A video has emerged showing Trevor Mallard, speaker of New Zealand’s parliament, feeding a colleague’s baby while presiding over a plenary section.
In the viral video, Mallard was seen feeding the baby through a transparent feeder, assuming the role of a babysitter, while he presided over the house.
He had taken to his Twitter page on Wednesday to share the images, saying he shared his seat with the baby belonging to a member of parliament, Tamati Coffey, while performing his duty.
“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,” he wrote.
Coffey had announced the birth of her son, Tutanekai Smith, six weeks ago. He was born via a surrogate mother and he is the biological son of Tim Smith, Coffer’s partner.