Maxine’s a dinosaur fan
Some girls like makeup and dresses, but Maxine Taylor prefers dinosaurs.
The well-spoken 12-yearold was one of four children chosen as part of a competition to be a tour guide at Te Papa’s Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibition.
‘‘I like dinosaurs because they are just so different to other animals and creatures. Not many girls my age are into dinosaurs,’’ she said.
The Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Whitby student said that as soon as the teacher told her class about it, she knew she would apply. Her application included a video about why she liked dinosaurs and three best facts about them.
‘‘I’ve been told I am very good at talking and I like being in a crowd. I like attention.’’
Maxine said when about 40 people showed up on her tour day, December 17, she was a little nervous.
‘‘We worked through it. It was exciting telling everyone about dinosaurs.
‘‘ We had two dinosaur enthusiasts at the front who were basically giving the tour.’’
Te Papa senior educator Scott Ogilvie said it was the first time the museum had had children guiding tours.
‘‘ With a topic such as dinosaurs, we knew there were kids out there who knew a lot more about dinosaurs than most adults and we wanted to give them a chance to share their knowledge and passion for dinosaurs with other likeminded children,’’ he said.
Ogilvie said Maxine had worked hard to study for her tour.
‘‘She was very confident and animated and had the audience enthralled. She even managed to answer the particularly curly questions from some very knowledgeable and curious participants.’’
Fellow Samuel Marsden student MacKenzie Hobbs is one of the two guides on the final tour, on January 21. It has sold out.
Te Papa’s Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibition runs until February 8.
Open book: Maxine Taylor, 12, would love to take tours in the future.