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 December, 2019 JR McKenzie News

Study Tour to Canada with Philanthropy Australia

By Robyn Scott, Executive Director, J R McKenzie Trust. In October 2019, I joined a group of 15 CEOs/Trustees from Philanthropy Australia on a philanthropy-focused tour across Canada. We visited 14 organisations... READ MORE

18th December, 2019 Ngā Kaikōkiri

FinCap: Collaborative Advocacy Reaps Rewards

The FinCap world is focussed on those in financial hardship. 70,000 people visit Aotearoa New Zealand’s 200 local, free financial capability and budgeting services each year to... READ MORE

18th December, 2019 Ngā Kaikōkiri

Te Pae Tata – growing Ruapehu learners, creators and leaders

An Ohakune-based iwi organisation, Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust is leading the way in connecting whānau through the innovative use of technology to create meaningful outcomes... READ MORE