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



19th September, 2018 JR McKenzie News

Suffrage 125 a milestone year for the National Council of Women

Today marks 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. On 19 September 1893, after the suffragists submitted a petition with nearly 32,000 signatures New Zealand became the first country in which women could vote. Three years later in 1896 Kate Sheppard founded the National Council of Women... READ MORE

31st August, 2018 Grantee Stories

Update on the Lifewise Merge Community Team

The Lifewise Merge Community team continues to flourish, particularly as the team’s skills and capabilities grow through training and practice... READ MORE

30th August, 2018 Grantee Stories

Children and Parents Flourish through Social Connectedness – Innovate Change

Established in 2011, Innovate Change uses creative and participatory approaches to build social connectedness that enables youth development, whānau well-being and positive ageing... READ MORE