Eastern Courier : January 17th 2014
www.easterncourier.co.nz NEWS EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 17, 2014 Dinosaurs make appearance A TERRIFYING treat awaits visitors to Butterfly Creek. The wildlife park at Auck- land Airport has opened its latest attraction – a dinosaur enclosure that will take people on a journey into the prehistoric world. Lifelike dinosaurs, some up to 23 metres in length, will be on display alongside skeleton and fossil replicas. The exhibit is the only one of its type in the country, Butterfly Creek general manager John Dowsett says. It includes a lumbering diplodocus, a feathered archaeopteryx and a number of hungry tyrannosaurus rex. Motors housed inside many of the dinosaurs’ bodies mean they can breathe, roar, move their jaws and thrash their tails. Mr Dowsett says edu- cation is a key feature of the exhibit. Children can touch many of the displays or get their photo taken inside a velociraptor cage or a giant egg. Dinosaur Kingdom’s grand opening will be held this weekend and there’ll be a barbecue, giveaway and free face painting. The opening runs from today until Sunday, 9am till 5.30pm at 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport. Cutting edge: The dinosaur exhibit is the only one of its type in the country, Butterfly Creek general manager John Dowsett says. 3 Toothy terror: A tyrannosaurus rex towers over visitors to Butterfly Creek. Fearsome match: A moving tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops face off. Line up: Velociraptors wait in a storage shed ahead of Dinosaur Kingdom’s grand opening weekend. Your chance to win tickets to Auckland Nines The countdown is on to the biggest sporting event of the summer – the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on February 15 and 16. Auckland Transport, in association with Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the Eastern Courier, has 50 double tickets to the weekend extravaganza to give away. Rugby league identity Sir Peter Leitch says the event is going to be huge. ‘‘Thirty-one games over one weekend, what a ripper.’’ All 16 NRL clubs will be competing with more than 250 star players taking part. Players like Sam Thaiday from the Brisbane Broncos ➤WIN PASSES Go into the draw to win tournament tickets for you and a mate. Email your name, address and daytime contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on January 29. Please remember to type NRL Auckland Nines Competition in the subject line. are also looking forward to the weekend and meeting fans in the leadup to the event. The tournament is on one of the busiest weekends of the year, and Sir Peter and Sam recommend public transport as the best way to get to Eden Park. Prepurchased ticket holders, and winners of our double passes, can travel on a special event bus or train from around Auckland. Special event buses to Eden Park will be provided for fans travelling from the North Shore. These buses will operate along the Northern Busway, departing from Albany. Buses will also be departing from Takapuna, Manukau, Botany, Pakuranga, Newmarket, Mt Eden and the central city. Travel by train is also included with a game ticket. Free travel starts two hours before kickoff and the Kingsland station and Morningside stations are just a few minutes’ walk from Eden Park. Streets around Eden Park, including Sandringham Rd, will be closed or have restricted access and parking. It is recommended to travel early to avoid delays. Full details at: http:/ /www.maxx.co.nz/info/events.aspx All set: Sir Peter Leitch, his grandson Reuben and league starSamThaiday recommend public transport for fans looking forward to the NRL Auckland Nines.
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