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Wellington, NZ - Crossing Over

  • Fringe Bar 26 Allen St Wellington NZ (map)

The Story Collider returns to the Wellington home stage for our final New Zealand show of 2019.  Join us Sunday 3 November for a night of true, personal stories about science told live on stage.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early for the best seats. Seating is not pre-assigned or guaranteed.

Discount of 50% for members of SCANZ (Science Communicators Association of NZ). To join SCANZ visit:

Storytellers: Huhana Smith, Victoria Manning, Arihia Latham, Susan Rapley, and Rebekah White.


Huhana Smith

Huhana (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is a visual artist, curator and principle investigator in research who engages in major environmental, trans-disciplinary, kaupapa Māori and action-research projects. She works with teams across Massey’s College of Creative Arts across transdisciplinary spaces, discourses and realities by drawing contemporary art and design together, with mātauranga Māori, sciences and communities. For the complex environmental projects she leads or co-leads, she creates innovative approaches and outcomes, particularly with exhibitions as research techniques.


Victoria Manning

Raised in Lower Hutt and Deaf since age four, Victoria Manning’s first career was in psychology but her strong sense of social justice and experience in the USA saw her gavitate towards advocacy roles. Victoria led a 5 year long human rights complaint that resulted in the establishment of a telephone relay service enabling deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired people to access the telephone. She co-chaired the Government’s Disability Strategy review reference group and was the inaugral chairperson of the Government’s New Zealand Sign Language Board. One of Victoria’s career highlights was being chosen to represent disabled New Zealanders at the United Nations for New Zealand’s first reporting on its progress on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She was given a Queen’s Service Award for her services to the deaf and disabled communities in 2015.


Arihia Latham

Arihia Latham is of Ngāi Tahu Māori, English, Irish and Dutch descent and lives in Wellington. She is a facilitator, writer, rongoā practitioner and mother. She has a Bachelor in Health Science and her life has always woven itself between the arts and science. Her writing has featured in Huia short story collections, RNZ, Landfall and Oranui journals and online on the Poetry shelf and Awa wahine.


Susan Rapley

Susan has a PhD in Psychological Neuroscience from the University of Canterbury. Since graduating, Susan has been living in the adjunct hustle: Teaching at University of Otago, researching community engagement for South Auckland based Community Education Trust, and serving as a Be.Accessible 2019 fellow in leadership for social change. Susan finds time for peace in the chaos by living at a beach in the middle of nowhere. Number one goal currently is finding out whether "travelling storyteller" is a viable profession in the 21st century.


Rebekah White

Rebekah White is an award-winning magazine editor from Auckland, New Zealand. She edits New Zealand Geographic magazine, the bimonthly, independent publication of record which documents New Zealand culture, nature, and scientific research. In 2018, New Zealand Geographic won both of the country’s top prizes for magazine publishing, and Rebekah was the recipient of a grant from the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund.She writes about New Zealand for travel magazines such as SilverKris and Mabuhay. She also goes tramping with baguettes strapped either side of her pack.

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