The New Zealand speaker of parliament, Trevor Mallard, took the role of a babysitter as he cradled an MP’s baby while presiding over a debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Mallard shared heartwarming photos of himself with the lawmaker’s baby on Twitter.
In the images, Mallard can be seen cradling and feeding milk to Tamati Coffey’s baby from a bottle. “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,” Mallard wrote while sharing the photos.
Take a look:
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
Coffey had announced the birth of his son in July. On Wednesday, he attended a parliamentary debate along with his baby after coming back from paternity leave.
Heartwarming pictures of Mallard and the baby have gone viral on the microblogging platform. Here are some of the reactions.
Thank you for normalising the family unit. We need to see more of this. Work places need to adapt to enable this behaviour.
— Rachael Egan (@ljudzia) August 21, 2019
There’s a lot to love about this photo! I also noticed the fluffy sheepskin chair. It looks perfect for naps ☺️
Congratulations on the new addition 🎉
— 💧Dr Jos 🇦🇺🇫🇷🇱🇧 (@redruby17) 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
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
In July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had shared pictures of him playing with the granddaughter of Rajya Sabha MP Satyanarayan Jatiya. The photos had created quite a buzz on social media.