In pictures: seven new puppets as The Backbencher reopens

by Toby Manhire / 26 February, 2013
Winston Peters, Metiria Turei, David Shearer and, erm, Ricki Herbert are newcomers at Wellington's answer to Madame Tussaud's.
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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