Broadway Radiology Brings Dinosaurs to Life
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.