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



  • 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.
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  • Face to Face Reporting - An Opportunity to Share and Learn

    December 15, 2017

    November was the month for our annual kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face reporting sessions. Organisations receiving our responsive grants funding in 2017 gathered together with the staff team of J R McKenzie in Auckland, Wellington and, for the first time, Invercargill. Almost 25 grantees gathered together over the three locations to share their achievements and successes, talk about the challenges they faced and how they overcame these, and discuss learnings and how these will influence future change.

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  • 7–10 October 2018: IFIP 2018 Global Conference - Santa Fe, New Mexico

    January 25, 2018

    Join the Conference Planning Committee Call on 31 January 2018 at 9.30am New Zealand time!

    IFIP aims to design conferences that help you build new partnerships, relationships and knowledge! Help make this happen by joining their conference planning committee for their IFIP 2018 Global Conference. Funders, join them in designing IFIP’s very first funders’ retreat at their conference. Help chart the way forward in crafting support for funders in their efforts to bolster philanthropy that enables self-determined development. If you would like to participate in the call, please email Ashley Hernandez at ashley[at]internationalfunders.org by 11.00am on Saturday 27 January 2018 (NZ time).

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  • The Free Store – Solving Challenges in Tandem

    November 30, 2017

    “The Free Store provides an inclusive community to belong to. We welcome people as they are, but we also provide rich and meaningful opportunities for participation. We don’t consider ourselves just a charity, but rather a whānau to belong to.” The J R McKenzie Trust interviewed one of our grantees Benjamin Johnson, Founder of The Free Store, about the amazing mahi they do.

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  • Join the Brand New IFIP Learning Institute: 11-13 April 2018!

    January 28, 2018

    Join IFIP as they learn how to transform the funding sector to one of understanding and respect for Indigenous Peoples. IFIP is launching its inaugural Learning Institute in New York just before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and its faculty includes local and global prominent Indigenous Leaders.

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