An estimated three-quarters of Labour MPs walked out of parliament directly after Key’s comments on Tuesday – along with several Green members.
Key told the house and New Zealand media that he stood by his comments.
On Wednesday Green party co-leader Metiria Turei told the Speaker that as a survivor of sexual violence she was deeply offended by Key’s remarks: ‘As the victim of a sexual assault I take personal offence at the prime minister’s comments and ask that you require him to withdraw and apologise’.
Her comments were echoed by Green MP Catherine Delahunty – who was told by the Speaker to stop and sit back down.
When other female MPS – including Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta – Clare Curran and Megan Woods – along with Green MP Marama Davidson repeated the call for Key to apologise with reference to their own assaults – Carter ordered them to stop, saying they were ‘flouting the rules’ by claiming to make points of order.