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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5th July, 2019 Grantee Stories

Drive One, Give One: Changing Lives One Licence at a Time

Want to be part of an initiative that’s changing lives and improving family well-being one driver licence at a time? Here’s how you can use your skills to make a difference. The Puketāpa Community Driving School (PCDS) team supports women from resettled communities by making driver training more affordable and accessible... READ MORE

5th April, 2019 Grantee Stories

Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust – Empowering from Within

Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust (NTPCT) has a mission “to provide, support and strengthen the Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community to grow, achieve and prosper”. From its roots as a wholly volunteer-led organisation, it has grown and developed into a fully-fledged community service provider.... READ MORE

5th April, 2019 Grantee Stories

Te Waipuna Puawai (HEART Movement) – Growing Loving, Safe and Supportive Relationships

Te Waipuna Puawai (TWP) is a thriving community development initiative, based in the heart of the Tamaki community in Auckland. Established in 1999, TWP is committed to working with and alongside women, children and families... READ MORE