Rangatira is New Zealand’s leading long-term investor in private business
Founded in 1937, Rangatira has a rich and productive history of investing in leading New Zealand companies. With a permanent asset base, we invest for the long-term alongside business owners to build superior companies and brands.
Our aim is to partner with the best business leaders to grow New Zealand companies to generate dividend income and asset growth for our partners and shareholders.
Rangatira Investments was founded by Sir John Robert (JR) McKenzie with its initial holding a majority interest in the McKenzie department store chain (est. 1909). JR set up Rangatira to enable its shares to be gifted to a series of charitable trusts, who now form the majority of the shareholders. He divided the management and creation of capital to Rangatira, and the allocation of the funds to the trustees – a model that carries on today. His son, Sir Roy McKenzie carried on the legacy, and to this day 4th generation McKenzie family are active as kaitiaki of that legacy.
Rangatira embodies the pioneering and philanthropic nature of the McKenzie family, through a desire for growing great New Zealand businesses, while supporting causes that improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Over 65% of Rangatira is owned by the J R McKenzie Trust and other charities working in the areas of Child Poverty, Māori Development, Youth Education & Palliative Care.
Throughout its history, Rangatira has been a key investor during the formative stages of many iconic New Zealand companies, including Watties, Golden Bay Cement, The Mount Cook Group, Montana Wines, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, ANZCO Foods, DB Breweries, Nelson Fisheries Ltd, Feltex Carpets, Hellers, Tuatara & Contract Resources.