Singer, nappy changer, mayor


Nappy chang­ing and baby bathing is a breeze for new dad Nick Leggett al­though he ad­mits he’s not so good at get­ting up in the mid­dle of the night.

Life has just got a whole lot busier for the Porirua mayor and Welling­ton may­oral con­tender, but hav­ing a new­born is prov­ing to have an un­ex­pected side ef­fect.

‘‘I’m sur­prised how re­lax­ing it is look­ing af­ter him, hav­ing Tane has ac­tu­ally forced me to slow down and take time.

‘‘Peo­ple have said they’re sur­prised with how re­laxed I am...I can waste a whole evening just look­ing at him.’’

Leggett cred­its his re­laxed par­ent­ing to wife Emily who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing moth­er­hood for the se­cond time and does the late night feeds of their son.

With his cam­paign for the Welling­ton may­oralty ramp­ing up, he was en­joy­ing the quiet time spent with his new baby.

‘‘I’m def­i­nitely tak­ing my time with him, be­cause you don’t get that time back.

‘‘I’m lucky be­cause Emily knows what she’s do­ing and is so re­laxed which rubs off on Tane and I.

‘‘I do the baths and change the ma­jor­ity of the nappies. I’m not so good at the mid­dle of the night feed­ing, but we tag team a lot and share the work.’’

Tane was born on July 7, just hours af­ter Leggett launched his Welling­ton may­oral cam­paign.

‘‘We got fan­tas­tic care at Welling­ton Hospi­tal and the mid­wives re­ally helped set­tle Tane into a rou­tine.’’

The name Tane comes from Emily’s side of the fam­ily and all four of his grand­par­ents are rep­re­sented in the name.

‘‘He’s named Tane Fred­erik Pita Leggett, the names are Samoan, Maori and Pakeha be­cause he’s a mod­ern Porirua baby.’’

Emily said moth­er­hood had been very dif­fer­ent the se­cond time around and Tane’s older sister Madi had been a will­ing helper.

‘‘I’m a lot more con­fi­dent this time and more con­tent with where my life is at which makes ev­ery­thing more re­lax­ing.

‘‘Madi’s been the only child for 11 years, it’s been a big change for her, but she’s be­sot­ted with him.’’

She said Leggett was a hand­son Dad and sings his son to sleep, but her hus­band had a dif­fer­ent view on the suc­cess of his lul­la­bies.

‘‘He goes to sleep re­ally quickly be­cause he hopes the singing will stop.’’

Baby makes four: Porirua mayor Nick Leggett with new son Tane, step daugh­ter Madi Masaga-Pita,11 and wife Emily

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