One of New Zealand’s top lawmakers is getting international acclaim after he was filmed cradling and feeding a fellow lawmaker’s new baby during a debate in Parliament.
Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, was seen the viral video smiling as he held on the baby and fed him with a bottle while presiding over a parliamentary session.
A photo of the Speaker of New Zealand's Parliament feeding a legislator's baby while carrying out his duties has been shared all over the world. pic.twitter.com/G8MvuuAOkb
— SBS News (@SBSNews) August 22, 2019
Mallard posted a photo of himself on Twitter holding lawmaker Tāmati Coffey’s one-month-old boy while on duties.
“Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers, but today a VIP took the chair with me. He congratulated Coffey, a fellow Labour lawmaker, and his partner on the new member of their family.
Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family. pic.twitter.com/47ViKHsKkA
— Trevor Mallard (@SpeakerTrevor) August 21, 2019
I JUST LOVE HIM!! https://t.co/f3MVmzxq1v
— Tāmati Coffey (@tamaticoffey) August 21, 2019