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



30th July, 2018 JR McKenzie News

Partnering for Social Change – A Peter McKenzie Project Funding Announcement

The Peter McKenzie Project (PMP) is very pleased to make its first grant totalling $1.37m over five years. In partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PMP is supporting a new social innovation hub, Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, which is designed to increase Māori participation, success, and progression in education and employment in the Ngāi Tahu region.... READ MORE

30th July, 2018 JR McKenzie News

He Pito Mata – July 2018

Kia ora. Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of He Pito Mata. This edition is filled to the brim with exciting funding announcements concerning recent decisions made by the Trustees of the J R McKenzie Trust... READ MORE

15th May, 2018 Grantee Stories

The Free Store – Solving Challenges in Tandem

The Free Store is somewhat unique in its approach to supporting its community, but it has a commonly-held purpose: helping those in need in the most respectful way possible. The concept evolved from an installation by artist Kim Paton, which was part of the Letting Spaces series. A small retail space was stocked with food which could then be taken by anyone, free of charge... READ MORE