A special guest of the New Zealand House of Representatives almost broke the internet recently. New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard shared a photo on social media of himself feeding one-month old Tutanekai Smith-Coffey, the son of fellow lawmaker Tamati Coffey.
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
Mr. Coffey had brought the infant to work on his first day back from paternity leave. The New Zealand Speaker fed and rocked the baby during what was a heated debate on the floor of the house. This comes just weeks after Kenyan lawmaker Zulekha Hassan was kicked out of parliament for bringing her baby into the chambers.
— Gareth Hughes (@GarethMP) August 21, 2019
This is not the first time that a New Zealand baby has made headlines. In 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden became one of very few world leaders to give birth while in office. She also went to the United Nations General Assembly in New York with her baby later that year.
Fellow lawmakers and other people around the world took to social media to praise this move, which was considered very progressive and something that should be copied by other countries.
What a powerful and soulful picture!!!
A lawmaker @tamaticoffey in New Zealand brought his baby to the parliament after coming back from paternity leave. The House speaker @SpeakerTrevor babysat for him during a debate. pic.twitter.com/KaqMyIYhdv
— Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) August 21, 2019
New Zealand … showing the rest of the world how it’s done … again and again 👏👏👏
— Noaman Saleem 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@Fasttopaz) 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
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