Jacinda Ardern abuse 'abhorrent', says incoming NZ PM Chris Hipkins
By Kathryn Armstrong
New Zealand's incoming prime minister has vowed to protect his family from what he called the "abhorrent" abuse that his predecessor, Jacinda Ardern, received while in office.
Ms Ardern announced that she was quitting as the country's leader on Thursday, citing burnout.
Threats against her became more frequent in recent years and included a man claiming he had the right to "shoot the prime minister" for treason and treachery in a YouTube video.
Chris Hipkins, who was speaking on Sunday after MPs from his ruling Labour Party voted unanimously to endorse him, said a "small minority" of Kiwis were responsible for abusing Ms Ardern.
He said that "it does not represent who we are as a country".
Men had a responsibility to call out misogyny, he added.
He said he realised that putting himself forward as leader meant that he was "public property" - but that his family were not, and he wanted his children to have a "typical Kiwi kid life".
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