The Fergusson Fund has been set up in memory of Glen Fergusson who passed away in November 2022 at the age of 85. A lifelong resident of Taranaki, Glen’s legacy lives on through this fund, established to support deserving students in Taranaki pursuing education in journalism and photography.

After completing year 12 at New Plymouth Boys High, he worked as an office junior for a year before joining the Taranaki Herald, where he stayed for 10 years before working at a local photography studio. Glen then had a big shift to General Foods Corp and Tip Top Ice Cream where he worked for many years selling ice-cream, his career came full circle when he returned to Taranaki Newspapers as Chief Photographer, a role he cherished until his retirement in 1997, describing it as the “best job in the world.”

Glen enjoyed his retirement years, but health challenges meant he needed to move into a rest home in 2021. With no children of his own, Glen wanted to leave a legacy to his community through Taranaki Foundation. The simplicity and effectiveness of the foundation’s approach resonated with Glen, inspiring him to establish a fund that would endure beyond his lifetime.

The Fergusson Fund, is designed to support deserving Taranaki students in the fields of journalism and photography.  Glen believed there are a lot of deserving students who could do with a helping hand to further their education and life skills.