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



14th December, 2018 JR McKenzie News

He Pito Mata – Christmas 2018

He Pito Mata – Christmas 2018 Edition... READ MORE

13th December, 2018 Grantee Stories

Mauria Te Pono Trust – “We’re just one of them”

A ‘by whānau, for whānau’ solution to abuse and addiction and to whanau. Walking into Gisborne’s Ka Pai Kaiti is like walking into a wharekai, there’s an obvious sense of urgency mixed with organised chaos, yet an overwhelming aroma of aroha, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Greeted with arms open wide... READ MORE

12th December, 2018 Grantee Stories

The UMMA Trust – Empowering Former Refugee and Migrant Women and Families

The UMMA Trust was established in 2003 to provide social and community services for former refugee and migrant communities with a specific focus on the wellbeing of Muslim women, children and families who are socially and economically disadvantaged.... READ MORE