber this term.