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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – First of its kind, the internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring real human bodies is landing in Auckland on 23 April 2018. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Vital is set to be an educational eye-opener.

9th February 2018

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    • Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ internationally acclaimed exhibition lands in New Zealand for the first time
    • More than 50 New Zealand schools sign up for educational experience at health and wellness exhibit
    • Eye-opening event gives Kiwis an inside look at how lifestyles truly impact your body


    Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – First of its kind, internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring real human bodies is landing in Auckland on 23 April 2018.  Gunther von Hagens’BODY WORLDS Vital is set to be an educational eye opener.

    The exhibition, stationed at Hilton Exhibition Centre (Princes Wharf, Auckland), will give New Zealanders young and old the chance to see the intricate workings of the body’s interior through the visual display of donated human specimens.

    The 150 anatomical specimens – donated for the benefit of public education - have gone through a meticulous year long process of ‘plastination’. The resultant specimens illustrate how lifestyle decisions impact the wellbeing and health of our body.

    The BODY WORLDS exhibitions were founded by anatomist and scientist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the plastination process and Dr. Angelina Whalley physician and conceptual designer; curating one of the world’s most successful travelling exhibitions since their inception.  

    “Through plastination I could present the body in a memorable and beautiful way so that people could learn about anatomy, disease and health. I’ve seen visitors ditch their cigarette packs at the sight of a smoker’s lung – and to me this is proof that I am accomplishing what I set out to achieve.”

    “Overall, I would say that people are fascinated to see the body in this way and I hope this exhibition allows people to see how truly exceptional life is,” says Dr. Angelina Whalley.

    On display since 1995, BODY WORLDS has attracted more than 45 million visitors in over 120 cities across America, Africa, Asia and Europe, and XPO Events’ Managing Director, Brent Spillane expects New Zealand’s interest levels to match those of other host nations.

    “A chance to marvel at what lies beneath the skin, the exhibition explores how everything we do – exercise, diet, smoking – impacts our bodies.   Two thirds of global visitors walk away making positive changes to their own health and wellbeing, so we hope to influence similar positive change with many 1000s of event goers at home.”

    With support from Partners Life Insurance, ATEED and Life Education Trust, BODY WORLDS Vital is positioned to schools as a life changing opportunity to educate students on human biology and anatomy. 

    The exhibition has garnered significant interest from schools across the country, with more than 50 already planning to include the event in the curriculum and many set to bring the entire school.  John O’Connell, CEO of Life Education Trust, saysBODY WORLDS Vital is going to be a fascinating experience for students, teachers and the community alike.

    “There’s nothing more powerful than seeing the inner workings of a real human body to capture children’s understanding and empower them to make positive lifestyle change. We’re really excited to see the response from school groups. Life Education are currently developing student learning booklets to aid teachers preparing to attend this exhibition.” O’Connell says.

    BODY WORLDS Vitaltickets go on sale from the 9th February and opens in Auckland on the 23rd April 2018.  Visit Dr. Angelina Whalley will be available for media interviews during the exhibit preview.



    For more information, please contact:

    Kate Gilbert - for BODY WORLDS Vital; 021 0436 108


    Cassidy Meredith - for BODY WORLDS Vital; 021 752 586


    Event call:

    Opening date: Monday 23 April, 2018

    Venue: Hilton Exhibition Centre (Princes Wharf, Auckland CBD)

    Hours: 10:00am – 17:00pm, daily



    About BODY WORLDS Vital:

    BODY WORLDS Vital is uniquely curated for Auckland by Dr. Angelina Whalley to show diseases and ailments that affect individuals most frequently and to show the fragility, resilience and strength of the human body. The extraordinary real specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health. Visitors will marvel at the life processes that are captured in the exhibition and will leave with a new appreciation of the power we have to keep our bodies healthy. Specimens on display stem from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation program and are preserved through plastination, a remarkable scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This new presentation focuses on contemporary diseases and ailments that afflict the public and how everyday lifestyle choices can improve health and wellness.

    Highlights of BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition:

    • More than 150 specimens. Visitors to BODY WORLDS Vital will see more than one hundred and fifty real human specimens including iconic whole body plastinates. All specimens are preserved by the revolutionary process of plastination, invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
    • Interactive elements include the "Anatomical Mirror", where visitors will see how vital organs are positioned in their own body. 
    • A documentary photo display showcases longevity and healthy ageing, while another details how people around the world fuel their bodies.
    • Training Areasinclude"Save your Spine" offering ergonomic tips to help keep your body in alignment.
    • Understanding Brain Health: Diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are explored through detailed specimens, brain scans, an exploratory video and more. 
    • Health and Disease Revealed: Healthy organs are shown in direct comparison with diseased organs, to reveal the physical impact of disease on the body systems and organs.  
    • Infographics: A series of informative and easy to read information graphics are designed to give visitors insights to various diseases and conditions that affect the various systems of the body.
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