Kieran McAnulty is the Labour MP for Wairarapa.
He is also the Minister for Emergency Management and Minister for Racing.
McAnulty told a Hawke’s Bay radio station this week he had received a number of threats this year and was advised to stop the mobile meet ups with constituents.
McAnulty told media that while debate was healthy, the level of abuse directed at politicians was uncalled for.
McAnulty has been accused of engaging in intimidating behviour himself. Last year former Hamilton West MP and Labour Party member Dr. Gaurav Sharma accused McAnulty of being a ‘the main bully’ in the party.
In a Facebook post from August 2022 when the scandal broke, he wrote:
‘The main bully was Kieran McAnulty who kept gaslighting me, shouting at me, degrading me in front of caucus members and other attendees at events and telling me that I was a terrible MP.’