Tāmati Coffey commemorates 40th birthday with heartfelt tribute to his mum

Labour MP Tāmati Coffey has celebrated his 40th birthday by paying tribute to his mum in a heartfelt Facebook post.

The Waiariki MP shared an adorable message to his loved ones on Thursday morning, thanking his mum "who did the hard yards on this day 40 years ago".

"You did good, mum," he wrote. 

Coffey also acknowledged his husband Tim Smith, who he married in a civil union in 2011. The couple have been together for 12 years and share a two-month-old son, Tūtānekai.

"I also acknowledge my Tim, who has been on the ride with me for the last 12 years on the most beautiful and exciting journey," Coffey wrote.

"Finally, I think of our son, Tūtānekai, who we continue to see as our gift.

"I wonder what life will be like for him 40 years from now."

Coffey, who started his career as a successful TV personality, then thanked his "special friends and whānau" who have been a part of his journey.

The post has been well-received by his fans and supporters, amassing 900 likes and over 200 comments from well-wishers.

Earlier this month Coffey commemorated his first Father's Day with another adorable Facebook post.