In pictures: seven new puppets as The Backbencher reopens

By Toby Manhire In Politics

26th February, 2013
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The watering hole on parliament’s doorstep reopened this evening, with the Wellington institution (the pub, not the parliament) having undergone an extensive refurbishment following a pair of fires.

A number of The Backbencher’s famous puppets – most of which date from the 90s Gibson Group show Public Eye – suffered immolation in the blazes, but many survived. And seven new puppets were commissioned, and unveiled at tonight’s launch.

Here they are, thanks to a report on 3 News (watch it here) and pics tweeted by MPs …

 

Metiria Turei, photographed by Metiria Turei. She liked. “I screamed with delight when i saw her, eco warrior princess with great boots and a bad attitude.”

Gerry Brownlee, again snapped and tweeted by Turei (“Gerry says he’s pretty happy with the body”)

John Key and his crystal ball (Pic: Clare Curran).

David Shearer in what appears to be a toga.

Winston Peters, wineboxing. Sorry, just boxing.

Bill English does visceral finance. (Pic: Clare Curran)

Ricki Herbert, who was manager of the Wellington Phoenix football side, until he lost his job this morning. An omen? Perhaps a future as an MP awaits.

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