Today we are going to talk about Meng Foon. A politician from New Zealand named Meng Foon presided over Gisborne as mayor from 2001 to 2019. From August 2019 until June 2023, he was the Race Relations Commissioner for New Zealand. He resigned after failing to disclose payments totaling $2 million USD. He got temporary accommodation since he was a director of an investment firm. He is one of a select group of New Zealand mayors that are of Chinese heritage. He speaks Maori, Cantonese, and English effortlessly. He was the only mayor in New Zealand who spoke Maori well when he left office. He is a 64-year-old man. He was born in 1959 in Gisborne, North Island of New Zealand. His father is Liu Sui Kai (George) from Guangzhou, and his mother is Ng Heng Kiu (Helen) from Hong Kong. Market gardeners who owned a greengrocer in Gisborne, Foon’s parents were. Foon has a brother as well.
Who Is Meng Foon Wife?
Foon married his wife Ying, who was 20 years old at the time when he was 21. The couple has a son and two daughters. Foon studied Maori culture at Makaraka School, where he also practiced the haka war dance and learned about linen. Later, Foon attended both Gisborne Boys’ High School and Gisborne High School. At Gisborne Boys’ High School, Foon took classes in English, social studies, science, physical education, and Maori. Foon participated in high school rugby as well. Foon left high school in the sixth grade to work with his family’s landscaping company.
Foon added additional outlets to his family’s gardening company. The Kaiti Mall in Gisborne was also purchased by Foon and his family in the 1960s, and TAB, a booze shop, was established there. After retiring in 1985, Foon’s parents first relocated to Sydney, Australia, then to Hong Kong. Later, the family company was taken up by Meng, his brothers, and their spouses. 2018 saw the sale of Kaiti Mall by Foon and his family. The land and structures at Kaiti Mall were worth NZ$3.8 million at the time. Kaiti Mall has 12 tenants as of 2018 comprising business, government, and corporate tenants. Due to the efforts of two investigators, Foon served as a councilor for the Patutahi Taruheru ward of the Gisborne District Council in 1995. At that time, councilor Owen Pinching made retirement plans. After winning the 1995 local elections, Foon was chosen to represent Patutahi’s Taruheru Ward.
Foon unsuccessfully ran for the job of mayor of Gisborne in 1998. Foon reapplied for the job of mayor of Gisborne in 2001 and was elected. He stressed his family values, business acumen, Mori language proficiency, and money management abilities throughout his mayoral candidacy. Since Harry Barker’s retirement in 1977, he was the first mayor of Gisborne to hold the office for five consecutive terms. So this was all about this case. So, Stay tuned to PKB news.