Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to our website.

The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, we distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with our vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our funding is made possible by dividends received each year from Rangatira Investments, a company established by Sir J R McKenzie in 1937, that pioneered private investment in New Zealand. Today it grows iconic New Zealand businesses utilising a co-investment model.

The Trust is registered with Charities Services CC54094 and is a member of Philanthropy NZ.

Please browse our website to learn more about us, what we fund and the people and organisations we support.

News and Stories



  • Community Research Free Webinar: Māori-led Development

    February 19, 2018

    Māori-led Development: What’s working for whānau, hapū and iwi who are taking positive steps to achieve their aspirations? 

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018: 11:00am – 12.15pm 

    What can we learn from Te Kāwai Toro, a bold initiative from the J R McKenzie Trust which proactively addresses and enables Māori development through philanthropic funding?

    This 90-minute event will take place at your desk.  Places are free of charge.
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  • 7–10 October 2018: IFIP 2018 Global Conference - Santa Fe, New Mexico

    January 25, 2018

    International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) conferences convene key Indigenous leaders, IFIP members and visionary grantmakers for deep discussion on the most important issues in the field, from Indigenous women and climate change to decolonising philanthropy. These popular events consistently receive high ratings from participants as pivotal events that have changed their perspectives and how they work.

    In 2018, the IFIP Global Conference will take place 7-10 October in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the IFIP website to learn more.

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  • The Free Store – Solving Challenges in Tandem

    November 30, 2017

    “The Free Store provides an inclusive community to belong to. We welcome people as they are, but we also provide rich and meaningful opportunities for participation. We don’t consider ourselves just a charity, but rather a whānau to belong to.” The J R McKenzie Trust interviewed one of our grantees Benjamin Johnson, Founder of The Free Store, about the amazing mahi they do.

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