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Governance, staff & volunteers

The Trustees, staff and volunteers at the J R McKenzie Trust are the current stewards of the legacy of one of New Zealand’s generous families – Sir John and Lady May McKenzie and their descendants.

The Trust employs four staff and has a large network of volunteers, who are involved in assessing grant applications and supporting organisations around the country.

The Trust Board comprises 13 volunteers, who are appointed in several ways:

  • Two Trustees are appointed by the McKenzie family
  • Six Trustees are appointed by Rotary, one from each of New Zealand’s Rotary Districts
  • One Trustee is appointed in conjunction with the NZ Law Society
  • One Trustee is appointed in conjunction with the NZ Medical Association
  • Three Trustees are appointed by the Board itself.

Current Board members are:

Patrick Cummings (Chair) Hamilton
Jonathan Usher Dunedin
Paula King Wellington
Charisma Rangipunga Christchurch
Manaia King Auckland
Christine Scott Auckland
Liz Tanielu Wellington
Chris McKenzie Christchurch
Jane Montgomery Christchurch
Anna Gibson Wellington
Joan Smith Wellington
Charles Wilson North Shore
Chelsea Grootveld Wellington


The staff are:

Robyn Scott Executive Director
Helen Anderson Trust Coordinator
Iain Hines Director, Peter McKenzie Project
Marama Takao Kaitohutohu
Eileen Kelly Grants Advisor and Programme Manager


From the beginning, Sir John McKenzie realised the value of Rotary as a network of civic-minded people throughout New Zealand. Rotarians were willing to help, and continue to do so today:

  • they advise the community about the Trust and what it does
  • they facilitate assessment in their region
  • on occasions they offer applicant groups further assistance and contacts.

Within each of the six Rotary Districts in New Zealand, there is a J R McKenzie Trust Panel.  The Chair of each Panel sits on our Trust Board.