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. Four years later, they purchased the historic Ross & Glendining building at 8 Stafford Street, which was the impetus for their Shared Office Space. They 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 Level 1 has recently opened and is filling up quickly. Ombrellitos café opens in July, and, shortly after, a community function space will be open on the ground floor. Over the following year, Petridish will expand another 1400sqm to meet demand. It will include Mums & Bubs space, a Green Screen & Motion Capture Studio, Editing, Foley & Sound Suites, and a Maker Space. If you can dream it up, the Petridish community can help you make it a reality — anything’s possible!

Petridish also has a helping hand during all of this

Monte is our office dog, he is 10yrs old and is a little deaf (could be selective...). He spends his time sleeping, eating, sleeping, wandering the floor looking for pats and sleeping.  He knows ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘away’, but you will have to use hand signals! ​​ Whenever you are in need of some inspiration, Monte is there to help!

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