Giving Kiwis An Educational Tour Of The Human Body

Press Release – BODY WORLDS Vital

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, says BODY 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 Vital tickets 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.


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