Backbencher puppets need new home

The New Zealand political puppets familiar to viewers of Public Eye in the 1980’s are looking for a new home following the fire that gutted the Backbencher pub in Wellington.

20 puppets of former prime ministers and political figures used to adorn the inside of the pub on Molesworth Street before the fire three weeks ago.

Owner Alistair Boyce is looking to home the puppets ahead of the pub’s restoration, which could take up to six months.

“I don’t want them thrown away because they are a piece of New Zealand history, but they need restoration and they are incredibly expensive to restore,” he said.

Five of the newer puppets – Peter Dunne, Pita Sharples, Don Brash, Bill English and Rodney Hide – had to be completely remade.

Source: TVNZ

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