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Chaplain At Large

Jill Kayser is the Splice team leader and chaplain at large to Auckland city centre. Jill seeks to nurture life giving relationships and create opportunities for promoting community and belonging for all who who live, work and play in our diverse and exciting city centre. When she's not working, Jill enjoys spending time with her family and dog in the Coromandel.


Head of Mission

John MacDonald is the Splice visionary and Superintendant. He has spent the last three years as a positive presence on the streets on the city, connecting with people who don't normally have a voice, meeting, talking and advocating for them. He has supported artistic practice, community building exercises, and social justice movements. He is passionate about bringing "heart-based" methodology to Splice's work, as a new unique presence in the city for empowering expression. John is a regular at the Occidental pub on Vulcan Lane.


Community Connector

Sandy Ritchie’s job title, ‘community connector’ expresses exactly what she does! Sandy addresses isolation in the city centre by connecting with residents and linking them to each other through regular interest groups. Friendships that develop through these groups develop a sense of belonging, increased confidence and a willingness to be involved and lead in the community. Sandy enjoys boogie boarding with her grandchildren on Waiheke Island!  Sandy’s role is part of a contractual agreement with the Department of Internal Affairs.


City Centre Fanatic

Mik Smellie, a local resident for 14 years, seeks innovative ways to build connections amongst city centre residents and splice in the business and the tertiary sectors of the neighbourhood, to create a city centre that hums the same tunes of joy and compassion.  Issues of information sharing, collaboration, and development of the social infrastructure of a geographical space once reserved for the world business but has now become a neighbourhood teeming with people who live, work, study, create and play. Mik enjoys exploring the countryside in his campervan.


Creative Communicator

Madison O'Dwyer is a Project Manager, Creative Communicator and Active Citizens Facilitator for Splice. She uses her background in poetry and visual arts to bring people together. Maddy advocates for youth empowerment and mental wellness in the city centre. When she's not working, she's writing copious pages of poetry for her next collection, or spoiling her rescue dogs.


Creative Consultant

Gareth Farry is a creative producer with 20+ years experience in Auckland. Past Arts manager for the British Council in NZ, he also set up and runs production company and label Sugarlicks, and in the early 2000s iconic Auckland venue Khuja Lounge. These days Gareth specialises in intercultural and social action arts work, connecting people across borders and the NZ Active Citizens programme. He lives off-grid in the Waitakere bush.