Knowing their children would be well cared for, Bob Page also wanted to leave something behind that would specifically benefit people in Tauranga.
Bob Page was originally a marine engineer, and later he co-founded Page and Macrae Engineering in 1953. Among the many successful projects this firm undertook were the building of the Ruahihi power station and the giant tanks at the Port of Tauranga.
Bob was passionate about seeing young people succeed. For many years he was on the apprenticeship board. He was one of life’s true gentlemen and he had a dream to continue to support young people. Though he passed away in 2006, his wife Pat worked with the Acorn Foundation to bring his dream to life.
The Page Acorn scholarships are awarded annually to apprentices and employees of local engineering firms, to assist with the costs of study. The first of the scholarships were given away in February 2010.