Head of Mission

John MacDonald is a champion for radical community, inclusion and practical, everyday compassion, MacDonald’s favourite parts of the Bible are the bits about neighbourliness. Ordained in 1981, his work spans forty years, and his influence spans the country. Founder and Head of Mission for Splice - an organisation dedicated to connecting people to build a stronger and more loving Aotearoa, MacDonald is also the Head of Mission of the progressive Methodist Mission Northern. His counsel is frequently sought by those seeking to replicate his success. john@splice.org.nz


Creative Communicator

Madison O'Dwyer is 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, women in leadership and mental wellness across New Zealand. When she's not working, she's writing copious pages of poetry for her next collection, or spoiling her rescue dogs. maddy@splice.org.nz


Community Builder

Joanna Ji is an Active Citizens graduate with a passion for community wellbeing. A tech savvy, sanguine Law Student with a deep love for music, Joanna will be using all her skills to connect with our artistic and vibrant communities. joannaj@splice.org.nz


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 runs his production company and label Sugarlicks, and set up the iconic Auckland venue Khuja Lounge in the early 2000’s. These days Gareth specialises in intercultural and social action arts work, connecting people across borders through the NZ Active Citizens programme. He lives off-grid in the Waitakere bush. garethfa@splice.org.nz

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller