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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18th September, 2019 Events

WEBINAR: Valuing Our World Views: Indigenous Community at the Centre

Join indigenous community designers, Rebecca Kiddle and Danièle Hromek, to hear how they are pushing the boundaries of community development and design practice and principles by ensuring that indigenous design, knowledge and practice and the voices of community are front and centre in their work, and the differences this is making... READ MORE

30th July, 2019 JR McKenzie News

The Advocacy Chain and Systems Change – Philanthropy Summit 2019

The J R McKenzie Trust hosted a breakout session on The Advocacy Chain and Systems Change. Discussion was open and commentary came thick and fast. The energy in the room was high. Attendees from the philanthropic sector demonstrated an obvious interest in the subject area and were passionate about the potential for positive outcomes... READ MORE

30th July, 2019 JR McKenzie News

Māori Breakout Sessions at the Philanthropy Summit 2019

Two breakout sessions at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 were supported by the Māori Advisory Committee. The first, ‘Supporting Māori aspirations’ followed the thought provoking, courageous and challenging keynote presentation by Ani Mikaere ‘Undoing colonialism to do good’... READ MORE