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The J R McKenzie Trust (JRMT), with a legacy of over 75 years of working for social justice and inclusion in Aotearoa, has established the Peter McKenzie Project – a project and fund dedicated to reducing child and family poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Peter McKenzie was a grandson of Sir John McKenzie (the founder of JRMT), and was instrumental in establishing the Jayar Trust, which funds the Peter McKenzie Project. He chaired Jayar for years and seeded the Idea of spending all its funds on one focus over up to 20 years.  Sadly, Peter died in 2012.

The Jayar Charitable Trust was established in 1998. Initially some of its earnings were passed on to JRMT for distribution through grants.  More recently the JRMT Board decided to spend all the capital contained in this fund (currently about $15 million) over a period of up to 20 years, on a specific focus area, with appropriate evaluation, to achieve positive social change.  This is the fuel for the Peter McKenzie Project.

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