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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Community Research Free Webinar: Māori-led Development

    February 19, 2018

    Māori-led Development: What’s working for whānau, hapū and iwi who are taking positive steps to achieve their aspirations? 

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018: 11:00am – 12.15pm 

    What can we learn from Te Kāwai Toro, a bold initiative from the J R McKenzie Trust which proactively addresses and enables Māori development through philanthropic funding?

    This 90-minute event will take place at your desk.  Places are free of charge.
  • 7–10 October 2018: IFIP 2018 Global Conference - Santa Fe, New Mexico

    January 25, 2018

    International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) conferences convene key Indigenous leaders, IFIP members and visionary grantmakers for deep discussion on the most important issues in the field, from Indigenous women and climate change to decolonising philanthropy. These popular events consistently receive high ratings from participants as pivotal events that have changed their perspectives and how they work.

    In 2018, the IFIP Global Conference will take place 7-10 October in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the IFIP website to learn more.