Jacinda Ardern makes emotional final appearance as New Zealand prime minister

Jacinda Ardern made her final public appearance as New Zealand's prime minister on Tuesday - saying the thing she would miss most was the people because they had been the "joy

of the job." Ardern sent shockwaves last week when she said she was resigning as leader after more than five years because she had nothing left in the tank. Over the

weekend her Labour Party colleagues voted unanimously Sunday for Chris Hipkins to take over as prime minister, and he will be sworn in Wednesday. Ardern's final act as

leader was to join Hipkins and other lawmakers attending celebrations at the R’tana meeting grounds, the home of an Indigenous M’ori religious movement. Ardern told

reporters she'd been friends with Hipkins for nearly 20 years and spent two hours with him on the drive to the meeting grounds. She said the only real advice she could offer was,

"You do you." "This is for him now. It's for him to carve out his own space to be his own kind of leader," Ardern said. "Actually, there's no advice I can really impart. I

can share information, I can share experiences, but this is now for him." Ardern also addressed the wide discussion that has been going on since her announcement about the

vitriolic and misogynistic attacks on her on social media - something she has said did not contribute to her decision to step down. "Whilst there has been a bit of

commentary in the aftermath of my departure, I would hate for anyone to view my departure as a negative commentary on New Zealand," Ardern said. "I have experienced such love,

compassion, empathy and kindness when I've been in this job. That has been my predominant experience."