Chris Hipkins warns MPs to proceed with caution if approached by conspiracy sites

Marama Davidson has apologised to the Prime Minister, but stopped short of a public apology for her comments about white cis men causing violence. 

Chris Hipkins has also issued a warning to MPs - be careful what you say to conspiracy sites like Counterspin. 

In the heat of the moment, leaving the Posie Parker protest, Davidson was fired up - and fired back at conspiracy site Counterspin. 

"I am a prevention violence minister [sic]," she said. "I know who causes violence in the world, it is white cis men. That is white cis men who cause violence in the world."

On Tuesday, she was more considered, standing in Parliament to say what she was trying to say on Saturday.

"What I was doing was pushing back on the harmful and false narrative that trans people are one of the biggest risks to women and this is simply not true," she said. 

"The perpetrators of family violence or sexual violence are mostly men."

National's leader Christopher Luxon is calling for a public apology to white men.

"What I think we need to hear from Marama Davidson now is an apology to the people that she caused offence to," he said. 

Luxon's former leader dropped the r-word

"I thought she was wrong, racist and actually really divisive," Judith Collins said. 

Davidson had just been hit by a motorbike and was in amongst a heavily-charged protest in support of the trans community when she was confronted by Counterspin

"When the far right media came to me, I was still in that charged environment as well, which is why I should have taken more care with the words that I used."

The conspiracy site is hosted by Kelvyn Alp, who's said: "You bastards need to be hung."

There's also Hannah Spierer, the woman who confronted Davidson.

The Prime Minister is warning MPs to proceed with caution.

"Generally the best advice would be not to engage," Hipkins said. "I acknowledge that can be very difficult when someone is right in your face like that. But ultimately no good is going to come from those sorts of situations."

He's expecting it to ramp up this year.

"It is certainly possible we will see more of that kind of aggressive, in-your-face sort of behaviour." 

The aggressive nature of some of those who protested against Posie Parker saw her ushered out by security. Scuffles continued out on the streets.

But on Tuesday the Prime Minister said if his schedule had allowed, he would have joined the protest. 

"Conceptually, I would've had no issue with being there. It would've been something I would've been proud to support."

He said he would have been supporting the rainbow community. 

With tension so high on so many fronts, especially after the occupation of Parliament, it's taking extra steps to keep staff safe, including for the first time issuing stab-proof vests to security guards.

"This was asked for by the security officers. They wanted to feel that they were more protected," said Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, Parliament's chief executive.

More polarised politics requiring personal protective responses. 

Jenna Lynch Analysis

While these groups operate on the fringes of society, they are determined to disrupt.

They will take their cellphones out in hunt of politicians and goad them into situations like this. 

In the old days, these people would go down to the pub solo, spout some weird stuff, and their mates would set them straight.

But as we all know the internet has no bounds, social media is set up as an echo chamber and these people easily find each other and their voices are amplified louder than their real-world reach.

This year, you are going to see them do everything they can to make themselves relevant and try and claw at power.

The challenge to politicians will be to ignore their distraction and focus on the issues affecting all Kiwis, not the few disenfranchised on the fringe.