Our Story

After scrolling through and being tired of the same “success” stories online, Steven and Elina wanted to share the journeys of their amazing friends. We wanted to celebrate people who are social workers, local artists and local politicians, sex workers and teachers.

We also wanted to see more diverse stories! These narratives are rarely shared in the media, making us feel like we are not good enough unless we fit into a very narrow measure of success.

We did our first interviews for Storyo in June 2019 and have been hooked on it ever since!
Storyo event photo

Our Mission

Our mission is to show you the vulnerable and honest sides of everyone’s journey. To show you that, we are all here on the same page - raw, unsure, inspired & uninspired, fighting and figuring stuff out together!

On top of that, statistics around the gender and ethnic pay gap, hiring practices, violence in communities point to deep structural issues. Storyo’s mission is to contribute to a culture shift that improves societal attitudes, behaviours, narratives of success and values of representations.

Storyo is not just a digital platform, we run community events, gatherings to connect over kai, arts and a good chat - so join us! 

What We're Up To Now

Last update: 3 December 2023

Our Sex & Health Stories series is finally out!!! This is the first time we've been platformed on a major national platform - RNZ (which is, you know, khm khm very exciting). The series features 25 people sharing about sexual health, periods, reproductive health and pleasure. Exploring taboo topics through personal storytelling! We talk about myths, challenges, crappy narratives and liberations.

Currently, I'm organising a bunch of events for early 2023 to screen the series and connect - so follow us on Instagram for updates! 

Oh and... we won Impact Awards in the Inclusion Category for 2023! Can you believe it? 🥹