The PM was asked the question by Sean Plunket of The Platform at a press conference today.
A hot topic in New Zealand right now following on from the Posie Parker controversy, Hipkins struggled to answer what to many is a straightforward question.
‘How do you and how does this government define a woman?’ asked Plunket.
Hipkins hesitated for a few moments before saying the question had ‘come slightly out of leftfield for me.’
‘The…. biology, sex, gender, umm…. people define themselves. People define their own genders…’
‘I’d ask you again. How do you define what a woman is?’
‘Well as I’ve just indicated I was not expecting that question, so it’s not something I’ve formulated, pre-formulated an answer on. But in terms of gender identity, I think people define their gender identity for themselves.
What is a woman?
New Zealand's Prime minister Chris Hipkins can't answer that. pic.twitter.com/WSzF589vpI
— The Golden Age is coming (@PatriotNz2022) April 3, 2023
Plunket’s Twitter account suspended
The Platform confirmed today that Plunket’s Twitter account has been suspended – permanently. Commentators are blaming a ‘pile on’ by trans activitists looking to cancel the founding editor after he gave extensive coverage to the women’s rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (‘Posie Parker’) during and after her trip to New Zealand.
Platform founding editor @SeanPlunket permanently suspended from Twitter. At least they didn’t juice him!
— The Platform NZ (@theplatform_nz) April 3, 2023