Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Zealand's Speaker Goes Viral After Feeding Colleague's Baby

New Zealand's Speaker Goes Viral After Feeding Colleague's Baby

"There are times when I can be vaguely useful", Mallard told Reuters and added that he tries to help take care for lawmakers' babies whenever possible.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern made history a year ago by becoming the first female world leader to bring her baby to the United Nations general assembly.

Mr Coffey and husband Tim Smith's son, Tūtānekai Smith-Coffey, was born in the early hours of July 10.

Coffey posted a picture of himself holding up the wee boy - first tweeted by Green MP Golriz Ghahraman - under the words: "I just love him".

Meanwhile, the cuteness level rose tenfold when Speaker Trevor Mallard took on the role of babysitter.

A baby joined New Zealand's Parliament Wednesday. "Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family", he wrote.

Mallard is a political veteran, and a father of three adult children, with six grandchildren.

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Last September she brought the baby girl to the United Nations' annual gathering in NY.

"He's here and he came into this world surrounded by his village", Mr Coffey said on Instagram last month.

Weeks ago - footage circulated of Zuleikha Hassan, a Kenyan lawmaker, also being kicked out of parliament for bringing her baby to work.

Some members of the parliament also took to the microblogging service to express their delight over little Tūtānekai's presence in the house.

About a dozen MPs have had children in a parliamentary baby boom, and fellow legislators were quick to welcome Tutanekai to the burgeoning group.

Mr Mallard, 65, has been speaker of the House of Representatives since November 2017.

The same month, British MP Jo Swinson - now the Liberal Democrat leader - brought her three-month-old baby into the House of Commons chamber in London.

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