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Who we are

TJRM Homepage Tophe J R McKenzie Trust is a charitable Trust set up in 1940 by Sir John McKenzie, and continued today by his family.  It has a long and proud history of helping to build stronger communities in New Zealand.

The 1940 Deed that established the J R McKenzie Trust was insightful for its time. It allowed the Trust Board to make donations for any charitable or educational purposes it selected. This has allowed successive Trust Boards to focus on issues relevant to their time. Largely, although the focus of the Trust has changed over time, the purpose has been to improve the quality of life of New Zealanders.

Our key areas of focus today are disdvantaged children and their families, and Maori development. As an independent philanthropic Trust, we work with our partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to contribute to our vision of  “A socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand”.

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