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



  • Supporting Community Wellbeing and Financial Inclusion - Nga Tangata Microfinance

    April 10, 2018

    The kaupapa of Nga Tangata Mircrofinance Trust (NTM) is to promote and support social justice and financial inclusion. It provides safe, fair and affordable loans in low-income communities. In partnership with local budgeting services, it supports financial education, enables financial inclusion, and provides protection against predatory high-interest lenders.

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  • Māori-led Development. What’s working for whānau, hapū and iwi?  Watch the Webinar now.

    March 23, 2018

    In this webinar, Dr Chelsea Grootveld, Marama Tākao and successful Māori development grantees of the J R McKenzie Trust demonstrate what’s working for whānau, hapū and iwi who are taking positive steps to achieve their aspirations. Nan Wehipeihana reports on Te Kāwai Toro’s kaupapa Māori evaluation methods and its unique approach to weaving together learnings from these projects and initiatives.

    You can watch the webinar here.

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  • Shakti Youth: Strong Advocates of Social Change

    March 10, 2018

    The team at J R McKenzie Trust was honoured to be invited to attend the recent Justice Committee sitting at Parliament by Shakti Youth which was making its submission to the “Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill”. Shakti is the largest single provider of specialist domestic/family violence intervention, prevention and awareness services for Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities (ethnic migrants and refugees) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Shakti Youth has a mandate to inform, educate and empower young people from these same communities. Every year, the services support approximately 1,000 women and 700 children.

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  • Ara Taiohi – Developing a Rainbow Competency Framework for Youth Sector Organisations

    February 26, 2018

    As the peak body for youth development in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ara Taiohi supports its members and others who work with young people to be more connected, effective and accountable. The J R McKenzie Trust recognised that the piloting, evaluation and refinement of Ara Taiohi’s Rainbow Competency Framework was crucial so that the project could take its next steps. Supporting a peak body such as Ara Taiohi to undertake this important mahi meant that the positive impact would be felt more widely than a single organisation striving to achieve systemic change on its own.

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