PHotos of the New Zealand parliamentary speaker cradling a colleague's baby while chairing a debate have received praise on social media.
Trevor Mallard, speaker at the House of Representatives of the country, posted an image on his Twitter page of him feeding MP Tamati Coffey's newborn son while sitting in the speaker's chair.
He endorsed the snap: "Normally the speaker's chair is only used by presidents, but today a VIP took the chair. Congratulations tamaticoffey and Tim with the newest member of your family."
The photos have since been shared hundreds of times and have been liked, many of whom greeted Mallard for taking on the babysitting service.
"New Zealand …. you may be a small country, but you have a huge lesson to teach the world!", One Twitter user said, while another added: "That's the best thing I've done in years have seen." "