Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy Brings Di­nosaurs to Life

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One of the big­gest ex­hi­bi­tions ever to come to Te Manawa has lo­cal spon­sors such as Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy to thank.

The Lon­don Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum’s Di­nosaur En­counter opens at Te Manawa on Septem­ber 24 and will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 25 next year. It’s the first time the ex­hi­bi­tion has been shown in the South­ern Hemi­sphere and Te Manawa is the exclusive North Is­land venue for Di­nosaur En­counter.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Andy Lowe, says the sup­port of spon­sors such as Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy is key to mak­ing large ex­hi­bi­tions the best they can be.

“Bring­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of such a high cal­i­bre as Di­nosaur En­counter from the far side of the world is a tremen­dous un­der­tak­ing. By work­ing to­gether with lo­cal busi­ness we can make the ex­pe­ri­ence truly mem­o­rable,” he says.

Andy Lowe ex­plains that sup­port from the busi­ness com­mu­nity helps Te Manawa to am­plify the ex­pe­ri­ence “through our ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes that will link lo­cal pre­his­toric events and our own nat­u­ral his­tory.”

A mas­sive Tyran­nosaurus Rex will stand as the 4.5 me­tre tall cen­tre­piece and will be joined by other well-known crea­tures such as Tricer­atops, Anky­losaurus and Or­nithomimus.

The gallery is be­ing trans­formed into a pri­mor­dial jun­gle for the mas­sive beasts to in­habit. Re­pro­duc­tions of fos­sil re­mains add breadth to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been de­vel­oped by the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don where de­sign­ers and sci­en­tists worked closely to­gether to cre­ate an un­prece­dented level of re­al­ism. In all nine mov­ing di­nosaur mod­els will be brought to life by state-of-the-art an­i­ma­tron­ics.

“We’re so ex­cited to bring this ex­hi­bi­tion to New Zealand for the first time,” Andy Lowe says. “Di­nosaurs are a con­stant in the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion. There’s no bet­ter light­ing rod for both sci­ence and nat­u­ral his­tory.”

Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy is lo­cally owned and op­er­ated and its Gen­eral Man­ager, Dun­can Scott, says, in iden­ti­fy­ing with the com­mu­nity, it wants to sup­port ex­cel­lence through its spon­sor­ship pro­gramme.

“Te Manawa is a cul­tural icon and op­por­tu­ni­ties such as this to spon­sor Di­nosaur En­counter en­able the com­mu­nity to be en­riched through an ex­hi­bi­tion that will en­hance their ed­u­ca­tion and life ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says.

“Di­nosaur En­counter, which is here for five months and ex­tends through the Christ­mas hol­i­days, will be a great draw­card for our city and im­press upon peo­ple that Palmer­ston North is an im­por­tant busi­ness hub and has many out­stand­ing at­trac­tions.”

2016 is a mile­stone year for the city’s pre-em­i­nent provider of imaging ser­vices. It’s al­ready spon­sored Cen­tre­point for the third year in a row and now Te Manawa. In De­cem­ber it will re­lo­cate to its new multi-mil­lion dol­lar fa­cil­ity in Grey Street to fur­ther aug­ment its ser­vices to the Manawatu and Horowhenua re­gions.

A three-quar­ters Tyran­nosaurus Rex is un­leashed in Palmer­ston North.

Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy’s Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Dr Peter Dixon, su­per­vises a CT scan of a di­nosaur egg.

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