Max­ine’s a di­nosaur fan

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

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.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Open book: Max­ine Tay­lor, 12, would love to take tours in the fu­ture.

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