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Wellington, NZ: Breaking Through

  • Third Eye 30 Arthur Street Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

The Story Collider returns to the Wellington home stage for our first New Zealand show of 2019.  Join us Tuesday 12 March for a night of true, personal stories about science told live on stage.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 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:

Stories by: Emily Campbell, David Carmel, Sharon Pendlebury, Dave Lowe and Cami Sawyer.


Emily Campbell (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mate, Chinese, Pākehā ) works at Massey University's Joint Centre for Disaster Research. Her career in disaster risk reduction research may not seem like the natural progression from a design degree. Emily is passionate about issues of social justice and values how her work enables her to make a difference in people lives. Emily uses her design degree to apply design thinking in problem-solving to create innovative, out of the box products and processes.


Sharon Pendlebury has been a Primary School teacher for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, she now teaches 5- and 6-year olds in Wanaka. Despite the fact that her own high school science experiences were not entirely positive, she has a passion for teaching science to children of all ages. After completing the Science Teaching Leadership Programme in 2015 she has been involved with several Citizen Science projects in Wanaka, connecting children with real science in the local community.


Dave Lowe has a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Cologne. When he was a young kiwi physics honours grad, he was employed by Prof Dave Keeling - the first person to identify the unrelenting rise of CO2 in the atmosphere - to help set up the first continuous measurements of atmospheric CO2 in the southern hemisphere. Dave has worked in Germany, New Zealand and the USA and was a lead author for a United Nations IPCC report on climate change in 2007. Dave is chillingly aware that the measurements he helped begin are an indicator that humans are modifying the planet at an unprecedented rate. He is passionate about combining first-hand experience from his long career in atmospheric science with creative fiction techniques to help inform and change people’s beliefs and habits.


Cami Sawyer is a mathematician and teacher of mathematics at Massey University in Palmerston North.  She loves helping students be successful in learning and making sense of mathematics.  She grew up in the USA and cannot seem to shake the accent even after being in New Zealand for 12 years.  She is passionate about mathematics education at all levels and creating opportunities for people to connect to each other through stories, which she does by running Pūrerehua: True Stories Told Live in Palmy


David Carmel grew up reading Oliver Sacks and loving the weird stories of what goes wrong in people's brains, so he became a neuroscientist. He spends his days trying to figure out how the brain creates consciousness, and his nights trying to remember why he ever thought he could accomplish this. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington.