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.

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15th March, 2019 JR McKenzie News

Refugee Sector shows solidarity in the face of Christchurch Mosque shootings

Family members, staff, trustees and friends of J R McKenzie Trust extend their heartfelt sympathy and aroha to the Muslim community of Christchurch and all Aotearoa New Zealand... READ MORE

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