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Descipher is about communication. You have a story – and Descipher has the tools to help you tell it.
Sarah Wilcox has seven years’ experience writing creative and engaging web content and magazine articles. She specialises in science writing and plain English communication.

About Sarah

“I love the challenge of translating complex information for a public audience. I’m a natural communicator and ‘people person’. I have an honours degree in chemistry and a postgraduate diploma in heritage materials science.”

Sarah is a finalist in the 2015 Writemark Plain English Awards


    • 2015 finalist in the Best Technical Communicator category, Plain English awards
    • Specialist in science writing for web and print
    • Editing – copy and technical editing
    • Presentations, video production and script writing
    • Speeches and letters
    •  Traditional and social media development
    • Communications planning and strategy
Sarah Wilcox

Curious Minds website

Wrote text, sourced images and documented processes for a refreshed website. Curious Minds is a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) initiative.

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An expedition to the Kermadec Islands

A holiday/work trip to see the wonder of these islands for myself. I wrote a blog for DOC about the time spent on Raoul Island.

Dragonfly Data Science

Creating website content to showcase the work of this innovative small business.

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Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Annual report: sourced all images, wrote the research section and managed the production process.
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Department of Conservation

Production of factsheets profiling research in New Zealand’s marine protected areas. Wrote text, sourced images and used diagrams to help DOC tell their stories to the public and to the project sponsor.

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Robinson Research Institute

Full website production – client liaison, project management, site architecture, text writing, image sourcing, content loading – for a new website in Victoria University’s responsive template.

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Ministry for the Environment

Wrote 100-word summaries for the 30 finalists in this annual celebration of environmental heroes.

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Massey University

Writing, editing and laying out the university’s magazines using InDesign and Photoshop. DefiningNZ is also published on the iPad.
View definingnz website for examples of Descipher’s work.

Our Far South

As a crew member of Gareth Morgan’s (fabulous) trip to Antarctica in 2012, Sarah blogged about what she was seeing and learning each day. In the following year, she gave 40 talks to schools, churches and other community groups.
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Faculty of Science video

Producing a promotional video for the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

Knit the Periodic Table

Curating a fun project to celebrate and promote the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. 150 knitters from Hawaii to Scotland to New Zealand raced to secure an element to knit.
View Facebook page.

Learning Media

Writing engaging stories for New Zealand school children about earthquakes, ocean acidification, Happy Feet, severe weather and Argo floats.


A selection of Descipher’s work is featured below. Click an image to read more about the project.


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Get in touch

  • Descipher is based in Wellington, New Zealand. Please email Sarah via the contact form or give her a call to arrange a chat over coffee.

  • 027 267 7586