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



  • Face to Face Reporting - An Opportunity to Share and Learn

    December 15, 2017

    November was the month for our annual kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face reporting sessions. Organisations receiving our responsive grants funding in 2017 gathered together with the staff team of J R McKenzie in Auckland, Wellington and, for the first time, Invercargill. Almost 25 grantees gathered together over the three locations to share their achievements and successes, talk about the challenges they faced and how they overcame these, and discuss learnings and how these will influence future change.

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  • A Magical Evening

    December 13, 2017

    Trustees and staff were shocked, amazed and highly entertained when one of New Zealand’s most highly skilled magicians brought his ‘Magic Touch’ to a farewell dinner for two of the Trustees at Shed 5 in Wellington last week.

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  • Funding for Indigenous Peoples Hui a Success

    October 1, 2017

    The inaugural International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) Pacific Regional Hui held in early May, was organised in conjunction with Te Wānanga o Raukawa and Philanthropy NZ. Over 170 people attended the event. IFIP enabled an opportunity for Te Kāwai Toro to further meet their strategic goals, by building strategic relationships and to profile the low rate of philanthropic allocation to New Zealand’s indigenous communities.

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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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