Praise For New Zealand's Speaker For Cradling MP's Bub During Debate
New Zealand's parliamentary speaker has taken on a new role in parliament: babysitting.
Trevor Mallard tweeted a photo of himself cradling and feeding a labour MP's baby boy in the speaker's seat on Wednesday.
Tāmati Coffey was locked in a heated debate on his first day back from paternity leave when he handed Tūtānekai over to the father-of-three.
Mallard tweeted a photo of himself looking right at home as he fed the sleepy newborn in the speaker's seat.
"Normally the Speaker's chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me," he said before congratulating the new parents.
Coffey also posted a photo of himself holding the tiny potential politician with the caption "I JUST LOVE HIM!"
Social media users applauded his actions.
"New Zealand....you might be a small country, but you have a huge lesson to teach the world! Great photo!" one user said.
"This is why I love New Zealand," said another.
"This small action speaks mountains," a third from Perth responded.
It's not the first time a baby has been introduced to parliament, in fact, babies appear to be becoming more commonplace.
Australian Senator Larissa Waters made headlines in 2017 after becoming the first politician to breastfeed her daughter Alia Joy on the floor of Federal Parliament.
While last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took newborn baby Neve along to her debut speech at the UN in New York.
Her partner Clarke Gayford, who is also Neve's primary carer, held her as Ardern spoke.
The practice of having children in government meetings hasn't been welcomed in all countries, with Kenyan MP Zuleika Hassan booted from Parliament just last week for bringing her five-month-old into the chamber.