Pub gives new life to political puppets

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Prime Minister John Key's new Backbencher Pub puppet
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JIVE TALKING: Prime Minister John Key got a little night fever when his new puppet was unveiled at the Backbencher Pub on Tuesday night.

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Prime Minister John Key's puppet was quickly dubbed John Travolta when it was unveiled at the reopening of the Backbencher pub near Parliament in Wellington last night.

Mr Key's puppet, mounted in pride of place in the new bar, depicts the prime minister as a suave entertainer in a shiny suit and blue tie.

"Bronagh would look great as Olivia Newton-John," he said as he unveiled the puppet. "She's a way better mover than I am."

NZ First leader Winston Peters, needless to say took a contrary view: "Grease is certainly the word," he said.

Mr Peters is depicted as boxer, in a suit and tie. "I've had a few knockdowns in my time, there'll be a few more," he said.

"Grease was a great movie, but that Johnny Travolta up there he'd better watch out.

"It's a case of more grease than Saturday Night Fever."

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, who described his puppet as very flattering, is depicted as a builder in a hard hat, amid the Christchurch red zone.

"It's one of those things most politicians are very, very impressed by when they do get a puppet in this hotel. I'm honoured," he said.

"I am just so delighted that they have recognised a Christchurch theme as well here. Just as the Backbencher has come back from the ashes, so too will Christchurch, no worries."

The pub, in Molesworth St, has reopened after two fires last year.

Finance Minister Bill English, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, Labour leader David Shearer and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira were among other politicians to have their puppets unveiled last night.

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