Mu­seum throws a roar­ing soiree

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PAUL MITCHELL

The open­ing of Te Manawa’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion al­most seemed like any other.

Politi­cians, pa­trons and VIPs schmoozed, ducked un­der tails, snacked on savoury pies and pat­ted a 2-me­tre tall ex­tinct preda­tor on the head.

The ado­les­cent T-Rex, pup­peted by a per­former con­cealed in­side a shoul­der­mounted ro­botic rig, min­gled with the crowd gath­ered to cel­e­brate the open­ing of Di­nosaur En­counter in Palmer­ston North on Fri­day night. Di­nosaur cre­ations were also seen at the city’s air­port and a spring fes­ti­val the next day.

Te Manawa is the first mu­seum in the south­ern hemi­sphere to host the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is from the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don. Te Manawa con­cepts and en­gage­ment leader Kris­telle Plim­mer said Palmer- ston North was lucky to get such a won­der­ful ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘[The Di­nosaur En­counter team] hap­pened to have a slot com­ing up with enough time to trans­port it to New Zealand. As soon as it’s done here it heads back to Europe.’’

Palmer­ston North mayor Grant Smith said Te Manawa had done a great job se­cur­ing such a ex­clu­sive high-pro­file ex­hi­bi­tion

‘‘ Events like th­ese re­ally help grow our rep­u­ta­tion. Palmer­ston North is be­ing men­tioned as a host city along­side Paris and Shang­hai – all the great cities of the world.’’

‘‘Palmer­ston North is be­ing men­tioned as a host city along­side...the great cities of the world.’’ Grant Smith

DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Young trav­ellers are sur­prised but not scared by a visit of a di­nosaur to Palmer­ston North Air­port. Sarah Nagy, 8, and Con­nor Nagy, 6, check out the di­nosaur.

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