In my time as Executive Director the Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust, I directed the Hawke's Bay Museum (in provincial New Zealand). I also had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the late Dr Joan Wiffen, N.Z.'s 'Dinosaur Lady'.
Joan and her husband discovered the first evidence of dinosaurs in northern Hawke's Bay and (at the time) without much assistance from the scientific community.
Before she began whacking rocks with a hammer, paleontologists were quite certain that New Zealand, a nation slightly smaller than Colorado, was one of the least likely places for dinosaurs to have lived.
At the Museum we determined to build the New Zealand Dinosaur Centre to honour her discoveries and achievements. Planning was well advanced when I left for a more senior position. I was delighted that the key exhibit was built and that Joan maintained an active interest in her passion well into her eighties.
As a former teacher and following my time with Joan it is fair to say that I too got bitten by the 'dinosaur bug' ! This is why, following the success and interest in Global Museum, I was determined to publish a new website that promoted the science and media coverage of all matters 'dinosaurial'
Please feel free to provide your feedback and suggestions for the site and I hope you enjoy what we have to offer.
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