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.




Stories & Events



16th October, 2018 JR McKenzie News

Peter McKenzie Project Update – Spring 2018

Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga is a community alliance rising to the challenge of growing voice and power in Aotearoa NZ. Funded for three years by the Peter McKenzie Project (PMP), the alliance is currently drawing together sponsoring organisations to map out the first phase of its development... READ MORE

15th October, 2018 Grantee Stories

ActionStation – Mobilising Change for Good

ActionStation is an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation. Its missions is “to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us - everyday people and Papatūānuku, the planet we love.”... READ MORE

15th October, 2018 Grantee Stories

JustSpeak – Rallying for Justice

JustSpeak, ‘a youth-led movement for transformative change in criminal justice towards a fair, just and compassionate Aotearoa’, has a very important kaupapa. Connecting young people with opportunities, empowering them to have a voice in the conversation, cultivating public discussion based on evidence and experience, and advocating for positive and visionary change, is at the heart of their mahi.... READ MORE