Peter McKenzie Project

Imagine an Aotearoa New Zealand where all our tamariki, rangatahi and mokopuna flourish.

He oranga tamariki, he oranga whānau, he oranga tāngata.

Many of the organisations supported by J R McKenzie Trust work towards this goal.

The Peter McKenzie Project, one of the Trust’s programmes, shares this vision.  With $15 million to spend and a timeframe of up to 20 years, we aim to contribute to a significant reduction in the number of tamariki, rangatahi, and whānau living in hardship and poverty.

We are particularly interested in improving systems that affect the circumstances in which people live.

Today, 28% of Kiwi kids are living in a low-income household where their caregivers are struggling to provide them with the basics needed to allow them to flourish, for example food, shoes and a warm house.  That’s one in every four children in New Zealand and this number has more than doubled over the past 30 years.

We want all children to have a chance to live a life filled with opportunities to thrive.  We want to ensure that tomorrow’s tamariki don’t suffer the sometimes life-long effects of living in poverty.

Peter McKenzie, a grandson of Sir John McKenzie, was instrumental in establishing and leading the Jayar Trust, which funds the Peter McKenzie Project. He seeded the idea of spending all of its funds on one focus over a period of up to 20 years.  Sadly, Peter died in 2012 and this programme was named in his honour. 

The Peter McKenzie Project has its own website, with more information about Peter and progress of the project. Please click the button below to learn more.