New Zealand Parliament Speaker Gets Applauded For Feeding A Baby During Speech
By Izza Sofia, 23 Aug 2019
The New Zealand Parliament had a special guest during a recent meeting—a newborn baby.
The speaker for New Zealand’s House of Representative, Trevor Mallard, was captured feeding the son of lawmaker Tamati Coffey while presiding over a parliamentary debate.
Mallard shared photos of the precious moment on Twitter, writing, “Today a VIP took the chair with me.” He also congratulated Coffey, who had just returned from paternity leave, and his partner on the newest addition to their family.
A member from the Green Party, Gareth Hughes, also uploaded an image of Mallard holding up the baby, with the caption, “Lovely to have a baby in the House.”
Videos of Mallard cradling the baby have made their rounds on the internet. In one iconic moment, Mallard was filmed telling a lawmaker that his time to speak had run out, and the baby seemed to gurgle in agreement.
Viewers have praised the speaker for the gesture, expressing their wish for such behavior to be normalized in the working sector.
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
New Zealand's speaker, Trevor Mallard fed an MP's baby during a parliamentary session. The baby is the son of Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith. https://t.co/5ig2my4IZY pic.twitter.com/7ZyMeglaYT— euronews (@euronews) August 22, 2019
I JUST LOVE HIM!! https://t.co/f3MVmzxq1v— Tāmati Coffey (@tamaticoffey) August 21, 2019
This is sending a great message that men👏can👏take👏care👏of👏babies👏 too. There's no need to be afraid of holding and feeding a baby. He looks so comfortable. Wonderul! 💖— The Amazon is on fire (@JaccHiHey) August 21, 2019
How come New Zealand just seem to get everything right. Beautiful photos.— Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull (@LordHull) August 22, 2019
New Zealand....you might be a small country, but you have a huge lesson to teach the world! Great photo!— 💧Beau Beau (@TBeaubeau) August 21, 2019
[via TIME, opening image via Trevor Mallard]
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