Creating a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia hua mai he whenua ka toko i te tika me te pono hei korowai mō Aotearoa

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.

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15th October, 2019 Grantee Stories

Billy Graham Youth Foundation – Empowering Rangatahi to Thrive

The Billy Graham Youth Foundation (BGYF) is the national body that supports communities who choose to use the Naenae Boxing Academy (NBA) model to care for their young people. NBA is about teaching rangatahi life-skills through... READ MORE

15th October, 2019 Grantee Stories

Safe, Inclusive, Stigma-Free Communities – The Peer Tree

The Peer Tree, an initiative of Kites Trust, is a youth peer support service that seeks to provide safe and inclusive spaces for young people/taiohi aged 18-24 years who are experiencing, or have experienced, mental illness... READ MORE

15th October, 2019 Grantee Stories

Poutama Rites of Passage – programme equips girls with tools for life in the digital age

Ancient Māori wisdom is being drawn on to provide adolescent girls, coming of age in the digital era, with tools to guide them into adulthood. E Hine is a community initiative curriculum which focuses on the crucial transition from girlhood to womanhood... READ MORE