our story

In 2006, Jason & Kate Lindsey knew that after spending almost a decade working in Film & Television in Los Angeles, it was time to move their family to Kate's hometown of Christchurch. Jason continued his career in Film & Television, commuting to Los Angeles for the next four years, while Kate took care of their young children.

Eventually the travel became tiresome, so when their girls were both at school age they moved to Dunedin for Kate to pursue her new career in Aviation, and she is still working in that industry full-time. It didn't take long to fall in love with Dunedin, so they purchased the historic Ross & Glendining building at 8 Stafford Street, which was the impetus for their Shared Office Space.

what it's about

It was decided that creating a great culture in the space would be the top priority - hence the name, Petridish. It’s a name that plays off of Culture and Growth.

The members make our community what it is - friendly, helpful, collaborative, inspiring and inclusive. An additional 700sqm on the third floor has recently opened and is filling up quickly. A community function space is now open on the ground floor, which joins to one of Dunedin's best cafés, Ombrellitos. Over the next year, Petridish will expand another 1400sqm to meet demand, including fifteen more office suites, Editing, Foley & Sound Suites for content production, live video podcast suites, and an Inventors Lab/Workshop for early stage prototyping. If you can dream it up, you can do it at Petridish.