NZ House Speaker Feeds Baby in Parliament

In the middle of a session, the speaker of New Zealand's Parliament rocked and fed another lawmaker's baby. And it's not the first time this has happened…

Making parliament more child-friendly

New Zealand Parliamentary Speaker Trevor Mallard Fed a colleague’s baby while presiding over a debate. The one-month-old baby, Tūtānekai, was born through surrogacy. He’s the son of lawmaker Tāmati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith. August 21 marked Coffey’s return to Parliament after his paternity leave. Mallard said that he wanted to help his colleague. Gareth Hughes, another parliamentary member, shared a photo of the young father with his son on Twitter. This is not a first for Mallard — in 2017, he babysat for parliamentary member Willow-Jean Prime’s 3-month-old daughter. Their presence provides a boost to morale, evidenced from the eagerness of official messengers to swap their usual document deliveries for the task of taking an infant into parliament instead, he said.

But worker rights advocates said few New Zealanders get the same rights to balance caring for their families with work, and they hope the high-profile parliamentary babies will bring a wider change in working conditions. Tania Te Whenua, a Maori lawyer who is working on a case for New Zealand’s largest union, the Public Service Association, alleging discrimination against indigenous Maori women employees, said she had felt hostility in previous workplaces over her young children visiting her at work. In September 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought her three-month-old daughter, Neve, to a UN meeting. Her daughter Neve Te Aroha made headlines in September when she accompanied Ms. Ardern to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The newborn joins many other babies in the legislature after Mr. Mallard relaxed rules in 2017 to make parliament more child friendly. She expressed support for the parliament speaker’s family policies. Mr. Mallard, a political veteran, and father of three adult children, with six grandchildren, hoped more employers would follow his lead.


08/22/2019 6:58 PM


  • Batz N.
    09/28/2019 17:56

    Some people are just natural around babies. Probably a wonderful grandfather

  • Cyn W.
    09/22/2019 19:44

    Bring your baby with you and while you work I will Happily help you care and watch over your child while you do your job and make your money to be able to provide for your child, sitters and child care are not always reliable.

  • Jade V.
    09/22/2019 05:56

    Really thought this was cute up till the "partner" 😂🤷

  • Santia Á.
    09/13/2019 13:21

    Mecio,acunó, no es sacudió,pensaran que fué maltratado.

  • Laurie E.
    09/13/2019 06:57

    Geez, people!!! I thought it’s sweet. ♥️♥️♥️

  • Nilda A.
    09/13/2019 03:18


  • Luis R.
    09/13/2019 02:43

    This guy is the real deal!

  • UsoMaki C.
    09/13/2019 01:43

    Playin yah like a fiddle

  • Glenn L.
    09/12/2019 18:20


  • Burt B.
    09/10/2019 02:31

    What it says is sometimes you can feed a baby in public without a breast!

  • Daly A.
    09/07/2019 21:20

    aprende 😊

  • Luz C.
    09/07/2019 03:26

    Eso está muy bien deberían implementarlo aquí haber si estos machos se sencibilizan y se dejan de tonterías q lo q hacen es j..... al país. Se tenía que decir y se ha dicho. 🤣🤣🤣😋😋😋🤣

  • Mary G.
    09/02/2019 07:29

    It's a wonderful gesture but it needs to be done in private.. Unless it's a deliberate attempt to make a statement and example about child care not being restricted to any gender, this is completely OTT in my opinion. Baby care is no child's play and requires attention, which means you can't really 100 % attend to the work you're actually signed up for, if you literally turn up to a meeting cradling a baby. The child doesn't need to be brought into a work environment, which is not restful, as also, work shouldn't suffer and colleagues shouldn't feel short changed by your divided attention. Stay home and care for the baby. Take turns. Whatever works.

  • Mildred L.
    08/31/2019 13:15

    Good action jaaa

  • Keyette C.
    08/31/2019 05:54

    Sooooooo what

  • Sandy H.
    08/29/2019 10:55

    so sweet

  • Luis R.
    08/27/2019 17:59

    All the bad politicians are in the US senate..o and the presidency.

  • Munir S.
    08/27/2019 11:26


  • Ramchandar P.
    08/27/2019 08:19


  • Jamillah S.
    08/26/2019 17:02

    Thank you & Respect .

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