Sir John Robert McKenzie - KBE
Melbourne-born fancy-goods store proprietor John McKenzie he came to New Zealand for a holiday in 1909 and decided to set up a chain in New Zealand.
The first McKenzie store opened in Dunedin and the business grew rapidly. It became a public company in 1936 and 50 per cent of John McKenzie's shares were transferred to Rangatira, a private investment company.
By 1980, when the business was taken over, McKenzies (NZ) comprised 75 stores employing 1800 people.
The family name lives on in the J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund, set up in 1938 with a gift of £10,000, and the J R McKenzie Trust, set up in 1940 with £100,000.