The Lifewise Executive Team

Moira Lawler, former Chief Executive, Lifewise


Moira Lawler stepped down as Chief Executive at the end of January 2020. For six years, Moira was the leader of Lifewise, a social innovator with its roots in the Methodist church. Lifewise provides a range of services in the community and works with people to create sustainable solutions to complex issues. Our current focus areas include alternatives to foster care, new pathways to permanent housing for youth and adults experiencing homelessness, and options to combat loneliness in older adults.

Moira has a background in education, community and economic development and public policy. Before joining Lifewise, Moira was a General Manager at Porirua City Council, responsible for long-term planning, resident engagement, and city development. She has a passion for community development and community engagement and has held governance roles in these areas nationally and internationally.

Moira Lawler

John MacDonald, Head of Mission, Methodist Mission Northern

Per Mare Per Terras. By sea, by land. The salty sea is in my blood, and connectedness to the land in my bones. The ancient MacDhòmhnaill motto still says it for me.

My family, close and extended, my community close and extended, I find my soul enriched by so many friends. We journey together enjoying a family-ness beyond bloodlines, each intimate and characterized by unique realities.

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata, nothing more and nothing less. The privilege has been mine to enjoy great people and places for lots of years.

Bruce Stone, Chief Executive, Airedale Property Trust

Bruce has 40 years of accounting and management experience in construction and property development.

Prior to joining Airedale Property Trust, he was Director of a company that developed over 400 affordable houses; 210 of these were social housing. He then had five years’ experience as Special Programmes Manager, Property Improvement Team HNZC responsible for Modernisation, EEF, Refurbishment and Rural Housing programmes.

Bruce has been with Airedale Property Trust since its incorporation in 2009.

Bruce Stone

The Lifewise Trust Board

Marion Hines

Marion Hines is the current chair of The Lifewise Trust. She is a retired public servant having enjoyed a career with the Ministry of Justice. Roles included being the Manager of the High Court in Auckland for 12 years and being the National Training Manager for Higher Courts. She is also the current chair of a well established Auckland theatre company, Pilgrim Productions. Marion attends the Pitt Street Methodist Church and her passion for Lifewise arises out of being inspired by Methodist history of John and Charles Wesley and by the Lifewise way of developing solutions to community need. She has a post graduate Diploma in Management from Auckland University and is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management.

Peter Glensor

After a period of elected office in health and local government, Peter has returned to operational leadership in the community sector and has been asked to head up a new entity – Hui E! Community Aotearoa – to connect, support, strengthen and promote the Community Sector – the broad voluntary and community sector, tangata whenua organisations, charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts and informal community groups.

Peter is also a Member of the District Licencing Committee – Hutt City Council, is Principal Consultant and Director for Common Life Ltd, Board Chair of Wesley Community Action and a Board Member of Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.

John MacDonald

John is Methodist Mission Northern’s Head of Mission and has over recent years been the Chaplain at Large in the Auckland City Centre. He has led the development of Splice: Courage, Compassion, Community, a movement of people concerned for the development of social infrastructure in the City Centre. Splice is an expression of ‘being the Church in a new way’ that challenges the effects of isolation and disconnection often experienced by City Centre apartment dwellers. John has served in two ecumenical congregations as parish minister, and private and corporate hospitality. He has an interest in the arts community, particularly in storytelling, poetry and music.

Rohan MacMahon

Rohan MacMahon is a management consultant, formerly the Strategy Director at Crown Fibre Holdings. He also leads the Auckland Street Choir, which he founded in 2015. Whether as a Lifewise Big Sleepout participant or as a Splicer who brings city-centre folks together over a joyful tune, Rohan believes in bringing about positive changes by working together in harmony.

Vaughn Davis

Vaughn is a Creative Director who believes that Creativity is the ultimate competitive advantage. As a director, he believes that companies and their Boards need a diversity of thought and perspective for creativity to happen and this is what he offers.

Communication has been at the heart of Vaughn’s professional life for 20 years – he specialises in making the complex simple, and helping people and organisations find their voice and then use it to tell compelling stories. Vaughn is also a Council member of Unitec, Deputy Chair of, Owner/Creative Director of The Goat Farm (an advertising and social media business), Content Director for TEDx Auckland, an annual event that connects 15 speakers to an audience of 2,500, and a Radio Host on RadioLIVE where he produces and hosts Sunday Social, a 1-hour weekly nationwide show about social media, etc.

Vaughn is Co-Convenor of the Auckland Social Media Club which is New Zealand’s largest monthly gathering for the tech and online community and is a permanent member of The Moxie Sessions which is a monthly meetup aimed at generating new thinking about how New Zealand can best take advantage of the Internet.

Kathleen Tuai-Taufoou

Kathleen is Executive Director of Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust (SIAOLA). She has spent the past 13 years working in the Pacific Community/Not For Profit Sector and she is a member of a number of Pacific Advisory Groups. Prior to that, Kathleen spent a number of years in the Pacific Health Sector and also in the Pacific Social Sector.

Rex Nathan

Former President of The Methodist Church of Aotearoa NZ, Rex’s membership within Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa is Tai Tokerau Rohe within Te Taha Maori. Rex also belongs to a number of local organisations and committees and the concept of Lifewise and Methodist Mission fit perfectly with his focus of working with local organisations and groups who are committed and dedicated and work tirelessly to making lives better for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

The Lifewise Executive Team

Grant Taylor, Acting CEO for Lifewise and Service Manager, Health & Disability Services

I have worked for the past 22 years in the health industry both in New Zealand and the U.K. I have a clinical background as a physiotherapist and in the last 10 years have moved into management roles within the rehabilitation and disability sectors. I am passionate about leading teams to deliver high quality health services to vulnerable people in our communities.

Outside of work I still play “old men” football during the winter and enjoy supporting my two children in their sporting and social pursuits all year round, of which there are many!

Peter Shimwell, Community Services Manager

Peter leads the Community Services area with Lifewise which consists of Family Services, Housing First Auckland City Centre, and our Youth Housing programme. Originally from the UK, Peter has a background in social housing, community development, youth & community work and project management, spanning nearly 20 years in the NGO and local authority sector.

Peter is passionate about people and works to ensure that those who benefit from our services are at the heart of everything we do – engaged, consulted and integral to the planning, delivery and evaluation of our work.

“It’s great to be part of the Lifewise team we have an amazingly diverse, dedicated and skilled workforce who work tirelessly to make a difference to those in most need of help and support.”

Outside of Lifewise, Peter enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors, exploring new places and enjoying NZ’s beautiful landscapes.

Katee Waetford, Manager, Lifewise, Early Childhood Education, Services, Auckland

Katee Waetford, Service Manager, Early Childhood Education

Katee oversees the ECE services of Lifewise. With an extensive background in teaching, management and education facilitation, Katee joined the team at Lifewise in 2015.

Katee’s goal is to create high quality low cost childcare within the community for children and families who otherwise may not have the opportunity.

“It’s a real privilege to be in a role that allows me to contribute so positively to the lives of young children and their families.”

Zoe Truell, Practice & Development Manager

Zoe Truell has a background in social work, community development, service development and human centred design. She has worked in local and central government and in the NGO and community sector. Prior to starting at Lifewise in March 2016, Zoe introduced a human centred design approach into service development and delivery at the Waste Solutions Unit in Auckland Council. Zoe has previously worked for Child Youth and Family where she specialised in foster care.

Zoe is passionate about enabling and empowering marginalized people and communities. She uses participatory human centred design models and integrated approaches and methodologies to tackling complex social issues.

Zoe Truell
Fiona Masson

Fiona Masson, Group Human Resources Manager

It is people, it is people, it is people – nothing is more important to the success of any organisation or any community than the people themselves. My work in Human Resources is focused on enhancing organisational outcomes through people. Engaged staff, led effectively, lead to better customer outcomes and organisational sustainability. I believe that first you have to build, engage and support your internal team and community so that they can perform at their best for customers, clients, and the wider community. As a Human Resource and Organisational Development professional I have worked across a number of different industries and sizes of organisations including community governance roles.

Haehaetu Barrett, Service Manager, Lifewise Rotorua

Te Arawa te Waka
Te Arawa te Iwi
Whakaue te Tangata
Ngati Karenga te Hapu
Ngongotaha te Maunga
Utuhina te Awa
Para Te Hoata Te Kohea te Marae
Tunohopu te Tipuna
Ko Haehaetu Barrett toku ingoa, ko au te Kaiwhakahaere o Lifewise Rotorua

Kia ora, my name is Haehaetu Barrett, I am the Service Manager of Lifewise Rotorua. I have been with the organisation since June 2010, we are based in region of Te Arawa, Rotorua. Rotorua is one of the exciting teams at Lifewise and I am privileged to provide leadership for our small workforce and the communities that we serve.

My background is Management and Leadership in Community Mental Health and Addictions at the NGO level and also Regional Workforce Development throughout the Midland DHB regions. I am a Social Worker by trade (2000), however have held Senior Management roles for the last 15 years. I have a PostGrad Cert in Business Management and am currently on the pathway to achieving my MBA with the University of Waikato.

My family are my strength and my children are my pulse for leading Community Development strategies both at a personal and professional level.

Darragh O’Riordan, Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Manager

Darragh O’Riordan is driven by a desire to work collaboratively in order to create positive social change in a local and individual context. Experienced in fundraising, marketing and public relations, Darragh chooses to combine this knowledge to help enhance the lives of people who have experienced vulnerable times.

Darragh was born in London to Irish parents and witnessed the effects of poverty and social injustice from an early age. She attributes her strong work ethic and commitment to the community and to her mother who mentored Darragh from an early age to use the privilege of education, health and well-being to better society.

Lifewise is a registered charity under the name The Lifewise Trust, registration number CC40248

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